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Baccalaureate & Graduation

Dear Emmaus Parents:

Israel Chavez dean for student developmentHello from Emmaus Bible College! With the end of our spring semester just around the corner, I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a few end-of-the-year events that we trust you’ll be able to attend.

First, on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 7:30 PM, the Emmaus Bible College Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place in the Emmaus Marble Chapel. This special event is designed to honor our graduates with outstanding achievement and academic merit. It is also a time to exhort and charge the graduating seniors from scripture before they receive their degrees and leave campus as alumnus/ae. Please plan to join us as we say “well done” to this year’s graduates.

Prior to the Baccalaureate Ceremony, you are invited to a special hors d'oeuvres reception to be held in our dining hall at 5:30 PM. This is an enjoyable time for students and their family to mix and mingle with Emmaus faculty, staff, and friends. This reception is free of charge for current full-time resident students, and all 2015 Emmaus graduates. There is a small charge of $7.50 for each family member and friend who will be attending. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance, but for planning purposes we do ask that you RSVP no later than April 30th. Tickets may be purchased at any time from our front desk receptionist. You may RSVP in the following ways:

The 68th Commencement of Emmaus Bible College will be held on Saturday, May 9th, at 10:30 AM in the Emmaus Marble Chapel. Doors will open at 9:30 am. This event is open to all family members and friends. We are happy to have friend of the college and former board member Dr. Merrill Oster as our commencement speaker this year. Dr. Oster is a former Emmaus board member and an international business journalist, publishing entrepreneur, author and public speaker. He is a Founder, President, and Chairman of the Oster Communications, Inc. and is currently employed at OsterDowJones Commodity News in the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Please plan to join us in celebrating with our graduates on the successful culmination of their Emmaus studies. (including Certificate, Associates, and Bachelor’s degree students)

For your planning purposes, please be aware that breakfast on May 10th will be the last meal provided for resident students. There will be no lunch following Commencement ceremonies.

If you have any additional questions regarding the Commencement weekend events, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can reach Laura Strautmann, Director of Residence Life at or (563) 588-8000 x1123.


Israel Chavez
Dean for Student Development
Emmaus Bible College
office | (563) 588-8000 ext.1310