Finale 2020: Senior Recognition & Appreciation Ceremony

On May 9, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies celebrated Finale with the Jepson Class of 2020, comprising 75 seniors who majored in, and 15 seniors who minored in, leadership studies. Although this year's Finale was virtual via this Web page, we look forward to the time when we can come together in person to celebrate our seniors' many accomplishments.

Dean Sandra Peart's Message to the Class of 2020

Jepson School Class of 2020 Video


The Mace Award: Daniel T. Mahoney
The Mace Award was established in 1947 by a gift given in honor of former University of Richmond Rector Douglas Southall Freeman. The name of the University of Richmond’s Outstanding Student is recorded upon the mace in each successive year, beginning with the 1947-48 academic year. This student must have a clear record of exceptional scholarly achievement and demonstrated leadership throughout their years at the University. Read Dan's story.

The James MacGregor Burns Award: Eliana R. Fleischer
The James MacGregor Burns Award winner must have demonstarted an outstanding grasp of the body of knowledge associated with leadership studies; excelled at the University generally; been actively involved in service to the Jepson School, University, and community; shown an ability to generalize and apply leadership theory and research in unique and imaginative ways; and displayed the capacity both to lead others and help others lead themselves. Read Eliana's story.

The Fredric M. Jablin Award for Undergraduate Research: Eliana R. Fleischer
The Fredric M. Jablin Award for Undergraduate Research is given in memory of leadership studies professor Fredric Jablin, a beloved teacher and scholar. The monetary award is given to a rising Jepson senior to assist with a research project. Read Eliana's story.

The Servant Leader Award: Lina Tori Jan
The Jepson Student Government Association presents the Servant Leader Award to a member of the University of Richmond community who embodies the qualities of servant leadership. According to the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, "Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations, and ultimately creates a more just and caring world." Read Lina's story.

Jepson Scholars: Taylor Hoogsteden and Lina Tori Jan
The Jepson Scholars Program, made possible by a generous donation from Robert S. Jepson Jr., B'64, GB'75, H'87, and Alice Andrews Jepson, funds room, board, tuition, and fees for up to three graduating seniors who have been accepted into a one-year master's program at the University of Oxford. Taylor will pursue a master's in higher education, and Lina a master's in public policy. Read Taylor's story and Lina's story.


Leadership studies majors
Symbol key appears below the lists of students

Sophia R. Arzt ..... Larchmont, N.Y. Paul A. Knepple† ..... Highlands, N.J.
Nimisha Bangalore ..... Garden City, N.Y. Grace Y. H. Lynch◊#¢ ..... Wilton, Conn.
Michael L. Blake ..... Appomattox, Va. Kathryn K. Lynch ..... Charlotte, N.C.
Carlie Q. Blessing◊ ..... Moorestown, N.J. Abigail L. Lyons ..... Milwaukee, Wis.
Bridget K. Bodley†#..... Catonsville, Md. Daniel T. Mahoney§◊* ..... Needham, Mass.
Logan A. Boenning ..... Mountainside, N.J. Matthew A. Manella ..... Lake Forest, Ill.
Katherine C. Brumund¢ ..... Baton Rouge, La. Kate A. McCarthy◊¢ ..... Albany, N.Y.
Elizabeth Bush∆◊ ..... Dallas, Texas Peyton K. McGovern ..... Methuen, Mass.
Sarah C. Clayton ..... New Canaan, Conn. Sara J. Messervey#◙ ..... Grass Valley, Calif.
Olivia M. Coffey ..... Garden City, N.Y. Sara J. Milano† ..... Bedford, Mass.
Edward T. Curry ..... Crestwood, N.Y. Megan N. Mitchell ..... Glenview, Ill.
Ayele J. d'Almeida* ..... Bloomington, Minn. Joseph E. Moise III† ..... St. Louis, Mo.
Erika T. Echternach§◊ ..... Lititz, Pa. Jack F. Mullin§* ..... New York, N.Y.
Katherine E. Fell ..... Chatham, N.J. Adrian Nash ..... Tully, N.Y.
Eliana R. Fleischer*◊¢ ..... Glencoe, Ill. Emma F. Nash¢ ..... Midlothian, Va.
Olivia W. Folger ..... New York, N.Y. Jane T. Neuhoff ..... Dallas, Texas
Connor J. Frascati ..... Staten Island, N.Y. Conrad S. Niebuhr*# ..... Williamsburg, Va.
Alexandra E. Friedman ..... New York, N.Y. Claire E. Noppenberger§□ ..... Catonsville, Md.
Katherine S. Gallagher ..... Charlottesville, Va. Lauren H. O'Brien§*¢□ ..... Middletown, N.J.
Aaron J. L. Gano†*# ..... Bethlehem, Ga. Jonathan A. Ohlmann ..... Manhasset, N.Y.
Rachael K. Glackin ..... Centerport, N.Y. Cassidy G. Poole§□ ..... Andover, Mass.
Rebecca L. Goldman ..... Irvington, N.Y. Michelle A. Quinlisk§ ..... Duxbury, Mass.
Colin J. Green ..... Baltimore, Md. Darius J. Reynolds ..... Yorktown, Va.
Erin L. Haydon ..... Hamilton, Bermuda Nicolette G. Romley ..... Bronxville, N.Y.
Justin R. Hayes ..... Chatham, N.J. Victoria Bates Samuel ..... Bristol, Tenn.
Emma E. Henderson§ ..... Newton, Mass. Jennifer J. Schneider ..... Fairfield, Conn.
Jaide A. Hinds-Clarke ..... Westwood, N.J. Jason A. Schwartz¢ ..... Metuchen, N.J.
Carey J. Hocker ..... Darien, Conn. Julia R. Schwartz§ ..... Garnet Valley, Pa.
Alyssa R. Holt ..... Bryn Mawr, Pa. Alexander D. Seeley ..... New York, N.Y.
Matthew B. Holyst ..... Tolland, Conn. Lina Tori Jan* ..... Kabul, Afghanistan
Taylor Hoogsteden§†◊ ..... Princeton Junction, N.J. James R. Tyler IV ..... Raleigh, N.C.
Lauren E. Ilsley ..... Lexington, Mass. Mehreen Usman†*∆ ..... Leawood, Kan.
Samantha M. Jaeger¢ ..... Old Bridge, N.J. Stella E. Von Spreckelsen ..... Brooklyn, N.Y.
Paige Jordan ..... Garden City, N.Y. Jackson C. Wade ..... Newton, Mass.
Olivia C. Justis ..... Richmond, Va. Benjamin S. Weinstein#∆ ..... Chevy Chase, Md.
Kevin R. Kennedy§*¢ ..... Sudbury, Mass. Megan B. Wiora ..... Dallas, Texas
Alexander K. Kirk¢ ..... Long Beach, Calif. Monique A. Yen# ..... Cleveland, Ohio
Rachel B. Kleiman◊ ..... Cranbury, N.J.

