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On an afternoon that felt more like summer than spring, Eastern Mennonite University held its 91st commencement on the front lawn of campus Sunday, Apr. 26.
A celebratory crowd of nearly 4,000 family and friends applauded and cheered as the 465 members of the EMU class of 2009 received their diplomas. EMU President Loren Swartzendruber presented 348 undergraduate, 95 graduate, 9 graduate certificates and 12 study and pastoral ministry certificates during the ceremonies.
In her address, Joyce Bontrager Lehman, a 1965 EMU alumna, quoted anthropologist Margaret Mead, who said, "Never doubt the ability of a small group of committed citizens to change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Speaking from her perspective as a program officer for microfinance with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's "Financial Services for the Poor" initiative, she stated: "I believe that real lasting change occurs only at the grass roots, one person, one family, one village at a time."