Ruppel Selected As 2017 Student Speaker

By Roza Panos

Tayler Ruppel has been selected to give the Senior speech at this year’s commencement ceremony.

“I tear up knowing that this is my last year at QU and hope that all of my classmates find success,” Ruppel said.

Ruppel majored in biological sciences and minored in psychology. She is originally from a small town and felt like Quincy University would be the right fit for her. She is happy to have had a unique experience and to have met some of her greatest friends.

“If it wasn’t for people like Morgan McGinnis, Brooke Bracy, Daniel Larue, Alan Duncan, and so many more people, I wouldn’t have made so many lasting memories and friendships that I hope to carry on in life,” Ruppel said.

Ruppel was nervous to be herself upon her arrival at QU, but after meeting her professors, she became more confident and everything changed. She was able to know her professors on a personal level.

“Each professor makes me love the subject I’m learning, especially in the biology department. I didn’t feel like another student to my professors, and I hope to continue my relationship with them and make them proud,” Ruppel said.

When Ruppel heard about the commencement speech, she instantly knew she wanted to give it. She has had a great class and enjoyed everyone at QU.

“I’m so happy for her speech to have been picked because she’s an amazing girl,” Daniel LaRue, a fellow student and friend, said.

Ruppel has always wanted to leave her mark on QU and she feels that her speech will leave a lasting impression on her fellow students.

Kristen Liesen, director of career services, was excited for all of the candidates to apply.

“I’m excited about graduation. I think she’ll do a great job,” Liesen said.

Christine Tracy, dean of students and academic success, feels that Ruppel is an excellent student and represents QU very well.

“She is the reason why we do our job the way we do,” Tracy said.

Ruppel wants students to know that it was a pleasure to be their classmate.

“I enjoyed QU from the very beginning. I never used to feel that I could be myself around people, but automatically I was myself through and through,” Ruppel said.

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