EMU ended the 2010-11 school year with the 93rd annual commencement exercises 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011.
President Loren Swartzendruber conferred 451 degrees – 320 undergraduate (including 119 Adult Degree Completion Program graduates), 120 graduate, (five graduate certificates and six study and pastoral ministry certificates on graduates of the STEP program at EMU Lancaster (PA). In 2010 EMU awarded 432 degrees.
Commencement speaker Mike Berenstain
Mike Berenstain of Doylestown, Pa., gave the commencement address on the theme, “Simple Gifts: Thoughts from Childhood.” His son, Samuel Berenstain, was a member of the undergraduate class of 2011. He earned a BA degree in environmental sustainability. Read more about Mike Berenstain
During the ceremony, “graduates’ perspectives” were shared by undergraduates Megan Grove and Mitchell Stutzman; ADCP graduate Nona Allen and graduate student Erica Yutzy. The salutation was given by senior class co-presidents Janelle Freed and Braydon Hoover.
Peter Dula, assistant professor of religion and culture, was elected by the senior class to speak during the baccalaureate service the evening before the commencement ceremony. Dr. Dula, an EMU alumnus, received a PhD in theology and ethics from Duke University in 2004. Before joining the EMU faculty in 2006 he was Iraq program coordinator with Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, Pa. He has taught at Lancaster (PA) Mennonite High School and at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was a Fulbright scholar in 2001-02.