Congratulations to Class of 2015 Valedictorians Loredana Mihani and Stanislav Rudoi!
For the first time in the history of John Cabot University there are two Valedictorians!
The two students who tied for the highest grade point average of the Class of 2015 are Loredana Mihani and Stanislav Rudoi.
Loredana Mihani is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and minors in International Affairs and Italian Studies. Originally from Albania, she has been living in Italy for many years and is fluent in Albanian, English, and Italian. The winner of this year’s Academic Achievement award in English Literature, Loredana is on her way to Oxford University, which has awarded her the highly competitive Ertegun Scholarship in the Humanities.
“It was a great privilege for me to have taught Loredana,” says JCU English literature professor Shannon Russell. “Words are vital bridges between self and other for her – and she appreciates their diplomatic potential to address cultural divisions in our world. I expect that Loredana, in her own quiet and determined way, will do something very interesting with her life, as she is always looking for the next challenge. And it is fitting that she has received the prestigious Ertegun Scholarship in the Humanities at Oxford given that Ertegun scholars are expected not only to make significant contributions in their field, but to become leaders of global thought working toward positive action for humanity’s betterment.”
Stanislav Rudoi, who is from Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Business Administration and Economics and Finance, with a minor in Psychology. He received three Academic Achievement awards this year: the Luciano Battelli Award in Business Administration, the Economics award and the Finance and Accounting award. Co-President of the Investment Club, he has been active in organizing projects such as the Trading Contest in order to bridge the theory and practice of finance and investment. He also co-founded and was the Treasurer of the International Relations Society, which organized a number of successful events during its first year of existence, such as talks by the Greek and Iraqi Ambassadors to Italy.
Fluent in Russian, English, and Italian, Stanislav is currently exploring job opportunities in Rome while pursuing CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) certification. He plans to work for two years and then move to the United Kingdom or the United States in order to attend graduate school in Financial Economics or Management.
Business Administration professor and Institute for Entrepreneurship Director Silvia Pulino had this to say about Stanislav: “A remarkable mind, Stanislav grasps the finer points of an argument at first pass, but he is also constantly at work connecting new knowledge to everything he has learned before. He is extremely demanding of himself, with high standards of excellence, yet he is never arrogant or aggressive when making his point. In short, he is a professor’s dream! I have no doubt that he will succeed in anything he undertakes, and look forward to following his progress after graduation.”