A Sunny Future

Michael Weilheimer ’83, vice president at Eaton Vance speaks at commencement.


The Class of 2015 graduated on a lovely May afternoon. Before degrees were conferred, the students heard from School of Business Dean Donald Siegel, alumnus Michael Weilheimer ’83, vice president at Eaton Vance, and graduating senior Lassamy Sesay ’15.

Weilheimer, who attended the ceremony with his wife Janis of the class of 1984, advised the students on managing their personal brands. Read Weilheimer’s speech.

Sesay, who graduated with a concentration in marketing, spoke on his determination to succeed when his mother brought he and his siblings to the United States from West Africa after his father died from cancer. Read Sesay’s speech.

Associate Dean Hany Shawky ably assumed the role of master of ceremonies and Professor Marty Fogelman, whose class “hot seats” were referenced in Sesay’s speech, served as Grand Marshal.

Approximately 1,500 guests watched more than 300 students graduate, proceeding to a reception in the new sports complex behind the SEFCU arena.

Following the recognition of graduates, awards to the top seniors in each concentration were presented by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Services Jason Cotugno. The senior award in accounting was presented to Najwa Zarook, while Cara Smith took home the award for information technology management. The Irving H. Sabghir Memorial Award for management went to Vladislav Loenko. Student speaker Lassamy Sesay was recognized as the outstanding graduating senior in marketing. Two students tied for the finance award: Kyle Higgins and Lucas Siegel. The Center for Institutional Management Distinguished Thesis Award went to Ryan Stern. Four students received the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award for perfect grade point averages across all eight semesters of their undergraduate careers: Andrew Ginsburg, Jonathon Julca, Ryan Stern and Najwa Zarook.


School of Business Dean Donald Siegel
Student speaker Lassamy Sesay
 Associate Dean Hany Shawky