Finale 2021: Senior Recognition and Appreciation Ceremony

On May 6, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies celebrated Finale with the Jepson Class of 2021, comprising 81 seniors who majored in, and eight seniors who minored in, leadership studies. 

Jepson School Class of 2021 Video

University of Richmond Student Commencement Speaker

Student Commencement Speaker: Ana Paula Alvarado
Graduating seniors from the School of Arts and Sciences, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, and Robins School of Business are invited to submit personal speeches to be considered for the student Commencement address. A faculty and staff panel then reviews the speeches and selects the student speaker. Read Ana Paula's story.


The Mace Award: Alec Greven
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 Alec's story.
The James MacGregor Burns Award: India Henderson 
The James MacGregor Burns Award recipient 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 India's story. 

The Fredric M. Jablin Award for Undergraduate Research: Rong Bao
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 Jepson senior to assist with a research project. Read Rong's story.

Jepson Scholars and the Luce Scholar

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

Read Alec's story. 

Read Keeley's story. 

Read Kexin's story. 

Luce Scholar: Fiona Carter-Tod
The Henry Luce Foundation launched the Luce Scholars Program in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The nationally competitive fellowship provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia annually for 15 to 18 graduating seniors and young alumni. Fiona Carter-Tod is University of Richmond’s first Luce Scholar. Read Fiona's story.

Jepson Research Symposium

On April 16, 2021, the Jepson School hosted the annual Jepson Research Symposium virtually. Thirteen students presented their honors research, and another 10 students presented their independent research. View the research abstracts here. 

The Class of 2021

Leadership studies majors
Symbol key appears below the lists of students

Seema Ahmed ..... McLean, Va. Jenny Kramer ..... Ridgefield, Conn. 
Ana Paula Alvarado ..... Tegucigalpa, Honduras Hannah Lee§¢ ..... Sherborn, Mass. 
Nora Apt#..... McLean, Va.  Haley Levesque ..... Sudbury, Mass. 
Rong Bao# ..... Beijing, China  Becca Levitt ..... Austin, Texas
Mason Barrett ..... Saunderstown, R.I. Kexin Li§¢..... Chongqing, China 
Chris Barry ..... Millington, N.J.  Ally Maner# ..... Villanova, Pa.
John Barton ..... Williamsburg, Va.  Annalise Mangone§ ..... Asheville, N.C. 
Cassidy Bennetti ..... Dover, Del.  Allie Margolis¢# ..... Highland, Md. 
Alexandra Beran¢#..... Basking Ridge, N.J.  Midora Middleton ..... Philadelphia, Pa. 
Megan Brooks ..... Mechanicsville, Va.  Grace Miller ..... Naples, Fla. 
Amanda Brosnan*# ..... Andover, Mass.                       Katherine Mitchell ..... Dedham, Mass. 
Annie Buenaventura ..... Hartford, Conn.  Mekenzie Montgomery¢# ... Hainesport, N.J. 
Trey Burleson ..... Moseley, Va.  Nicole Murillo ..... Weston, Conn.
Nathan Burns§ ..... Newtown, Pa.  Sophia Nortz§ ..... Middletown, N.J. 
Fiona Carter-Tod# ..... Blacksburg, Va.  Isabelle O'Connell ..... Madison, N.J. 
Sam Collins-Zaluda ..... Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. Lindsay Pett§¢# ..... Fredericksburg, Va. 
Richard Columbo ..... Greenwich, Conn.  Emma Phelps ..... Richmond, Va. 
Claire Conslato ..... Lancaster, Pa.  John Philippou§ ..... Lutherville, Md. 
Kendall Crispin ..... Northbrook, Ill.  Tatum Polite ..... Mill Valley, Calif. 
Elizabeth Crowell ..... Severna Park, Md. Elle Porfilio ..... Raleigh, N.C. 
Julia Cullinan ..... Winston-Salem, N.C.  Charlotte Pratt ..... New Canaan, Conn. 
Emma Davis* ..... Sayville, N.Y.  Katherine Queally ..... Riverside, Conn. 
Richard Dragotta ..... Oradell, N.J.  Diego Rayas ..... Richmond, Va. 
Juliana Dreyfuss ..... New York, N.Y.  Sandra Reyes ..... Elizabeth, N.J. 
Kate Dulac ..... Margate, N.J.  Caroline Robelen ..... Glen Allen, Va. 
Camille Edwards ..... Woodbridge, Va.  Alyssa Romano ..... Denville, N.J. 
Julia Feron¢ ..... Garden City, N.Y.  Abhi Ruparelia ..... Junagadh, India
Tanéha Fincher ..... Chicago, Ill.  Kayla Saltzman ..... Manalapan, N.J. 
Casey Friedman*# ..... Scranton, Pa.  Elisabeth Sciolla# ..... New York, N.Y. 
Sabrina Garcia¢ ..... Waldwick, N.J.  JP Sinuk ..... Princeton, N.J.
Jack Gillies ..... Fairfax, Va.  Renata Stankowska ..... Ewing, N.J. 
Sal Girma* ..... Silver Spring, Md.  Laurel Suchsland ..... Lafayette Hill, Pa. 
Lauren Goldfarb ..... Hingham, Mass Katherine Szeluga¢* ..... Verona, N.J. 
Alec Greven§¢* ..... Castle Rock, Colo.  Andrew Talcott ..... Westwood, Mass. 
Keeley Harris¢ ..... Atlanta, Ga.  TJ Tann Jr. ..... Philadelphia, Pa. 
Adrienne Haynes ..... Asheville, N.C.  Emily Trumble¢ ..... Granger, Ind.
India Henderson ...... West Chester, Pa.  Kevin Villagomez ..... Little Falls, N.J. 
Omar Ibrahim* ..... Mount Joy, Pa.  Will Walker Jr.¢ ..... Winnfield, La. 
Nina Joss ..... Plymouth, Mich. Rose Williams∆◊ ..... St. Louis, Mo.
Margaux Kelley§ ..... Ridgefield, Conn.  Holly Yu ..... Ardmore, Pa. 
Eden Kim ..... Mahwah, N.J. 

Leadership studies minors
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Suraj Bala∆◊# ..... Richmond, Va.  Michael De La Cruz ..... Harrisonburg, Va. 
Tirdod Behbehani ..... Pleasantville, N.Y.  Beau English III ..... Columbia, Md. 
Harper Bennett ..... Pittsburgh, Pa.  Nikhil Mehta ..... Ellicott City, Md. 
Claire Burke ..... Wilton, Conn.  Nicole Miller# ..... Malvern, Pa. 

§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 2021 kept the bar high, with no student earning below a 3.91 GPA in leadership studies.

¢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 webpage.

∆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 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.

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