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Finance major named fall 2017 Penn State Smeal student marshal

December 5, 2017

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Priyenkka Sivachidambaram will graduate summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA in finance.
Priyenkka Sivachidambaram’s parents will fly halfway around the world, nearly 7,000 miles one way, to watch their daughter graduate on Dec. 16.
 

That’s understandable. They don’t want to miss her lead role in the Penn State Smeal College of Business commencement procession during the Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Ceremony at the Bryce Jordan Center. 

Smeal has named Sivachidambaram — graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA in finance — as the student marshal for fall 2017. 

“I was beyond excited when I heard the news. Smeal has given me so many indispensable skills and experiences, and I’m so honored and humbled to have been chosen to represent the college at the fall commencement ceremony. It certainly feels like the perfect end to my wonderful years at Smeal,” Sivachidambaram said. 

Sivachidambaram, who is from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, received the Evan Pugh Scholar Award, was an executive board member of Women in Business (WIB), and was both a committee leader and university relations director for WIB. 

In addition, she served as a teaching assistant for Ron Johnson, senior instructor of management and organization, in BA 342: Socially Responsible, Sustainable and Ethical Business Practice. That, and the two other Johnson classes Sivachidambaram took, clearly made an impression. She selected him to escort her as the college’s faculty marshal. 

“Coming into Smeal, I was initially focused only in classes that pertained to my major, but as a management and business ethics instructor, Professor Johnson’s passion about the subject resonated with me and made me fall in love with the holistic business world. He inspired me to put in 110 percent effort in everything that I did and was a mentor to me whenever I needed any career or academic advice,” she said. 

Sivachidambaram said in high school she was exposed to several people in financial consulting and banking. That was appealing to her and she knew finance would be her choice of major at Smeal. What she didn’t know was how Smeal would make a personal impact on her life. 

“I have so many fond memories of Smeal. I think the really special ones are little, routine things I did that helped me build relationships with the people here,” she said. 

“Whether it was late nights at the Business Building studying and goofing around with friends, spending time with members of the student organizations I was involved with, or attending exciting events where I was able to meet new people — each one of these memories will stick with me forever.” 

Sivachidambaram will pursue professional opportunities in consulting after graduation.

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