Friday, March 18, 2005

Pastor Dorothy Nickel Friesen to speak at 2005 Goshen College Commencement April 24

GOSHEN, Ind. — As the campus prepares to say goodbye to its 107th graduating class, pastor Dorothy Nickel Friesen will inspire and encourage Goshen College graduates for their post-college futures during this year’s commencement address.

Nickel Friesen, who is conference minister for the Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA, will deliver the commencement address to Goshen College’s 2005 graduates at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 in the Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center during the graduation exercises. Her presentation, titled “An Undivided Life,” will highlight the commencement ceremony in which 214 students will receive diplomas from Goshen College.

Since 2003, Nickel Friesen has served the church in Newton, Kan., as the Western District Conference Minister. Prior to that she was senior pastor at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton, Ohio; assistant dean and director of continuing education at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart; and pastor at Manhattan (Kan.) Mennonite Church.

Besides pastoring, Nickel Friesen is a sought-after speaker in the Mennonite Church, giving keynote addresses at conference gatherings, the Mennonite Church USA Assembly in Atlanta and others. She was co-chair of the Integration Committee for the General Conference Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church between 1995 and 1999. Nickel Friesen is also the author of numerous articles in church publications.

Nickel Friesen graduated from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., in 1969. She received a master’s of arts degree from University of Kansas in 1979 and a master of divinity degree from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo., in 1984.

Schedule of weekend commencement activities:

Saturday, April 23

1:30 p.m.
Senior Nurses’Pinning Ceremony, Church-Chapel

1:30-5:30 p.m.
Informal departmental receptions

5-6 p.m.
Dinner available for graduates, guests and faculty, Westlawn Dining Hall

7:30 p.m.
Senior Class Program, Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center

8:45-10:30 p.m.
President's Reception for graduates and their families, Music Center lobby

Sunday, April 24

11 a.m.
Baccalaureate Service, Church-Chapel

3 p.m. – 107th
Annual Commencement, Roman Gingerich Recreation Fitness Center

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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