Mark Rusch of Vermillion graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University in Omaha with a bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, during spring 2006 commencement exercises.
At graduation Rusch was recognized by the Honors Program; for his membership in Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society for scholarship, loyalty and service; in Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society; and in Delta Phi Alpha, National German Honor Society. He also received the English Department's Oscar Macellaio Poetry Prize and its Under graduate Fiction prize and was recognized by the department of Modern Languages and Literature with the Department Award for Excellence in German.
Rusch graduated from Vermillion High School in 2002. He is the son of Lana and Art Rusch of Vermillion.