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.
Friday, April 29
Speaker: Linda Alley, Eastern Mennonite Seminary
Saturday, April 30
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.”
Speaker: Chad Gusler, assistant professor of language and literature
His address is titled "Fear, Love and Wanderlust."
Immediately following Baccalaureate in Martin Chapel featuring Eastern Mennonite University music students.
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
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.)
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.