BLUFFTON — Riordan McClain came back to Bluffton University to speak at Sunday’s commencement ceremony inside the Sommer Center.
McClain, a graduate of Bluffton’s Class of 2006, is serving his first full term in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 87th House District, including Crawford, Morrow and Wyandot counties, as well as portions of Marion and Seneca counties.
McClain received a bachelor’s degree and went on to the University of Findlay, where he earned his MBA. McClain was excited to come back to speak at commencement.
“It means a lot for me to come back and to be able to do this at my university. I’m beyond honored to have been invited back to do so. I’m just enjoying the day,” he said.
His theme was “Who Are You.”
“I hope it empowers them to go out and find themselves. Find something they’re good at, something that they’re passionate about, something they can invest their time in and just make this world a better place,” he said.
This was Bluffton University’s 119th commencement and the first for Dr. Jane M. Wood, Bluffton University’s president.
“It’s so exciting. It’s such a pleasure to get to know these young people, to get to know their passions, their dreams, the things that they’re excited about and then to be able to see them come to fruition,” she said.
Wood says they are very excited about some new general education initiatives that will start in 2020.
“We are looking at an integrated curriculum where our freshman year, starting in the fall of 2020, our students will really be looking at ‘Who Am I,’” she said.
”They’re going to be looking at spiritual, vocational discernment to say, ‘Who do I want to be in this world? What are my strengths? What are my weaknesses?’ We’re going to take our entire freshman class down to Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), and we’re going to have them think about all of these things and get to know each other,” she said.
Their sophomore year, they will be in Lima for Bluffton University’s new “Learning in Community” class that starts this fall.
“They’re going to be learning about what does it mean to live in community. What does it mean to be a good citizen in community, and they’re going to be working with 11 non-profits in Lima. Lima will be our community lab,” she said.
In their junior year, the students will take a class cultural trip, where they will learn about what does it mean to be a citizen of the world.
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