Bryanna Kampwerth of Highland, Illinois, will graduate from Murray State University May 11 with a bachelor’s degree in public and community health. In her undergraduate career, she has served as a sister with the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and a student athlete involved in intramural sports at Murray State.

This is her story.

What do you want to do after graduation?

After graduation, I would like to pursue prevention education. Being able to interact with different age groups and talk about health is such a rewarding experience.

Why did you select Murray State?

I loved how I felt like I was at home on campus. Everyone was very welcoming and I knew that Murray State would make a lasting impression on my life.

What first sparked your interest in your chosen field?

I have always had a love of working in health care. I love being able to help others in any way that I can. Being in public health gives me the opportunity to do so on many different levels.

Who is one of your favorite professors and why?

Dr. Miranda Terry is one of my favorite professors. She has always been there to answer my questions for class or life in general. When I was struggling with a major, she was very insightful, which brought me to the path I am on now. I strive to have her knowledge.

What is one of your favorite Murray State traditions/experiences?

All Campus Sing!

What is something you’ve accomplished at Murray State that you’re most proud of and why are you proud of it?

I have found who I am as a person. I was always an introvert and being at Murray State has helped me to become the person I am today.

What opportunities have you been afforded at Murray State?

I have been afforded great leadership opportunities. I found my home at the CFSB Center as event staff, and they have shown me my ability to lead in my four years there. I have also found a wonderful internship that has further increased my leadership abilities.

What do you think sets Murray State apart from other universities?

Murray State gives a small hometown feel. It feels like a big family. I see a lot of the same faces and it is the perfect size for someone who wants to get away but not be lost.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

My best advice would be to give it a chance and make sure you have a rain jacket and rain boots!

The May 2019 commencement ceremony will take place May 11 at 9 a.m. in the CFSB Center for graduates of the Bauernfeind College of Business, College of Humanities and Fine Arts and Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology, with a 2 p.m. ceremony planned for graduates of the College of Education and Human Services, Hutson School of Agriculture, School of Nursing and Health Professions and interdisciplinary studies (Associate of General Studies and BIS Degrees). Use #RacerGraduation on social media to share your commencement experience. Additional information about the ceremony and a live stream link are available at

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