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Triplet grads, hailing from Ohio with diverse interests, ‘chose individually’ to come to EMU

Just how exactly does a set of triplets from northwest Ohio end up graduating from Eastern Mennonite University? “We chose individually,” Rachel King said. Finishing her sister’s thoughts as she often does, Emma King agreed. “Yeah, we didn’t come because each other came,” ...More

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Author and Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne urges EMU’s Class of 2015 to ‘never stop learning’

In an address to Eastern Mennonite University’s graduating class of 2015 Sunday, commencement speaker E.J. Dionne Jr. pulled inspiration from a rather unlikely source: former comedy talk show host Stephen Colbert. “Colbert said precisely what I think about cynicism nine years ago,” Dionne, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, ...More

EMU’s Commencement ceremony moved indoors to Yoder Arena in University Commons due to inclement weather

Inclement weather has forced EMU’s commencement ceremony indoors to Yoder Arena in University Commons. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Disability parking is available in front of University Commons and in other designated areas. Visitors to campus are encouraged to search for “1307 Park Road Harrisonburg VA 22802” in their GP ...More

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Author and political commentator E.J. Dionne to speak at 2015 Commencement

Best-selling author and political commentator E.J. Dionne will give Eastern Mennonite University’s 2015 Commencement address on Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m. Dionne is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution ...More

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Be a risk-taker and a change-maker, Nobel Peace Prize winner tells class of 2014

Courtesy of Caleb Soptelean, Daily News Record, April 28, 2014 “Dare to be laughed at, mocked and scorned.” A Nobel Peace Prize winner gave those words of advice to Eastern Mennonite University’s graduates Sunday afternoon. ...More

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Nobel Laureate Gbowee helps EMU graduates to appreciate taking action – and dancing – in the present

Under a postcard-perfect blue sky at Eastern Mennonite University, 467 members of the graduating class of 2014 heard Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee call them to “take action in the present” rather than be paralyzed by uncertainty about what their future holds. “Begin with what you have,” she said, using “your lit ...More

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Joshua Mensah emerges as strong communicator, innovator, fulfilling hopes of his Nobel-winning mother in his own way

Joshua Mensah landed at Eastern Mennonite University because his Nobel prize-winning mother, Leymah Gbowee, wanted him to go to a Christian college that emphasizes community and peacebuilding. “Coming from an African culture, your parents are in c ...More

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Mark Shriver: On Being a ‘Pencil in God’s Hand’

Commencement speaker Mark Shriver said he had to battle his own ego to address the 2013 graduating class of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) about what really counts: “To perform acts of hope and love… [This] is what matters.” “I initially accepted the invitation to speak here because it is such an honor and it felt good for my ego,” he said during the ...More

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Doubling Down On Success

Being twins, Justin and Joel Rittenhouse learned to share growing up: toys, birthdays, even, in one sense, each other’s face. Now, the 21-year-olds  share another distinction — Eastern Mennonite University graduate. The brothers were among the more than 400 Royals who received diplomas on Sunday during commencement exercises at the liberal arts school. ...More

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Seminary Widens Horizons of Mennonite-Raised Grad

As a Mennonite, one of the last “take-aways” Aaron Kauffman expected from Eastern Mennonite Seminary was learning about Christian traditions far beyond the Mennonite church and coming to appreciate them. “When I was considering seminary I wasn’t really looking for another Mennonite experience,” said Aaron Kauffman, who received his MDiv deg ...More