Fisher’s Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2019 as part of its annual Spring Commencement ceremonies.

The commencement activities began with a luncheon celebrating the 28 graduates of the Accounting Honors program. The event honored the students, their families and the faculty who were instrumental to their success and provided an opportunity for reflection on four years as a cohort.

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program recognized its 69 spring graduates at a Pre-Commencement ceremony. Student leaders were honored for their commitment to the program, and Gary Price (BSBA ’83) delivered the keynote.

Price, a proud Buckeye and graduate of the Accounting Honors program, serves as the partner affairs leader and chief administrative officer of PwC and has remained engaged with the department at Fisher. He shared his professional journey with the MAcc Class of 2019 and his passion for his alma mater.

2019 MAcc Commencement - Gary Price
Gary Price (BSBA ’83) delivered the keynote address at the 2019 MAcc Pre-Commencement ceremony.

“I was excited for our students to meet and hear from Gary for a number of reasons,” said Brian Mittendorf, chair of the department and the Fisher Designated Professor of Accounting. “He has demonstrated the professional success and industry leadership that all of our students are capable of; he has done it in a way that has reflected positively on Fisher, and he’s always been a valued resource for our students inside the classroom and within the accounting profession.”

Faculty excellence was also recognized as the year concluded. Cynthia Turner and Mittendorf were voted by students to receive the EY Award for Excellence in MAcc Teaching, while professors Brian Monsen and Amy Sheneman were previously honored with EY Undergraduate Accounting Teaching Awards and Andy Van Buskirk received the EMBA elective teaching award.

2019 MAcc Spring Commencement

Undergraduate accounting students, their families and friends gathered on the Joseph A. Alutto Quad for the college’s annual Undergraduate Pre-Commencement ceremony. The event celebrated the more than 1,600 students that make up the Class of 2019 and included the presentation of the Max M. Fisher Faculty Eminence Award. The recipient, finance lecturer Chad Zipfel (BSBA ’07), was nominated for the award in recognition of his dynamic and fast-paced classroom environment and his commitment to a number of college-wide programs, including the Honors Finance program and the Honors Cohort Advisory Council.

The Ohio State University commencement ceremonies took place at Ohio Stadium. Journalist, author and political scientist Fareed Zakaria delivered the commencement address to approximately 11,700 graduates and their families and friends. Zakaria hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) for CNN Worldwide and is a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a bestselling author.