Benedictine College Announces Paul Ryan as 2013 Commencement Speaker

  • Thursday, February 21, 2013

Officials at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., have announced that former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan will deliver the 2013 Commencement Address for the college.  The annual ceremony is set for May 11, 2013, in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium on the Benedictine campus.  This year, more than 360 students are expected to participate, comprising the largest graduating class in recent history.

“I think our students will enjoy hearing from a real servant leader,” said Stephen D. Minnis, president of Benedictine College.  “Not only is Paul Ryan a great family man, but he is true to his beliefs and has been willing to stand up for what he thinks is best for the United States.  He should give an excellent presentation.”

Ryan is a fifth-generation Wisconsin native currently serving his 8th term as a Member of Congress and rose to national prominence as the vice-presidential nominee for the Republican Party during the 2012 presidential elections.  He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Social Security, health care and trade laws.  He is also chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he works to bring fiscal discipline and accountability to the federal government.

Ryan is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned degrees in economics and political science.  He and his wife, Janna, live in Janesville, Wis., with their children, daughter Liza and sons Charlie and Sam. He is a member of St. John Vianney’s Parish.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.