The end of a four-year journey came for 223 Goshen College graduates, members of the 107th graduating class, who accepted diplomas from Interim President John D. Yordy in the Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center on April 24. Dorothy Nickel Friesen, conference minister for the Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA, gave the commencement address, “An Undivided Life.” During the student-led Baccalaureate worship service on Sunday morning, Regina Shands Stoltzfus, former Goshen College Assistant Campus Minister and who currently is serving as Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary's Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, offered the sermon, “Going Out, Speaking Truth” based on Ephesians 4:1-6.
During the ceremony, 223 degrees were conferred during the ceremony, including 106 graduates from Indiana, 29 international students and 36 graduates in the Adult Programs and Florida extensions. The 2005 graduating class represents 24 different states and 15 countries. Thirty-seven percent of traditional graduates have signed the Graduation Pledge that reads: “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work.”
The commencement ceremony ended a weekend of celebration activities which included a senior nurses’ pinning, departmental receptions, senior art exhibit, the senior program talent show and a president’s reception.
Photos by Miriam Loh, Eric Smoldt, Jodi H. Beyeler