Busch School Awards

The following students have earned the highest academic awards offered by the Busch School. The Valedictorian is our student with the highest GPA; the departmental awards are presented to our students who have excelled academically in their major areas. We also offer the unique “Michael Novak Free Enterprise Award,” which is given to the student who carries on their work and research in the spirit of Novak’s inquiry into the intersection of philosophical and theological questions with economic research.

2022 Awards



The Michael Novak Free Enterprise Award

Catherine Maeve O'Grady

Distinguished Accounting Student Award

Jack H. Murray

Distinguished Finance Student Award

Scott C McKinnon

Distinguished International Business Student Award

Christopher Adam Pszalgowski Jr.

Distinguished Marketing Student Award

Connor James Gerrity

Distinguished Management Student Award

Christopher V. Talamini-Kelemen

Distinguished Sales Student Award

Brooke Patricia Falvey

Distinguished Social Research Student Award

Frank Lumaj

Latin Honor Awards

The University recognizes graduates who complete their degree with a final, cumulative grade point average (GPA) above a 3.50.  This will be indicated on your diploma. You can earn your degree with:

  • Distinction, i.e. cum laude, requiring 3.50
  • Great distinction, i.e. magna cum laude, requiring 3.70
  • Highest distinction, i.e. summa cum laude, requiring 3.90

The University policy can be found here