Congratulations Lerner College Graduates

Six graduating students stand together smiling in their robes.

Congratulations to the graduates of the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics! It was a wet but wonderful weekend celebrating our more than 1,500 Lerner College graduates from both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 including undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.


Commencement for the Class of 2020, originally scheduled for May 30, 2020, was postponed in light of the coronavirus pandemic. We were finally able to honor this remarkable class with an in-person Commencement on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 10:30 am.


Commencement for the Class of 2021 was celebrated through a series of smaller, in-person ceremonies. Doctoral hooding for our Ph.D. program graduates was held on Thursday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m. Commencement for masters and undergraduate students from the Lerner College Class of 2021 was held on Saturday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. The class of 2021 virtual convocation can be found here.


Last year, we honored distinguished members of the Class of 2020 on the Lerner website and social media through our Lifelong Lerner: Class of 2020 series. This year, we celebrate 27 members of the Class of 2021 who were nominated by faculty and staff at the Lerner College for their outstanding contributions throughout their time at the College.


These students have shown incredible resilience, maturity and spirit while adjusting to the many unexpected changes that they have encountered in their final years at UD. Each installment of this series will profile an outstanding member of this class, showcasing their achievements, experiences at UD and what it means to be a Blue Hen.

Lerner Professor Researches How Streaks Motivate Us

Friends out for a drink have hatched many a bright idea, but these insights (or what feel like insights at the time) don’t usually end up published in academic journals. For researchers Jackie Silverman and Alixandra Barasch, though, a trip to a brewery sparked an...

Teaching Economics Through Taylor Swift

Kathryn Bender, assistant professor of economics in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, was teaching her Introduction to Microeconomics class in early October when the discussion turned to MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s...

Cleaner milk, better profits

If you look at agriculture just in the United States, you might assume the industry has shifted almost completely to large-scale farms. But globally that’s not the case, and a University of Delaware researcher has been studying developing countries where small farms...

Love and operations management

When Megan and Joshua Clarke planned their wedding, they realized it wasn’t a pastor or justice of the peace they wanted to lead the ceremony. Instead, they turned to Susan Murphy, the instructor for the only class the couple took together at the University of...