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Poole College welcomes 472 new alumni at commencement ceremony

The NC State Poole College of Management welcomed 472 new alumni with its pinning ceremony marking the end of the December 2014 commencement program. View photos from the commencement ceremony on the college's Flickr account

The graduates included six receiving doctoral degrees in economics; 165 earning masters degrees – 27 in accounting, 58 in business administration, 22 in global innovation management, 46 in global innovation management (a variant of the global innovation management degree program), and 12 in economics. In addition, 301 received bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business management or economics.

Seventeen of the undergraduate students were nominated for the Poole College of Management Board of Advisors Outstanding Student Award. Twelve of those were selected as finalists:

  • Joshua Bond Conger
  • Bobby Eugene Fann
  • John Davis Fleming
  • Meagan Leigh Gentry
  • Lauren Emily Holmes
  • Eric Joseph Horton
  • Yarui Huang
  • Ruchal Nunes Smith
  • Jonathan Bradford Spinney
  • Erynn Bradie Stainback
  • David M. Wieand
  • John Zachary Young

Recipient of the award was John Fleming of Wilson, N.C. Fleming received a bachelors’ degree in accounting with a concentration in financial analysis.

While at NC State, Fleming “enthusiastically embraced ‘The Three I’s,” said Shannon Davis, associate dean for undergraduate programs. The Three I’s are involvement, internships and international studies, three areas of activity that the college’s undergraduate students are encouraged to build into their schedules.

Fleming was an active member of the Poole College of Management Student Ambassadors and the Accounting Society, and was a brother in the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. He expanded his knowledge of international business practices by studying abroad at EBS in Reutlingen, Germany, and completed internships with Alliance One international and EY. He is beginning employment as a business advisory consultant with EY in Charlotte, N.C. Fleming is also an Eagle Scout.

Presenting the college’s traditional student address was Alzebeth Roman, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a concentration in financial analysis. While at NC State, she was a leader in numerous student organizations, including co-starting a signing club on campus. She enriched her global awareness through multiple service and study trips, both within the United States and abroad and completed two internships with EY. She is completing a third internship with EY before pursuing a master’s of accounting degree at Wake Forest University.