2016 Commencement Speaker EMU President Loren Swartzendruber
The 2016 commencement speaker will be EMU's eighth and current president, Dr. Loren E. Swartzendruber.
Read President Swartzendruber's biography

Livestream of commencement

Watch live video stream of commencement.

2016 Commencement to be held indoors today

Due to inclement weather, the 2016 commencement ceremony will be held in Yoder Arena of University Commons. See campus map

All graduates are to meet in Lehman Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

Yoder Arena of University Commons accommodates up to 3,600 people. No reserved seating is available. Overflow seating with live feed of the proceedings will be available in Main Stage Theater, also in University Commons.

Parking is available on the north side of the Commons. Handicap drop-off will be available in front of the building off the main entrance on Park Road.

The University Commons building common areas, hallway, restrooms, etc., outside of the Yoder Arena will be open by noon. Lines will form to enter the arena. Doors will open to the Yoder Arena seating at 12:15 p.m.

Following the ceremony, please be prepared to exit the building from the main entrance, the top level, or down the lower level hallway to the north lot. Many people will need to move through the doors so it will be important to keep traffic moving.

Weather permitting, photos outside on the lawn (away from the parking lot in front of the Commons) will be welcomed!

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Friday, April 29

7:30 p.m.
Seminary Baccalaureate - Martin Chapel
Speaker: Linda Alley, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Saturday, April 30

8:30 a.m.
Parent Council - Campus Center 301/302
2:30 p.m.
Seminary Commencement - Lehman Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. John D. Roth, Professor of History and Director of the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College; Editor of the Mennonite Quarterly Review
His address is titled “The Beauty of Holiness.”
4:30 p.m.
Cords of Distinction Ceremony - Martin Chapel
7:00 p.m.
Baccalaureate - Lehman Auditorium
Speaker: Chad Gusler, assistant professor of language and literature
His address is titled "Fear, Love and Wanderlust."
8:15 p.m.
Concert - Martin Chapel
Immediately following Baccalaureate in Martin Chapel featuring Eastern Mennonite University music students.
8:30 p.m.
President's Reception - University Commons
President Loren and Pat Swartzendruber cordially invite all graduates, their immediate families and the faculty to a reception in the University Commons, second floor corridor on Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 1

1:00 p.m.
Commencement - University Commons
Speaker: Loren Swartzendruber, President of Eastern Mennonite University
His address is titled "Sacred Conversations Continued."

Commencement will be held in the University Commons which has seating capacity of 3,600. There is no reserved seating in the Commons.

Departmental Activities

Brunch for seminary graduates
Sat., 9 a.m., Seminary fellowship area
Reception for MA in biomedicine graduates
Sun., 9 a.m., Suter Science Ctr. 104
Brunch for Bible & religion graduates
Sat., 9:30 a.m., President’s Rm., Univ. Commons
Nurses’ pinning/commissioning
Sat., 11 a.m., Lehman Auditorium
Counseling graduates’ commissioning (by invitation)
Sat., 1 p.m., Martin Chapel
Reception for social work graduates
Sat., 2 p.m., Discipleship Center
Reception for applied social science graduates
Sat., 2 p.m., Discipleship Center
Breakfast for business & economics graduates and parents
Sun., 8 a.m., Campus Ctr. 226
Brunch for Lancaster MA in education graduates
Sun., 10 a.m., West Dining Room
Reception for Center for Justice & Peacebuilding graduates
Sun., 3:30 p.m., Martin Chapel
Celebration for Lancaster RN-BS graduates
Friday, May 20, Lancaster, Pa.
Celebration for Lancaster STEP graduates
Lancaster, Pa.

Photography Expectations

Please observe designated photography areas near the stage for family and friends and limit your time to three minutes.


Blocks of rooms have been reserved by EMU at: Best Western (540-433-6089 EMU group block EMU16), Comfort Inn (540-433-6066 group block called EMU Graduation), Holiday Inn Express (540-433-9999 group block called EMU Graduation) and Country Inn and Suites (540-433-2400). Rooms not reserved by April 1 will be released.

Undergraduate Class Gift

The Undergraduate Class of 2016 raised funds for improving the fire pit area on top of the hill with benches and walkway.