The 2008 Freeman School Commencement Ceremony was the first Freeman commencement to take place in McAlister Auditorium since 1999, but perhaps the most significant thing about this year's ceremony was that it recognized the graduation of the first class of students to enroll in the Freeman School after Hurricane Katrina.
"To all graduates, I extend the heartfelt appreciation of the Freeman School, Tulane University and the city of New Orleans for your courage in coming to New Orleans and completing your studies at Tulane," said Dean Angelo DeNisi. "You recognized the value of the education this institution and the city could provide, and you chose to accept those challenges. It is an honor to be with you on this special occasion."
This year's graduating class numbered 488 students, including 301 BSMs, 84 MBAs, 70 MFINs, 30 MACCTs and 3 PhDs. Christina Caskey (BSM '08) received the BSM Award for Scholastic Achievement, which recognizes the graduating BSM with the highest cumulative grade point average, and Ayelet Zur (MBA '08) received the Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the graduating MBA with the highest cumulative grade point average.
In addition, Philip Allison (MBA '08) received the Tulane 34 Award, an award presented each year to 34 graduates from Tulane's schools and colleges who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate life. The award recognizes exemplary leadership, service and academic excellence.