Wednesday, December 4, 2013

COE Student Danielle Smith First Ever Student Speaker At RU Commencement


The College of Education is pleased to announce that Danielle Smith, an undergraduate student in the Special Education teacher licensure program, has been selected to deliver the first ever student address at the Roosevelt University December graduation ceremony on December 13, 2013.  The official announcement is available on the Roosevelt University website.  The graduation begins at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 in the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago.

Danielle comes to Roosevelt University from Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, IL.  Graduating number seven out of a 450 senior class roster, she entered Roosevelt in 2010 with 15 hours of transferable advanced placement classes.

Danielle played first doubles during her stint on the Roosevelt Tennis Team.  She has been on the dean’s list every semester and graduates with a 3.9 grade point average.

Her energy, enthusiasm, and excitement for Roosevelt are reflected in her Roosevelt University experience.  She served as a Roosevelt Orientation Leader for four semesters meeting and mentoring over 300 incoming new students.  Last summer, Danielle became the Head Orientation Leader, supervising 30 Orientation Leaders.  She credits her leadership style to a Roosevelt Student Leadership Summit she attended in her sophomore year. In her last semester in Chicago, she was in charge of the entertainment committee for Relay for Life, one of the best events she has been involved in during her time at RU.

Danielle's commitment to Roosevelt was confirmed when she became a member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Society.  She received the Torch Award for student service  last semester and has been inducted into the Franklin Honor Society.

Danielle says she is never shy about celebrating Roosevelt’s commitment to social justice.  She says she has learned so much about her self and others… she wants to change the world and we know she will when she finds a teaching position in the Chicago area in the near future.

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