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Stanford Report, June 20, 2001
Business School honors its 76th graduating class

Dean Robert Joss of the Graduate School of Business handed out nearly 400 diplomas Sunday during the school's 76th annual spring commencement. In addition, the graduates expressed thanks and a public goodbye to two deans and a program director who are stepping down.

During the two-hour ceremony in Frost Amphitheater, the Business School awarded seven Ph.D. degrees, 335 MBA degrees, two JD/MBA degrees, 48 Sloan Master of Science in Management degrees and two master's degrees in business research.

Thirty-seven MBA graduates were named Arjay Miller Scholars as representatives of the academically top 10 percent of the class. Among the Arjay Miller Scholars, Peter Frith was named the Henry Ford II Scholar for his placement at the top of the class. Classmate George Young received the Alexander A. Robichek Student Achievement Award in Finance. Honored by her peers, Phyllis Ferrell received a standing ovation and the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award in recognition of her contributions of time, effort, leadership and drive, especially related to this year's Challenge for Charity. Presented by Susan Arbuckle, youngest daughter of the late Business School dean, the award is bestowed on the student who, through active participation, initiative, leadership and personal integrity, is judged as having contributed most to the fulfillment of the goals of the school.

Joss noted that George Parker, who as senior associate dean for academic affairs and director of the MBA program has presided over the awarding of master's degrees at eight consecutive commencement exercises, turns over his administrative reins this year to return full-time to teaching as the Dean Witter Professor of Finance and Management.

A spontaneous standing ovation greeted the introduction of Marie Mookini, who as assistant dean and director of MBA admissions supervised the selection of the Class of 2001. This group of admitted students faced the most competitive admissions process in the history of the school, Parker said. "Say thank you to the person who made 360 great decisions two years ago," he said. Mookini leaves the admissions office to take a position in the school's development office.

Kirk Hanson, director of the Sloan Program for mid-career executives, presented diplomas to the Sloan graduates for the sixth and final time. He assumes a post at Santa Clara University at the start of the new academic year.

As Joss concluded the ceremony, the Sloan graduates exuberantly sprayed fellow classmates with a dense shower of multicolored string.