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

2016 Commencement Information

Join us in celebration April 29 – May 1 for our 2016 commencement weekend activities!

View the information below for the weekend schedule, event speakers and other details.

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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 - EMU front lawn
Speaker: Loren Swartzendruber, President of Eastern Mennonite University
His address is titled "Sacred Conversations Continued."

(In case of rain, 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.