On Thursday evening, Babson College inducted more than 40 undergraduate students into Beta Gamma Sigma, the esteemed business honor society.
Students and families from around the world attended the virtual ceremony.
“Good evening from Wellesley, it is late night in London, the sun is rising in Mumbai, it is breakfast in Beijing, and dinner time in LA. These are just some of the places being represented by our stellar students who are part of our virtual induction ceremony,” said Ian Lapp, dean of the undergraduate school.
Forty-two Babson juniors and seniors from the top 10% of their classes were honored this year.
“These students represent not only the highest academic achievement, but also a wonderful cross section of our campus in terms of backgrounds and aspirations,” said Lapp.
Provost Mark Rice joined the ceremony and congratulated this year’s honorees on their achievements and leadership.
“You have all demonstrated the potential to be leaders who can change the world for the better,” said Rice. “In whatever way you choose to exercise Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®, you will create value for yourself, your enterprise, and the world around you.”
The Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony included remarks from the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker. Launched in 2017, to add academic gravitas to the induction ceremony and the Dean’s List ceremony, Lapp selects a member of the faculty to deliver an academic talk and lead a discussion. This year’s speaker, Anne Roggeveen, Charles Clarke Reynolds Professor of Retailing and Marketing, spoke about changes to retail branding in 2020.
Beta Gamma Sigma is The International Business Honor Society. Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes and honors top-performing students from around the world in business schools accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
“I am so proud of every one of you,” said Lapp to close the ceremony. “I am proud to say that at your orientation I welcomed you to Babson, and I am now proud to welcome you to Beta Gamma Sigma.”