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Engineering Student, Peyton Schroeder, Selected to Speak at UK Commencement

December 14, 2021

Per University of Kentucky tradition, UK President Eli Capilouto has selected two student representatives to speak at the UK Commencement Ceremonies Friday, Dec. 17, at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center.

One of the speakers, Peyton Schroeder is finishing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a certificate in automotive production engineering from the UK College of Engineering and is a Lewis Honors College member. She will address the 10 a.m. ceremony.

While at UK, Schroeder spent time fostering six service dogs in training through 4 Paws for Ability, worked as an eApprentice for UK Research’s Office of Technology Commercialization, was a member of Phi Sigma Rho and EMPOWER: Women’s Leadership Program, and participated in the Society of Women Engineers, where she served as chair of diversity and inclusion, leaders and learners chair, and peer mentor. Additionally, she completed multiple internships across several states and engineering specialties and earned a minor in mathematics. Her current service dog in training, Kix, will also be “graduating” on Friday.

Upon graduating, Schroeder will be moving to California to work as a design quality engineer for Medtronic. Schroeder describes how it felt receiving the call that she had been chosen.

“When I received the call from President Capilouto letting me know that I had been selected, I was so excited that I found myself at a loss for words,” she said. “I could not believe that I had been chosen to play such an important role in the commencement ceremony.”

Both UK Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed on UK's YouTube channel, which will be accessible via the UKNow homepage beginning Friday. For more information about the December 2021 Commencement Ceremonies, visit https://commencement.uky.edu/december-2021