Leadership studies minors
Symbol key appears below the list of students

David S. Ataide ..... Livingston, N.J. Hanna J. Lankler ..... Larchmont, N.Y.
Miranda V. Barbosa# ..... Hamilton, N.J. Allison M. Ludwig ..... Ephrata, Pa.
Justina Z.-T. Choo# ..... Piscataway, N.J. Holly E. Lundeen ..... Great Falls, Va.
Madeleine J. Delbeau ..... Newark, Del. Allison J. McLaughlin ..... Easton, Md.
Meghan N. Dillon ..... Newton Square, Pa. Michael B. Paul ..... Leawood, Kan.
Micah J. Hunter-Chang# ..... Charlottesville, Va. Alexis Russell# ..... Carmel, Ind.
Emma M. Joaquin ..... Ashland, Mass. Caroline A. Thomas ..... Naples, Fla.
Ryan T. Lacey ..... Mechanicsville, Va.

§The Jepson School of Leadership Studies Honor Society recognizes outstanding academic achievement in leadership studies. To be eligible for membership, a student must be a major in the top 10 percent of the class, with a leadership studies GPA of 3.5 or higher and a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.2. The Class of 2020 kept the bar high, with no student earning below a 3.82 GPA in leadership studies, and all earning a cumulative GPA above a 3.66.

¢Honors Research in Leadership Studies is a track that allows majors with a proven academic record, intellectual initiative, and scholarly drive to earn honors in leadership studies. Students develop a research project on a question in the study of leadership, spend a full academic year working on this project with a Jepson faculty member, and complete an honors thesis. Abstracts and videos of students' honors research projects and independent research projects appear on the Jepson Research Symposium Web page.

∆Mortar Board, the oldest national college senior honor society, recognizes leadership, service, and academic development. Pi Alpha is the University of Richmond chapter of Mortar Board.

◊Omicron Delta Kappa Society, the national leadership honor society, recognizes those who have attained a high standard in both scholarly endeavors and collegiate activities and have inspired others to strive for similar levels of achievement.

□Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded in 1776 at the College of William & Mary and is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society.

◙The Ethics Bowl Team participates in the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition.

†The Jepson Student Government Association serves as the official governing body of the Jepson School student body; enhances academic life; promotes faculty, staff, and student interaction; and facilitates cooperation and activities between other student organizations and the University to further common interests.

*The Jepson Corps is an emissary group of students who educate external parties on the benefits of a Jepson education, articulate the student experience, and participate in processes that strengthen the School’s mission. Students are invited to join based on their academic performance and engagement in the School, University, or community.

#The Science Leadership Scholars Program, offered in conjunction with the School of Arts and Sciences, is a co-curricular program that provides students with the opportunity to study leadership in the context of scientific pursuits, the ethical challenges associated with the way science is conducted, and the impact that science has on the global community.