ASU's College of Business Holds First-Ever Virtual Awards Ceremony!

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COBA's dean, Dr. Kamal Hingorani (photo-credit: David Campbell/ASU).​

- See the link below to watch the entire ceremony -
- By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.
Alabama State University continues to innovate with cutting-edge technology to include its students in as much campus activity and honors as possible during these "virtual" times. Recently, the Percy J. Vaughn Jr. College of Business Administration (COBA) rose to the occasion to honor the college’s student-scholars.
The college held its 41st annual COBA Awards Banquet as preparations are underway for the University’s virtual commencement on May 1. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have held the first-ever virtual award ceremony, reported Dr. Kamal Hingorani, COBA's dean. 

"Although the ceremony looked a little different than normal since it was held entirely 'virtually,' via Zoom, I am proud to note that ASU had over 75 participants in virtual attendance, which included graduate students, our faculty, staff and even some household pets," Hingorani said with a chuckle.  

The event began with opening remarks from ASU marketing major, Maia Martin, who set the stage for the exciting nearly hour-long ceremony. The master of ceremony for the event was Andrej Tranjkovski, a Computer Information System major, who introduced all 56 graduating students (51 undergraduate and five  graduate). Each one was individually recognized. 


The graduating senior speaker was Kevin Spraggins, a marketing major, who was elected to speak by his student-peers. Spraggins offered words of advice to COBA's graduating class. 

"All is not promised to us and preparation must be made by each student to go wherever you wish to go...perseverance is important," Spraggins said. "We must remember to not allow our self-defeating habits to be our master. Winners are those who never quit." 

The annual COBA awards also recognized those with a perfect 4.0 GPA and to students with the highest GPA's in their majors. Each was given a cash award and a certificate of recognition. 

"This year’s ceremony met with great success and took on an extra-special meaning for me, our students, faculty, and for the entire COBA staff and family," Hingorani stated. "This event will surely last in COBA’s history as one of its most memorable award ceremonies ever."