EMU celebrates the University’s 95th Annual Commencement. Mark Shriver offers the Commencement address, “Faith, Hope, and Love in Action”. Graduate perspectives are shared by Hannah Schrock, Ryan Eshleman, Ericka Kovacevic, and Sylvia Hooley Myer.
EMU celebrates the University’s 95th Annual Commencement in this Baccalaureate Service. Dr. Ken J. Nafziger, Professor of Music, addresses the graduates with his speech titled “Fifty Shades of Menno”. Senior class co-presidents Laci Gautsche and James Souder offer Senior Class Salutations.
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:
-Nels Åkerson, major in Biology, from Harrisonburg, VA
-Michael Allen, major in Liberal Arts, from Fork Union, VA
-Jossimar Diaz-Castro, major in Philosophy & Theology, from Harrisonburg, VA
-Ryan Eshleman, majors in Philosophy & Theology and Biology, from Harrisonburg, Va.
-Darian Harnish, majors in Accounting and Economics, from Lancaster, PA
-Josh Kanagy, major in Psychology, from Harrisonburg, VA.
-Julia Schmidt, major in History, from Pandora, Oh.
-Hannah Schrock, major in Biology, from Iowa City, IA.
-Kelley Schroder, major in Music, Education Licensure, from Leesburg, Va.
-James Souder, major in Environmental Sustainability, from Harrisonburg, VA
The Spring semester nursing graduates celebrate the completion of their Nursing degrees in this traditional pinning ceremony. Several Nursing Faculty offer words of encouragement to the graduates.
Eastern Mennonite Seminary celebrates the 64th Annual Commencement with an address by Dr. Lee Snyder, President Emeritus at Bluffton University, titled, “Reclaiming the Story.”
Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s 2013 Baccalaureate service includes reflections by three of the graduates on the theme, “In Christ, no longer strangers.”
As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, Lana Miller has shaped a chapel service around her message entitled, “Just One, One, One.”
Lana Miller is an EMS graduate who served as interim campus pastor at EMU in 2007-08. Lana and her husband Andy recently served with MCC in Cambodia with oversight of programs in Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos. Prior to seminary, Lana was the associate director of convention planning for Mennonite Church USA with primary responsibility for the youth convention and denominational youth ministry. She has taught Youth Ministry and Spiritual Formation at EMS in addition to teaching high school chemistry before beginning youth and young adult ministry at Clinton Frame Mennonite (IN). She and Andy continue their passion for service to internationals by hosting Chinese scholars in their home.
Lana holds a Master of Divinity with a concentration in spiritual formation and certificate in youth ministry from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Goshen College, Goshen, IN.
As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, James Ellis III has shaped a chapel service with a message entitled, “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” taken from Genesis 27:12-13
James Ellis, III is an ordained Baptist minister who describes himself as “Christian by conviction, Baptist by tradition, and ecumenical in spirit.” James has served as a youth pastor and an assistant pastor in two United Methodist churches, and recently served a one-year, Lilly-funded campus pastorate at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He is currently a Lewis Fellow at Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lewis Center for Church Leadership, an ecumenical leadership development program for outstanding young clergy. Prior to ministry, James was a multimedia producer and competitive “spoken word” poet. He and his wife Renata have a passion for doing service work in multi-racial settings such as New Orleans (LA).
At the close of chapel, there is a time of sending and blessing for students and faculty going on summer cross-cultural seminars to these locations:
Bolivia & The Galápagos Islands – Doug & Cristina Graber Neufeld
Honduras – Jason Good & Eric Trinka
South Korea – Gloria Rhodes
Quebec – Nancy Heisey & Jen Ulrich
Local Context cross-cultural – Deanna Durham