New Beginnings

In spring the world around us begins anew. In this issue of “Bluffton,” you’ll learn about many new beginnings happening on our campus.

The most prominent new beginning is the announcement of the proposed merger with the University of Findlay. Continue learning about this proposed merger from our joint website at

These new beginnings may yet be fully known, but they will continue to allow us to prepare our students as we follow our mission for “life as well as vocation” and, “ultimately, for the purposes of God’s universal kingdom.”

MOU signing

Merger makes history

“Higher education faces significant challenges. These times call upon us to be innovative and forward-thinking, and I believe this merger will prove to be both.”

Commencement 2024


Six states and four countries, and 16 first-generation students, were represented among the 147 bachelor’s and master’s degrees graduates.

Faculty processional

Emeriti faculty

With a combined 88 years of service to Bluffton University, Perry Bush, Gary Schiefer and Deb Myers received emeritus status upon their retirement.

Pressbox dedication first pitch

Coach Kim Fischer’s sister, Susan Baker, made the ceremonial first pitch following dedication of the Kim Fischer Softball Press Box. 
More about the pressbox dedication >

2024 graduates

Their vision was to close the gap on the student’s cost of attendance, allowing the student to complete their education with little-to-no out-of-pocket costs. The first Diller Family Scholar crossed the Commencement stage in May. 
More about the Diller Scholarship >

Karter Tow '24

While wrapping up his undergraduate studies at Bluffton, Karter Tow ran the Boston Marathon.
Read Karter’s story >

RaeLee Hightower
“I enjoy teaching others, but I had also always been interested in Japanese culture, so I figured applying for the JET Program would be a great opportunity to experience the country and culture firsthand. I was right!”
Read RaeLee’s story >