By Blue Mountain College
BLUE MOUNTAIN – By paying attention to details, Dr. Barbara Childers McMillin told Blue Mountain College graduates Saturday they will have “the opportunity to make a difference.”
McMillin, who completed her first academic year as BMC president, implored 154 graduates to take seriously the craftsmanship involved in their future occupations, offering “five simple reasons” for being precise and thorough:
• To experience the satisfaction of a job well done by pouring everything they have into their assignments, holding nothing back.
• To practice stewardship by remembering those who have invested in them and to give back to them “by demonstrating you were a good investment.”
• To show submission to the Command found in God’s Holy Word. Quoting the Apostle Paul: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters …”
• To share their testimony by never underestimating their potential to influence someone else with their testimony, “be it spoken or modeled.”
• To perform service to the Kingdom. “If you don’t give your best to do what God has equipped you to do, then what will go undone,” McMillin asked. “Whose life will go unchanged if you fail to do your best?”
The Class of 2013 was the largest in the 140-year history of Blue Mountain College, and for the first time two commencement ceremonies were held. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education and Master of Education students all received diplomas.