At Commencement, Grads Urged to Be Generous Leaders

Nearly 2,000 business students receive diplomas this year

A willingness to give back without reward is a key characteristic of leaders who succeed, alumnus Rick Kash (LAS ’68), vice chairman of Nielsen, told DePaul University business graduates at their commencement this spring

“The role of generosity in our lives is the gift of being able and willing to give without expecting anything in return,” said Kash in his commencement address. “What separates graduates who get to the top of the leadership ladder is that they make generosity an imperative in their careers.”

Kash, a member of the college’s advisory council, received an honorary degree at the event, which was held June 11 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. This year diplomas were awarded to nearly 2,000 business students who completed their studies at the Driehaus College of Business and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of graduates, the ceremony recognized faculty members for their contributions to DePaul. Nancy Hill, who retired this spring after teaching accountancy at DePaul for 27 years, was given the university’s highest faculty-staff  honor, the Via Sapientiae Award.

John Ahern, interim director of the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems, presented the award to Hill, praising her as “a thoughtful scholar, trailbrazing leader and a respected colleague who consistently and selflessly put the needs of the university at the forefront.”

Professor Lawrence Hamer and Accountancy Instructor Robert J. Ryan received Lawrence W. Ryan Distinguished Teaching Awards, based on votes cast by graduating business seniors.  The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business Class of 2017 chose Associate Professor of Finance Sanjay Deshmukh and Management Professor Erich Dierdorff to receive Gus Economos Distinguished Teaching Awards. Mike Avella, who teaches hospitality leadership, and Charles Drehmer, who teaches marketing, were honored with Daniel Seiden Adjunct Teaching Awards.

The ceremony marked the final DePaul commencement for the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., as university president and for Ray Whittington as dean of DePaul’s business college.  Father Holtschneider is stepping down from DePaul’s leadership July 1. He will join Ascension Health as its executive vice president and chief operating officer. Whittington returns this summer to the directorship of DePaul’s School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems, which he led before becoming dean 11 years ago.

See highlights from the Driehaus College of Business 2017 commencement: 

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