Chelsie Peters of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, presented the Student Lasallian Address during Lewis University’s December 2012 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony held on Sunday, December 16 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.
Peters graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education. Throughout her college career, Peters has been passionate about assisting society’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. She volunteered at various sites working with developmentally challenged children, served as a caretaker for home-bound adults and helped families with special needs with housework. Peters was a member of the Lewis University women’s soccer team from 2008-2012 and served as a resident assistant in three residence halls. It is the experience of being a resident assistant that greatly influenced her Lasallian character. According to Peters, “When I was selected to be an RA I assumed the challenge of acting as a role model to other students. It was an honor to be seen by faculty and the committees I went before as capable to serve the Lewis University community. … The association and collaboration with the other RAs influenced my personal growth giving me knowledge that service to others is a rewarding experience.”
Upon graduation, Peters will seek employment as a special education teacher in the Chicago school system where “The culture of poverty, diversity, racial, social, emotional and spiritual needs are not met and are affecting the child’s academic performance.” It is here that Chelsie Peters hopes to make a difference in the lives of special needs children.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 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 ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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