Before I clicked the enter button of my public Facebook status, questions plagued my mind: Was I really ready to talk about sex in a public space?
Hispanic students are a growing presence on U.S. Mennonite college campuses. This is occurring while the percentage of Mennonite students is decreasing. But the colleges’ growing diversity mirrors the churches’ in some ways.
“You have held newborns in Nicaragua, taught English in Cambodia, served the deaf community in Peru, held basketball camps down the street. You have learned to live lives of service and learning on every inhabitable continent on earth. By my estimation, in the four years you were here at Goshen College, all students, along with faculty, staff, and administrators, showed God’s love for others with more than 60,000 service hours per year that you were here. You, my dear students, have embodied a ‘love that surpasses knowledge.’”
“Our job – not just my job as a journalist, but the job of all of us – is to search for the best, the most true and useful knowledge and understanding that we can, not fake facts that sound really good. It takes passion to sort out rumor from truth; to be willing to consider evidence that contradicts our assumptions; to spend the time searching for answers to hard questions. It takes passion to really learn.”
It started, as many of these things do, as a late-night dorm conversation. A “pipe dream” Goshen College senior Michael Miller called it.
For the Goshen College class of 2013, four years of work and study came to a culmination with the 115th commencement ceremony Sunday at the college.
Goshen College held its 115th Commencement ceremony Sunday with 261 undergraduates and 16 master’s students.