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Ole Miss Graduate Earns Award from CPA Exam Score

Hayden Poer (Alpha Upsilon–Mississippi ’15) was just one of six students from the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi who received the 2019 Elijah Watt Sells Award after taking the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination.

Of the 75,000 individuals who sat for the exam in 2019, only 137 candidates met the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award. CPA candidates must obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections on their first attempt.

Hayden was an August 2019 graduate of the school’s Master of Taxation and Data Analytics program, graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA. From Madison, Mississippi, Hayden also received his bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss. He now works for KPMG in New York.

“I will forever be indebted to the Patterson School of Accountancy,“ Hayden said. “I could write a book thanking those who made an impact on me within the program. Without my experiences at Ole Miss, I could have never achieved this award.“

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the American Institute of CPAs in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the professional exam. Sells, one of the first CPAs in the U.S., was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role advancing professional education within the profession.

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