Steelman served as Student Government Association president at HPU during his junior and senior years after serving as a representative of SGA during his freshman and sophomore year. He was also a university ambassador captain, assistant resident director and president of the Political Science Club.
Academically, Steelman was nominated for membership in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges and the prestigious Order of the Lighted Lamp. He was also a member of various honor societies at HPU including the Political Science Honor Society, Music Honors Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Additionally, Steelman was awarded the Top Music Scholarship at HPU and was a member of the Honors Scholar Program.
Each year, one senior is honored at the luncheon by Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life, for their dedication to academics, campus, the community and more during the four years they study at HPU. During her presentation of the award, Tuttle said, “Tyler demonstrates extraordinary fairness, respect of others and true character. He has touched every corner of the HPU community in a very deep and most profound way. He is the embodiment of what all of us strive to do for every student who enters the gates of High Point University.”
Steelman graduated on May 3 with degrees in both Music Performance and Political Science from HPU. He will be attending graduate school at Appalachian State University to obtain a master’s degree in political science.
“HPU has prepared me for graduate school in so many ways,” Steelman said. “The experiential learning curriculum has given me confidence in my abilities, and I know that I am ready for my next step.”