Community farewell to Shirley H. Showalter to take place Sept. 20

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen College and the community will celebrate Shirley H. Showalter’s service as president during a special convocation at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 in Sauder Concert Hall of the Music Center. This event will cap Showalter’s nearly eight years in office.

The extended 50-minute convocation program will be highlighted by her last official address to the campus and community as president of Goshen College, and will include music and prayer, with expressions of gratitude for her leadership and blessings for her future. There will be several special guests and even a surprise for President Showalter.

An early luncheon for invited community and church leaders will then take place in Rieth Recital Hall following the convocation. In the afternoon, all current and former GC faculty and staff and current students are invited to a celebrative farewell reception from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall, where there will be time for reflection and sharing and to wish President Showalter well as she moves on to a new challenge.

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Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit

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