On May 14, Jonathon Rusch graduated from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota � Twin Cities, with a bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, with majors in geography and in Scandinavian languages.
During graduation Rusch was recognized for graduating with "high distinction" in addition to receiving his degree summa cum laude. During pre-graduation ceremonies Rusch was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest undergraduate honors society in the United States.
Rusch graduated from Vermillion High School in 2002. He is the son of Art and Lana Rusch of Vermillion.