Commencement Speaker

Daymond John

Co-Star on ABC’s Shark Tank; 2x New York Times Best Selling Author; Branding Expert; Founder & CEO of FUBU; Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship   

Daymond John is a co-star on ABC’s Shark Tank, the popular business-reality television series that has invested millions of dollars in entrepreneurs. Daymond is also the Founder and CEO of FUBU, the clothing line and lifestyle brand that has eclipsed more than $6 billion in global retail sales. Additionally, Daymond is the CEO of the brand consultancy The Shark Group, which specializes in brand strategy and development, artist relations, and talent development. In 2015, Daymond was named Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship and joined President Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, as well as on President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. Daymond is also the author of four books, two of which debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list. Daymond sits on the advisory board of, an organization for learning and attention issues. 

Student Speakers

Adrienne Rose, BBA '19

Adrienne grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but always dreamed of attending the University of Michigan. During her time at Ross, she was involved with TAMID — a Ross consulting and investment club — and the Michigan Advertising and Marketing Club. Adrienne is also the founder of her own company, “ShoeU”, where she designs and sells personalized, hand-drawn shoes. After graduation, Adrienne will put her emphases in finance and strategy to use at American Express in New York City, where she previously interned as a finance analyst. 

Ben Battaglia, MBA '19 

J. Benjamin “Ben” Battaglia is graduating with focuses on corporate strategy and operations management. During his time at Ross, he served as a vice president of the Part-Time Students Association. Ben began his career at Young Life, an international nonprofit dedicated to youth mentorship. He now works as the director of marketing at Lessonly, a software company that helps businesses learn and practice. He also served as the editor of Do Better Work, a book by Max Yoder about building healthier teams and workplaces. Ben received a B.A. from Northwestern University, with studies in political science, international studies, and integrated marketing communications. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Annie and Margot.

Class of 2019 Recognition Awards

Student award recipients were selected by their graduating peers for being exemplary role models who display continuous dedication to the Ross School of Business.

Frank S. Moran Distinguished Leadership Awards

The Frank S. Moran Distinguished Leadership Awards are presented to two graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to improve the business school experience for students, staff, and faculty, and have been active in all aspects of the Michigan Ross community. One award is given to a student in a graduate program, and another award is given to a BBA student. Both are supported by a special endowment honoring Frank Sullivan Moran. Frank Moran was not just a successful business leader; he also was a philosopher and educator who cared deeply about helping people.

Michael Howard Barnes, Jr., MBA '19
Graduate Frank S. Moran Leadership Award

Michael served as the 2018-2019 Vice President of Student Engagement for the MBA Council and the Vice President of Allies for Michigan Business Women. He was also a Tauber Institute for Global Operations student and a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management at Ross. He is originally from Washington, D.C. and attended The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering. Michael is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and he loves to cook in his spare time. After Ross, Michael will be heading to StockX, a sneaker and consumer goods startup in Detroit, to pursue a product manager role.

Christina Panagoulia Triantafillopoulos, BBA ‘19 
Undergraduate Frank S. Moran Leadership Award

Christina is graduating with an emphasis in Business Law and a minor in Modern Greek Studies. This past academic year, Christina served as the student body president of the BBA program, through which she worked to make the school more inclusive and help clubs best serve the community. During her time at Ross, she was a member of Delta Sigma Pi, APEX Consulting Group, and a Career Development Office Peer Coach. After graduation, she will be moving to New York City to work in consulting and hopes to eventually attend law school with a focus in constitutional law. Christina would like to thank the Ross community for giving her a home inside such a large university, and her family and friends for supporting her these past four years!

Ross Global Citizenship Community Service Awards

The Ross Global Citizenship Community Service Awards are presented annually to the graduating students who have made exemplary contributions to their community — both at Michigan Ross and beyond. Each award recipient designates the charity of his or her choice to which the award stipend will be donated. Conceived in 1998 by students of the Ross Global Citizenship Club, this award is supported by an endowment created through gifts from club members, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Tim Carter, MBA ‘19
Global Citizenship Award

Before he came to Michigan Ross, Tim spent seven years working in sub-Saharan Africa, most recently as the acting country director for a humanitarian relief organization in South Sudan. He came to Ross to explore business solutions to poverty. Tim is from the Detroit area and is a lifelong Wolverine fan. While at Ross, he was the co-founder of Wolverine Disaster Relief, co-president of Emerging Markets Club, and vice president of career development for Africa Business Club. He served as a senior board fellow for the Nonprofit Board Fellowship and sits on the board of Ten Thousand Villages in Ann Arbor. He also helped launch a medical device startup. Tim will be joining McKinsey & Company after graduation, with a long-term career goal of developing market-based solutions to global poverty. He has selected Ten Thousand Villages, a maker-to-market movement focused on fair trade, to receive a donation in his name. 

Mohammad Shaikh, BBA ‘19
Global Citizenship Award

​Mohammad grew up in Jackson and Ann Arbor, Mich. During his time at Ross, he took particular interest in understanding innovative enterprise approaches to address pressing societal problems. On campus, he served in the Muslim Students’ Association and engaged in several projects through organizations like Net Impact and the Community Consulting Club. He sees business as a transformative institution that must be at the forefront of social progress. After graduation, he will begin his career in Chicago at PwC Strategy& as a healthcare technology strategy associate. Mohammad has chosen Save the Children, a global nonprofit that supports children in need, to receive a donation in his name. 

Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Awards

The Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Awards recognize graduating students who have made impactful contributions and demonstrated outstanding achievement within the Master of Management, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Accounting, Global MBA, Evening MBA, or Weekend MBA programs. The Sanger Leadership Center is the first sponsor of this award. Sanger's mission is to build a more connected, creative, and prosperous world, one leader at a time.

