2016 Commencement

EMU celebrates the University’s 98th Annual Commencement. Dr. Loren Swartzendruber offers the Commencement address.  Graduate perspectives are shared by Ruthie Beck, Londen Wheeler, Letitia Bates, and Elizabeth Girvan.

“Significant Turning Points” – President Loren Swartzendruber

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....

“Changing Patterns of Leadership in Anabaptist Communities in North America in the 20th Century” – John Sharp and Rachel Waltner Goossen

President Loren Swartzendruber and the EMU SGA co-presidents, Rachel Schrock and Hanna Heishman welcome participants to the Anabaptist Leadership Conference, Leading into the Common Good: an Anabaptist Perspective. Canadian Mennonite University Student Johanna Tse opens with a reflection on “A vision for new models of decision-making and leadership.” John Sharp and Rachel Waltner Goossen deliver....

Opening Convocation: “For Just Such a Time as This” – President Loren Swartzendruber

President Loren Swartzendruber addresses the campus community for his final Opening Convocation service on the theme: For Just Such a Time as This. Chapel includes a time of prayerful sending for the Cross-Cultural Seminar groups departing for the Middle East and Guatemala-Cuba. Scripture: Esther 4:12-14 (The Message): When Hathach told Mordecai what Esther had....

“Dreams and Visions” – Loren Swartzendruber

President Swartzendruber addresses the campus community drawing from Acts 2:12-18 This service concludes with a  time of sending for the cross-cultural seminar group departing for China.

“Working the Soil” – Loren Swartzendruber

President Swartzendruber addresses the campus community drawing from Matthew 13:1-9 This service concludes with a  time of sending for the cross-cultural seminar group departing for SE Balkans: Bulgaria, Greece & Turkey.

2014 Matriculation Ceremony

New students and parents are welcomed by President Swartzendruber and faculty. The official transition begins.

“Reflections on Listening together” – Dr. Loren Swartzendruber

President Swartzendruber discusses the Listening Process as the Seminary Community is called to prayer for discernment. The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

University Convocation: “Turn Down the Heat” – President Loren Swartzendruber

President Loren Swartzendruber launches a new semester as he addresses the campus community with a message inspired by Psalm 24:1; Romans 8:20-22; Colossians 1:15-17; and Revelation 22:1-2. Chapel closes with a time of sending for the Guatemala & Mexico Cross Cultural group.

“A Desire to Belong” – Loren Swartzendruber

President Swartzendruber launches the year with reflections on belonging based on Luke 6:27-31. This service concludes with a  time of sending for the Spain-Morocco and China cross-cultural groups departing for the semester.