SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff University has announced the valedictorian, salutatorian and guest speakers who will represent the Class of 2014 at BCU's 83rd Commencement Ceremony.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce Street, Sioux City. Motorists should note that Pierce Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this event.
The valedictorian for BCU’s Class of 2014 is Jamie Rusch, a social work major from Anthon, Iowa. Business administration major Matthew Schmit of Sioux City is the salutatorian.
The 2014 Commencement speakers, chosen by a University selection panel, are graduation candidates Matthew Delaney of Bellevue, Neb., and Elyse Schuler-Cruz of Streator, Ill.
While at Briar Cliff, Rusch has been active in the Social Work Club, serving as vice president, and in the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society. Next fall, she will attend graduate school at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, with the goal of becoming a licensed clinical social worker. She is the daughter of James and Tamara Rusch of Anthon.
While at BCU, Schmit was a member of the intramural champion dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, volleyball and Quiz Bowl teams. After graduation, he is considering an intelligence analyst position in the National Guard while pursuing graduate school. He is the son of David and Lori Schmit of Sioux City.
A history and secondary education major, Delaney will address in his Commencement speech the diverse social and spiritual experiences he has had while at Briar Cliff, which including being a member of the BCU football team. His post-graduation plans include teaching high school in the Omaha metro area. He is the son of Steve Delaney and Sheryl Witkowsky.
In her Commencement address, Schuler-Cruz, a triple major in English, history and secondary education, will focus on the importance of rigor in education. After graduation, she will complete her student-teaching and pursue a teaching position at an inner city school.
Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students from 31 states and nine countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service.