Bauer Honors Outstanding Fall 2012 Graduates

Published on December 18, 2012

Reception Recognizes High Achieving Students

The University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business kicked off a week of activity surrounding Fall 2012 Commencement on Monday, with a reception to recognize outstanding graduating students in the college. Students who received the honor of the top graduate in their respective classifications were celebrated, along with nine students with 4.0 grade point averages, and four students who will travel to Peru for the Sales and Social Impact course offered in the college’s Program for Excellence in Selling.

The Bauer College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion on the UH campus (see related story).

4.0 Grade Point Average Students: Aiman Aazid, Anthony Tinnin, Chelsea Sorge, Fei Clark, Lindsey McCarty, Natalya Kelly, Rong Zhou, Ross Hablinski, Shuangshuang Wu.

Sales for Social Impact Students: Cassie Gianni, Michelle Hernandez, Raul Giron and Sergio Delavega.

Natalya Kelly 4.0 GPA

Natalya Kelly: 4.0 grade point average

Rong Zhou

Rong Zhou: 4.0 grade point average

Raul Giron and Michelle Hernandez

Raul Giron (center left) and Michelle Hernandez (center right): Sales for Social Impact Course


In addition to the recognition of the students at the Bauer reception, the following students will receive special recognition at commencement for their extraordinary achievements and leadership while at Bauer College:

Outstanding MBA Student
Gayan Gunawardana

Gayan GunawardanaTrained as an engineer and originally from Sri Lanka, Gayan Gunawardana started his MBA in Spring 2010. While pursuing his MBA, Gunawardana worked on the MBA Advisory Board first as vice president, and then as president. There he led a talented team of fellow students who worked tirelessly with the Bauer administration to improve the MBA program. Apart from the Advisory Board, Gunawardana also heads the Sri Lankan Student Association of UH and also volunteers his time as a mentor to prospective international students. Gunawardana would like to dedicate this honor to all the student leaders at Bauer who are investing their own time every day to help improve the program for everybody.


Outstanding MS Finance Student
Brett Cristiano

Brett CristianoCristiano was born and raised in Houston and attended Texas A&M for his BBA in Finance before deciding to pursue his MS in Finance at Bauer after a hapless job hunt during the recession. During his time at the University of Houston, he interned at Strategic Financial Group of Mass Mutual and has recently started working full-time with the firm. He was lucky enough to participate in the Cougar Investment Fund as an analyst and a senior portfolio manager, managing the fund and teaching the next round of analysts. Cristiano has also decided to pursue the CFA designation and is currently a Level 2 candidate.


Outstanding MS Accountancy Student
Aiman Aazid

Aiman AazidAiman Aazid earned her BBA in Accounting from Bauer College in 2011. While a full-time student at Bauer, Aazid worked on campus at M.D. Anderson library for three years as an academic support assistant. Additionally, she had the opportunity to work in audit at KPMG and in advisory at Deloitte as an intern. While perusing her Bachelor’s degree, Aazid remained an active member of Beta Alpha Psi, and served as VP of Media Communications and VP of Social activities. She is also the recipient of the Houston Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Scholarship in 2012. She plans to complete her CPA in 2013 and start full time in Deloitte in September 2013. Aazid would like to thank her family, friends and all the faculty of Bauer College for their support, encouragement and advice though out her time in College.


Outstanding BBA Student
Matthew Zimmer

Matthew Zimmer Matthew Zimmer is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting and will start on his MS Accountancy in the spring at the C. T. Bauer College of Business. After completing his first graduate classes, he will be working as an intern for Ernst & Young before coming back to complete his studies. During his time as a Bauer student, Zimmer spent multiple semesters as an officer in The Accounting Society, including a semester as president. In these leadership roles, Zimmer recognized the potential in his fellow students and has made an effort to mentor and engage with his peers in any way possible. His passion for the success of those around him transitioned into a role with the Student Government Association as an At-Large Senator, a role he hopes to reprise as a graduate student. He would like to thank everyone that played a role in his success, and is grateful that his friends and family have been so supportive throughout his time here at Bauer.

By Amanda Sebesta