2016 Baccalaureate

& 2016 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

EMU celebrates the University’s 98th Annual Commencement in this Baccalaureate Service. Chad Gusler, assistant professor of language and literature, addresses the graduates with his speech titled “Fear, Love, and Wanderlust”.  Senior class co-presidents Katie Miller and Austin Mumaw offer Senior Class Salutations.

“Cords of Distinction” Ceremony 2016

& 2016 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

The Cords of Distinction award honors the efforts of graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society.

The Blue cord represents strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas.

The Gold cord represents love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement.

This years recipients of the Cords of Distinction are:

  • Hannah Chappell-Dick, major in Biology, minors in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Honors, and Coaching; Bluffton, Ohio
  • Bethany Chupp, major in Psychology and minors in Honors and Art; Canby, Oregon
  • Anahely Cruz, major in Liberal Arts, (Elementary Education Licensure, PreK-6, Special Education Licensure K-12) and minor in Psychology; Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Tyler Eshleman, major in Peacebuilding and Development and minor in Sociology; Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Teresa Garcia-bautista, majors in History, Spanish Language & Hispanic Studies and minor in Pre-Law and Political Studies; Timberville, Virginia
  • Brooke Lacock, major in Psychology, minors in Honors and Art; Paradise, Pennsylvania
  • Carissa Luginbill, major in Social Work and minors in Art and Psychology; Bluffton, Ohio
  • Jolee Paden, major in Business Administration, Recreation Leadership & Sports Promotion; St. Joseph, Illinois
  • Philip Watson, major in Psychology and minor in Photography; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Londen Wheeler, majors in Digital Media, Photography, and Communication; Faber, Virginia

2016 Seminary Commencement

& 2016 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary celebrates the 67th Annual Commencement with an address by Dr. John D. Roth, Professor of History and Director of the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College, and Editor of the Mennonite Quarterly Review

2016 Nurses’ Pinning

& 2016 Commencement, Commencement, Student Speakers.

The Spring semester nursing graduates celebrate the completion of their Nursing degrees in this traditional pinning ceremony.  Kris Kirwan offers advice and reflections for the graduates.

2016 Seminary Baccalaureate

& 2016 Commencement, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Seminary.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s 2016 Baccalaureate service includes reflections by Linda Alley on the theme, “Call & Dwelling for Tenuous Times.”

Cross-cultural Chapel: Middle East

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

The returning Spring 2016 Middle East Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences in the Middle East this semester.

Cross-cultural Chapel: Guatemala & Cuba

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

The returning Spring 2016 Guatemala & Cuba Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences in Guatemala and Cuba this semester.

“Significant Turning Points” – President Loren Swartzendruber

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

President Loren Swartzendruber addresses the campus community for the final time in chapel as president of the university. There is a passing of the gavel from the current SGA Co-Presidents to the newly elected Co-Presidents.

We also host a time of sending for students and faculty soon departing on summer Cross-Cultural Seminars and similar international summer learning tours including:

Lithuania Cross-Cultural with Jerry Holsopple & Carissa Luginbill

Myanmar Cross-Cultural with Andy & Lana Miller

Quebec Cross-Cultural with Nancy Heisey

Washington, D.C. Cross-Cultural with Deanna Durham

Midwives for Haiti Senior Seminar with Ann Schaeffer

Global UrbanTrek to Northern Africa with Johonna & Julian Turner

Chapel Address: Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman, Presidential Candidate of Choice

& University Chapels.

The EMU Presidential Candidate of Choice, Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman, addresses the campus community with reflections from her life journey.


Seminary Chapel Gathering – “Celebration”

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Seminary.


To honor Linda Alley as she transitions into the fullness of retirement
To thank Lonnie Yoder for time served (as Associate Dean)