Commencement Weekend 2019

May 3, Friday. 3:00 - 5:00 pm:  Commencement Rehearsal, Lehman Auditorium.  

May 4, Saturday, 9:00 -11:30 am:  Senior Brunch -- Seminary

May 4, Saturday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm:  Baccalaureate -- Martin Chapel

Scripture: Luke 5:1-11 Ruth 1:16-17
Theme: Where You Go: Casting an Imaginative Journey
Speaker: Dr. Lonnie Yoder

May 5, Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm: Commencement

For general information on Commencement check out the EMU commencement pages

Meet some of our graduates!

Anna Efaw

Anna Efaw, MDiv

I am most grateful to a compassionate, loving community that journeyed with me during this difficult but also very meaningful time of my life.

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Christopher NDege

Christopher NDege, MDiv/MACT

I am among of the Bishops of the Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania.

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David Gingerich

David Gingerich, MDiv

I have a passion for helping our North American churches to receive our Christian brothers and sisters, especially from the global south, as missionaries to the global north. 

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DJ Mitchell

DJ Mitchell, MDiv 

Throughout my seminary education, I have felt a persistent call to share with others the message of the grace that has been given to me. There is so much suffering, isolation, and despair in this country, and the Gospel has an answer for it.

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Donna Becker

Donna Becker, MDiv

Each course at EMS has increased my love for and knowledge about the Bible, through the required readings, my research projects, and most especially through discussions in class. 

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Hardaye Ramjit

Hardaye (Moonie) Ramjit, MACL

I am very interested in the work of Peace and Justice as it relates to the rights of the poor and disenfranchised people of the world.

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Jon Carlson

Jon Carlson, Certificate

Seminary is an excellent place to integrate theory and practice into meaningful ministry.

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Karen Burke

Karen Burke, MDiv

I began seminary in 2012 by taking Clinical Pastoral Education. I started with CPE because I felt called to Chaplaincy and wanted to make sure at the beginning of seminary that chaplaincy was something I really wanted.

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Kevin Poeckert

Kevin Poeckert, MDiv

My ideal ministry setting would be to work alongside a rural, multi-generational, thriving congregation who desires to provide missional outreach, evangelism and care for their community and the world.

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Matt Simpson

Matt Simpson, MACL

Eastern Mennonite has given me a community that has strengthened and uplifted me, while helping shape me academically, socially, and spiritually. 

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Mike Ford

Mike Ford, MDiv

I was at the Lancaster EMS campus, and appreciated the high quality professors there and the face to face interaction with classmates.

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Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez, MDiv

Fear was the biggest enemy I had to face in following God's calling. The Lord has been shaping my life all these years and I can see his hand both protecting and correcting me.

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Rebekah Nolt

Rebekah Nolt, MDiv

I am passionate about issues of social justice, environmental stewardship, and being an agent of hope in this broken and hurting world. I am an artist, poet, and gardener who finds creative ways to meaningfully engage these as worship practices.

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Suzy Kanode

Suzy Kanode, MACL

I cannot imagine a better place to receive a seminary education. The formation and nurture are priceless gifts to students and their families and congregations.

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Valerie Showalter

Valerie Showalter, MDiv

I enjoyed the classes that merged biblical study and practical theology, such as Women and Men in Scripture and Church and Creation Care in Scripture and Church.

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Graduates not pictured: Hillary Evans, Karyn Nancarvis, Nathan Scarborough, Jeffrey High, Hendy Sevan Matahelemual, Ken Wettig, Tyler Goss, Kevin Nofziger

Special notes for seminary graduates

  • All graduates are assessed a $75 graduation fee
  • Diplomas cannot be released until all academic requirements have been met and the student account has a zero balance
  • If you are not able to attend commencement, please contact the Seminary Dean’s Office two weeks prior to the event

Address Changes

A Seminary Graduate Information Form will be distributed near the end of the academic year. You will be asked to enter the address at which you can be reached after you graduate. Please fill in as much as you are able at the time.

All alumni are highly encouraged to let the alumni office know of any change of address whenever they move thereafter, by emailing or calling (540) 432-4294.

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