EMS Graduation Highlights

How can we keep from singing? With 41 graduates on Saturday, June 1, Eastern Mennonite School held its 106th commencement ceremony. This day marks a significant achievement in the lives of our students. The weeks leading up to graduation are filled with milestones.

Senior presentations are a vital component of a capstone course called Kingdom Living, where seniors explore the practical aspects of living out their faith. EMS literally gives students a microphone and asks them to share their stories – reflecting on their upbringing, their experiences at EMS, and their aspirations for the future. These presentations provide a unique platform for students to express their journeys and dreams, offering a rich tapestry of life stories centered around faith, education, and relationships.

The commencement concert featured EMHS instrumental groups, followed by three choirs. The 100+ mass choir joined together to sing “And the Glory” from Handel’s Messiah to close. It was a beautiful way to come together and begin the celebration of the senior class.

Jon Carlson, commencement speaker, shared that this is not a big ending – but a big beginning. Commencement, which means a beginning, begins a promise of new possibilities. New beginnings are the base of the Christian faith. He asked the seniors, “What could be your moment of new creation?” challenging them to choose God’s love for others. As seniors begin the next chapter of their lives, we are filled with pride and anticipation for the bright futures ahead. May God bless the class of 2024 and as Mr. King always says, “I am somebody,” encouraging people to be the one who helps. Be the blessing and show God’s grace in your new beginning!

EMS 2024
Graduate Blessing
by Bible Teacher, Karen Suderman

Here you are seen;
now go out and see with wonder and curiosity so that you may observe God’s movement in the world.

Here you are known;
now go out to know, to learn, experience, and grow so that you may more deeply understand your part in God’s unfolding story.

Here you are loved;
now go out in love so that you may offer your gifts, knowledge, and wisdom to the world around you.

Now you are sent with the peace of Christ before you, behind you, and under your feet.