Soccer: Louisiana Soccer's Riepl Among Top Graduates In 2020 Class
Soccer letterwinner named Outstanding Graduate in B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration
Matt Sullivan, Associate Director of Athletics Communications
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns soccer player Franziska Riepl is one of eight graduating students who will be recognized Friday and Saturday during Spring 2020 Commencement activities as she was named the Outstanding Graduate for the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration. An economics major with a minor in political science, Riepl earned a 4.0 GPA in the classroom during her career. Riepl plans to earn a doctorate degree, and work in economic research and public policy. Riepl presented her honors baccalaureate undergraduate thesis "The Response of Labor Unions to Universal Basic Income" widely, including at the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans and the North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress in New York. She served as both head of state and secretariat during Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States summits, where college students debate issues facing North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. On the field, Riepl appeared in 20 matches over her final two seasons with three starts. During Louisiana's 9-8-3 campaign, Riepl saw action in career-best 12 matches in 2019 with starts against UTSA and Northern Illinois. Each spring and fall semester, deans from UL Lafayette's academic colleges nominate a student as Outstanding Graduate. Nominations are based on leadership, scholarship and service. An Alumni Association committee interviews candidates and selects one to receive the overall award. Honorees will be applauded during virtual ceremonies held for their respective colleges on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. On Saturday, Lafayette's four television network affiliates will air a commencement celebration resembling the traditional, in-person General Assembly. Broadcast times are 4:30 p.m. on KATC, and 6:30 p.m. on KADN, KLAF and KLFY.