Natalie Asp of Romeoville, Ill., presented the Student Lasallian Address during Lewis University’s May 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony held on Sunday, May 18 at the Romeoville Main Campus.
Each Commencement, one graduating senior is chosen to deliver the address, a speech that reflects the principles that guide the University’s Mission as they relate to the speaker’s personal life, and that recognizes the values of diversity, social justice, and service to the poor.
Asp graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work with a minor in Theology. Throughout her college career, Asp has recognized how unique the Christian Brothers are in their advocacy for accessible education. “They are invested in your ability to learn the academic material, but they also want to see you succeed as a person of integrity and one who will help make the world a better place,” she explains.
Asp was a student navigator, member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society, Delta Epsilon Sigma Honors Society, Theta Alpha Kappa Honors Society, Society of Lasallian Collegians and the President’s Student Advisory Council. She also was a Core Team Member for the Koinonia Retreat and Catalyst Social Justice Retreat with University Ministry. “Some of my most impactful experiences at Lewis have been those opportunities through the Lewis University Ministry Department,” Asp says. Her ministry experiences allowed her to apply concepts from the classroom while living out her passion to serve others.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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