Each year, we host Honors Convocation to recognize the academic achievements of the highest performing Northwood University juniors and seniors in the current year’s class. Our 2016 Honors Convocation was this past weekend (April 10), and our guest speaker was 2009 alumnus Bryce Rucker, an outstanding student and Arthur E. Turner Award recipient who left his mark at Northwood in multiple ways. While he was a student at Northwood, Bryce was an active and integral part of our very successful Mock Trial Team where he was a 2009 All-American winner. His success with the Mock Trial Team was due in large part to the mentoring of Mock Trial Coach Professor DeLois Leapheart. Bryce was also a member of the Timberwolves Football Team and, under the guidance and leadership of the late Coach Pat Riepma, excelled on the field and was the recipient of a “Timberwolves Tough” Award in 2007-2008. Upon graduation, Bryce worked in the nonprofit sector before attending the University of Notre Dame Law School. There he earned his Juris Doctor then transitioned into private practice in 2014 as an attorney for Dykema Gossett PLLC in Detroit, an Am Law 200 firm.
Bryce and our student honorees are exceptional examples of the value of the Northwood Idea. While here, they gain valuable experiences, forge lifelong friendships and acquire rich, practical knowledge. Their strength of character, commitment to excellence and desire to be lifelong learners will serve them well.
Their example reminds us that the Northwood difference – the unique educational experience only we provide – really does matter.
From the moment our students begin as freshmen, we share with them a set of values that builds on those they bring with them to our University. We stress learning by doing, the importance of hard work, and the value of free enterprise and the democratic way. Many students come to us already purpose-driven. Our job then is to mentor them and to help them along the way by offering regular opportunities to broaden their world view and challenge them to do and be more.
Congratulations to Bryce and to all our student honorees who have left a permanent imprint on Northwood and beyond. We wish them continued success and thank them for making us all very proud.
Have a great weekend.
Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203 firstname.lastname@example.org