Steve Ruether, Washington, will be the commencement speaker at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School’s graduation ceremonies Thursday, May 17.

Ruether is a 1967 graduate of SFBRHS, and taught for 15 years at his alma mater before retiring from teaching to pursue a career in business.

He attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1971. While in college, he played on the football and track team.

Ruether’s teaching career at SFBRHS began in 1973. He taught English, literature, history and economics.

He also served the Borgia community as an assistant football coach to Harold Flanagan for five years; 15 years as a basketball coach, serving nine years as assistant coach with Ray DeGreeff and six years as the head coach; 10 years as the head volleyball coach; and six years as athletic director.

Ruether left Borgia in 1987 to pursue a business career. He worked for three years with McDonald’s Corporation, and then pursued a career in the Consumer Packaging Industry with Graphic Packaging International, located in Atlanta, Ga.

He worked a variety of positions in production and sales before retiring in July of 2017.

Ruether and his wife Gail (Stuckenschneider), a 1966 alumna, were married in 1972. They have two grown children, Amanda Dieckhaus, a 1994 alumna, and David Ruether, a 2002 alumnus.

The Ruethers are lifelong residents of Washington and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Both have been active in various clubs and associations in the community, and are members of St. Francis Borgia Church.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ray DeGreeff gymnasium.