Ten graduating seniors will be honored as Cords of Distinction recipients in a ceremony Saturday afternoon, May 4, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). They will wear gold and blue cords during the graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 5.
Faculty, staff and fellow students nominated the recipients, who were cited for their “significant and verifiable impact” on the university and on student life; for their contributions to developing the institution’s positive image; for substantial contributions to the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County area and beyond; for their high academic and social standing; and their embodiment of EMU’s shared values of Christian discipleship, community, service and peacebuilding.
The cords are blue and gold. Blue represents strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution or community. Gold represents the love of spirit and yearning toward creating a better university environment or community.
Cords of Distinction recipients
- Heyrin Cha, a nursing major from Cheonan-Si, South Korea;
- DeVantae Dews, a liberal arts major from Lynchburg, Virginia;
- Mario Hernandez, a biology and history double-major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras;
- Lindsey Krisak, a biology major from Alexandria, Virginia;
- Nicole Litwiller, a global development and liberal arts double-major, from Hesston, Kansas;
- Sylvia Mast, a biology major from Broadway, Virginia;
- Luke Mullet, a math major from Berlin, Ohio;
- RJ Ocampo, a biology (pre-professional health sciences) major from Virginia Beach, Virginia;
- Precious Waddy, a social work major from Richmond, Virginia;
- Cameron White, a social work major from Palmyra, Virginia;