The school’s 104th commencement ceremony celebrating 36 graduating seniors was held Sat., June 4 on the auditorium lawn. Family and friends enjoyed the outdoor venue for a second year with fewer Covid restrictions than last spring.
Osheta Moore, pastor and author, called students to move out into the world with the assurance that God loves them deeply. She gave graduates a benediction, blessing them with the words “you are beloved” and encouraged them to remember this in the difficult moments to come.
Elisabeth Fink, salutatorian, commended her classmates for their truth seeking as each student explored their own faith in different ways. Sidney Rhodes read “Gratitude” by Mary Oliver and – with the same appreciation Oliver expressed – described each graduate’s unique gifts.
See a photo gallery, benedictory prayer by Amy Mumbauer, mother of Kate ’22 and board vice chair, and video link, at easternmennonite.org/commencement