Student speaker Kevin Andrew Papuga II
Kevin Andrew Papuga II is a 30-year-old, first-generation college graduate, graduating with a bachelor of arts from the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts with a major in public relations and a minor in communication studies.
Papuga made his way to Wayne State University as a transfer student via Jackson College's Prison Education Initiative program, where he became a student ambassador and writing tutor, obtained a 4.0 throughout his course of study, completed his associate degree in general studies, and qualified for academic scholarships — all while finishing his 70-month stay in the MDOC.
He has used his time at WSU to get involved where his passions lie and offer his continual support and unique perspective to new transfer (and prospective) students through WSU's Transfer Student Success Center. As a transfer student ambassador, Papuga holds a pre-professional role in our higher education community, where he regularly interacts and engages with incoming students on myriad platforms. He has helped create and facilitate both weekly and holiday events for transfer students (in person and virtual). He regularly provides his services to prospective students with relevant information to better navigate the transfer process, and Papuga thoroughly enjoys sitting on student panels and sharing his personal transfer story.
Papuga is a fierce lover of literature and has chosen to leave us all with one of his favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us."