Speaker urges grads to have fun

The first thing is to remember to have fun, said a commencement speaker Saturday during Heidelberg University’s 26th graduate commencement ceremony.

William Rayburn, chairman and CEO for FNC Inc., told graduates there are five things that they should remember during his address, titled “Making a Difference.”

“The second thing is that you will have to do things that are not fun,” Rayburn said. “That is how you learn and expand.”

The third and fourth thing, Rayburn said, is to look for ways to get better and to be curious.

The final thing Rayburn said to have a complete life is to give back.

“It is not just about money, it is about your time and to do it with a smile.” he said.

Rayburn left the graduates with a poem. He said, “The thing that goes the farthest and costs the least is a smile…(go and) make a difference.”

Thirty graduates received master’s degrees in education, 16 graduates received master’s degrees in counseling, eight graduates received master’s degrees in business administration, and two graduates received master’s degrees in music education.

Awards were won by Tara Kraft and Zachary Ratchen, both of Tiffin, in counseling; Caroline Keith of Cincinnati in music education; and Elizabeth Snyder of Tiffin, Audrey Fox of Maumee, and international student JunYu Huo, in education. Receiving the Outstanding MAE Research award was Amanda Fought, Kory Meinhart and Tisa Rowe.

Vincent Frigmanski of Waterville served as the student speaker. His address, titled “Keep Moving,” discussed challenges the graduates had to face to get to graduation.

Frigmanski earned a master’s degree in business administration.

“What’s next for us is anything we want,” he said. “We can further our education and go on to get our doctorate or climb the corporate ladder.

“We will keep moving. Albert Einstein said when riding a bicycle, ‘To keep balance you must keep moving.'”