Emma Barrasso, MBA ‘19
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

During her time at Ross, Emma served as a student ambassador for both the Sanger Leadership Center and Business + Impact. She was also a peer coach and joined the executive board of a local nonprofit through the Board Fellows Program. After graduating, Emma aims to help businesses run more effectively by enabling people to do work in a more meaningful way. Prior to business school, she earned her undergraduate degree in engineering physics and nanotechnology from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Her career has ranged from engineering to marketing and business strategy. Raised in Wyoming, Emma loves spending time in the mountains, especially when she’s skiing and hiking.

Suchit (Sumo) Bhargav, MBA ‘19
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Sumo is an engineering professional with more than seven years of experience in corporate strategy and product management across technology and non-profit sectors. In his previous role as chief strategy officer at a large auto-component manufacturer, Radheya Machining Ltd., Sumo was responsible for developing a strategic roadmap and leading strategic initiatives related to business development. He notes that Ross provided him with invaluable opportunities to practically implement his in-class learnings via avenues such as the Michigan Ross Datathon and equipped him to use business as a vehicle for social change. One of his favorite experiences while in Ann Arbor includes watching Liverpool F.C beat Manchester United F.C. at The Big House.

Roma Cusumano, MM ‘19
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Roma received her bachelor of arts from Michigan State University in comparative cultures and politics, with an additional major in Chinese. Combining her passions for academia and business, Roma will be pursuing a PhD in Marketing at Cass Business School in London following graduation. Roma is looking forward to merging her interests in the theoretical with the practical and making her contribution to the field of consumer culture theory. While it has been an oftentimes challenging journey, Roma is excited for what’s next and continuing to find her place on the path unwinding.

Kyle Meagher, MSCM ‘19
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Prior to pursuing the Master of Supply Chain Management degree, Kyle worked in environmental regulatory compliance and third-party certifications in Berkeley, CA. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Minnesota in 2014. While at Ross, she was selected to be a member of the Ross Leadership Academy and participated in Detroit Partnership volunteer events. Her favorite part of the program has been working with and learning from her talented and unique classmates. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and block printing. She looks forward to moving back to the Bay Area and pursuing a career that furthers sustainability through the supply chain.

Katherine Stankey, MAcc ‘19
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

After earning her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2018, Katherine continued her Ross School of Business education in the Master of Accounting program. During her year in the program, Katherine served in a variety of leadership positions, including as Vice President of the MAcc Student Association, as a peer coach for the Ross Career Development Office, and as a graduate student staff assistant for BA 200, Businesses and Leaders: The Positive Differences. Throughout both her undergraduate and graduate experiences, Katherine has been recognized as a Paton Fellow by the Paton Center for Research in Accounting. This fall, she will be joining the EY Assurance practice in Chicago.

Arthur Zysk, MBA ‘19
Michigan Ross Outstanding Leadership Award

Arthur has treasured the reciprocal value of growing both academically and professionally as part of his Evening MBA program experience.  He is nearing five years with Ford Motor Company, as a senior analyst supporting global strategy and operations for the company’s new Design Thinking organization. In a prior role, Arthur designed and piloted a Ford service that delivers healthcare and education to thousands of people across rural South Africa, India, and Nigeria. Arthur grew up near Princeton, NJ and received a bachelor’s degree in finance from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He currently lives on the west side of Ann Arbor with his wife, Claire.

Faculty Awards

The Neary Teaching Excellence Awards are selected by the student body in recognition of outstanding contributions to their academic learning experience at Michigan Ross. All awards are presented at the respective program’s commencement celebration. The stipends that accompany the awards are made possible by the generosity of Robert D. Neary, BBA ’55, and Janet E. Neary, AB ’54. Mr. Neary’s career spanned 38 years with Ernst & Young, and both he and Mrs. Neary have been actively involved with the university since graduation. The Nearys’ support of these awards affirms their belief that teaching excellence is largely “the ability to make the pursuit of knowledge an exciting endeavor ... the kind of excitement that is contagious and long-lasting.”

Ravi Anupindi

  • Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management
  • Professor of Technology & Operations
  • Faculty Director, Center for Value Chain Innovation
Ravi Anupindi is Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business;...

John Branch

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Co-Director of Yaffe Digital Media Initiative, Ross School of Business
  • Faculty Associate, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies
Professor Branch currently teaches a variety of marketing and international business courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. He...

Michael Jensen

  • Professor of Strategy
My research focuses on the role of social structures in markets. I view markets as social structures that encompass social networks and cognitive...

Jeremy Kress

  • Assistant Professor of Business Law
Jeremy Kress is an Assistant Professor of Business Law at Michigan Ross. Professor Kress researches macroprudential financial regulation, with an...

Puneet Manchanda

  • Isadore and Leon Winkelman Professor of Marketing
Professor Manchanda is the Isadore and Leon Winkelman Professor and Professor of Marketing at the Ross School of Business. He was the Chair of the...

Eric Svaan

  • Lecturer of Technology and Operations
Eric Svaan has taught a wide variety of Operations Management courses in MBA, MSCM, BBA and executive programs at the University of Michigan since...

Cathy Shakespeare

  • Arthur Andersen Professor of Accounting
  • Associate Professor of Accounting
Professor Shakespeare's research focuses on the effects of the financial reporting process on the decisions of managers and capital market...

Jagadeesh Sivadasan

  • Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
  • Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow
  • Chair of Business Economics and Public Policy

Yue Maggie Zhou

  • Associate Professor of Strategy
Maggie's research focuses on the theory of the firm, competitive strategy, organization structure and institutions. Her recent studies...