Vanessa Hernandez lands career as federal audit associate at KPMG

by Billy Chandler

Vanessa Hernandez of Washington, D.C. will receive bachelor’s degrees in accounting and sociology with a minor in Spanish.

Hernandez will graduate with the class of 2024. She is a member of Delta Rho Delta, business club, Latinx student union, MSA, Calliopean Debate Society and the adventure team.

“I have been able to make meaningful connections due to the tight knit nature of the community at Emory & Henry,” said Hernandez. She was attracted to Emory & Henry because of its rural location and the abundance of scholarships it awards students. “I chose Emory & Henry due to them providing me with the most scholarships and I wanted to leave the city for a few years.”

At Emory & Henry, Hernandez took advantage of its many opportunities including readily accessible academic resources, professors and student clubs. Her experiences led to her securing an internship as a federal audit associate at Big Four accounting firm KPMG and a job offer to continue her role with the company full-time beginning in 2025. “I would recommend that new students looking at Emory & Henry make use of all the resources available,” says Hernandez. “Trips with the Center for Outdoor Studies, the Emory Clinic, career support, advising support and more are all readily available here.”

Hernandez attributes her success to academic advisor and accounting professor Dr. Denis Stanley. “Stanley is one of the smartest and most supportive women I could meet,” says Hernandez. “If I ever need help with work, she is ready.” Hernandez is also thankful for economic professor Dr. Deborah Spencer for being smart, witty and always full of energy, and for sociology professor Dr. Amy Sorensen who is always ready to talk to Hernandez about the day.

Following graduation from Emory & Henry, Hernandez will pursue a master’s in business analytics at the College of William & Mary before beginning her career at KPMG.

Hernandez is a first-generation college student.

Our Emory & Henry seniors are preparing to graduate and change the world. See our seniors’ success stories at www.emoryhenry.edu/commencement.

“I recommend that new students looking at Emory & Henry make use of all of the resources available while here.”
—Vanessa Hernandez ’24

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Washington, D.C.

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