Graduation Day, Part 2: Class Gift raises the bar

Ryan presents Dean Sheppard with Class Gift. Note: This is also NOT the correct wearing of the hood.

After the Welcome speech by Associate Dean Gallagher, and the presentation of the Excellence in Teaching Awards by Ray, it was time to find out whether the 2010d CCMBA class could take the throne as having the highest participation in giving.

With $22,031 pledged (before company-matching) and 82% participation, the answer was an emphatic “YES!”, as we beat the previous record of 76% participation from the other 2010 CCMBA graduating class.  By my unofficial math, that represents an average gift of $235 per person, which may not seem a lot until you realize each classmate has already given a six-figure “gift” to Fuqua in the past 24 months!

After receipt of the big game show check, Dean Sheppard thanked us all for our contribution, and relayed how important donations are in keeping Fuqua at the cutting edge of business education and leadership.  As part of the thank you remarks, Dean Sheppard highlighted how our class, the first of the revamped CCMBA program, was conceptualized and developed using the same sort of donations from those that have graduated before us.

To paraphrase the Dean, “Fantastic work Ryan…I’ve never seen someone who could twist arms so successfully, via EMAIL no less!”


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