Hesston College Commencement: Congratulations to the class of 2015 Posted on July 28, 2015 by Larry Bartel Taylor Zehr ’15 (Wauseon, Ohio) hugs Bible and ministry faculty member Michele (Schrock) ’81 Hershberger. Lucas Garces Soliman ’15 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) takes a post-Commencement selfie with biology instructor Marelby Mosquera ’04. Rachel Jantzi ’15 (Hendersonville, N.C.) and Mary Bender ’15 (Harrisonburg, Va.) celebrate their accomplishments with Yui Soshizaki ’16 (Kanagawa-ken, Japan). Alpha Mavungu Kivuvu ’15 (Kinshsa, Democratic Republic of Congo) (second from left) is congratulated by education instructor Marissa King ’05, social science instructor and artist in residence Tony Brown ’69 and Rince Longo Kabondo ’16 (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo). Elisabeth Wilder ’15 (Hesston, Kan.) recieves her diploma. President Howard Keim conferred 148 degrees for the class of 2015. Student speaker Malcolm Mann ’15 (Plano, Texas) reflects on his two years at Hesston College. Mann and Jordan Waidelich ’15 (Stryker, Ohio) were nominated by faculty and staff and chosen by their classmates as student speakers during Commencment exercises. Kevin King (Lititz, Pa.), executive director of Mennonite Disaster Service, delivers the Commencement address “Abide In Me,” based on the 2014-15 theme verse from John 15:4-5 encouraging students to to look past society’s messages of materialism and self-worth and into deeper connection with Christ, self and others. Aviation and Air Traffic Control students are recognized during a May 9 celebration for eight professional pilot graduates and one air traffic control graduate. Pictured are Cody Miller ’15 (Wellman, Iowa), Jacob Leichty ’15 (Auburn, Ind.), Connor Rockelman ’15 (York, Pa.), Jeshurun Shuman ’15 (Middletown, Pa.), Trevor Natalini ’15 (Oronogo, Mo.) and Kendal Slabach Brubaker ’15 (Harrisonburg, Va.). Pastoral Ministries graduate Tom Wedel ’15 (Hesston, Kan.) is commissioned for service to the church by Marion Bontrager ’57, Michele Hershberger and Ron Moyo ’12, a Pastoral Ministries graduate and Saturday night worship pastor at Whitestone Mennonite Church (Hesston). Moyo presented the message “What the Lord requires of Tom” at the May 9 ceremony. Lea Ulrich ’15 (Hesston, Kan.) recieves her nursing pin from faculty member Gregg Schroeder ’86. The class of 2015 included 50 nursing graduates. Speakers at the May 9 Nursing Pinning ceremony were faculty member Joyce Huber and Makayla Ladwig ’15 (Wichita, Kan.), with the message “My Greatest Hope for the Nursing Class of 2015.” Paul Unruh Ac58, ’60 (Hesston, Kan.) presents the message “Fear and Anxiety—Friend or Foe” at a recognition ceremony for 10 students completing the Disaster Management Program. Front row, from left, are Phillip Horning ’15 (Ephrata, Pa.), Davis Cook ’15 (Goessel, Kan.), Rachel Jantzi ’15 (Hendersonville, N.C.), Elisabeth Wilder ’15 (Hesston, Kan.), Ben Rush ’15 (Quakertown, Pa.), Aimee Stein ’15 (Orrville, Ohio), Travis Splechter ’15 (Coffeyville, Kan.) and Steven Yoder ’15 (McVeytown, Pa.).