31 students (30 baccalaureates, 1 associate) walked across the court at the Shaw Athletic Center on Saturday to receive their diplomas from Emmanuel College.
Amanda Mazurkiewicz of Lawrenceville, Georgia was named the Valedictorian of the graduating class.
Landscape Architect and short-term missionary, Eric Taylor served as this year’s commencement speaker.
Taylor, the founder and CEO of MorganTaylor Designs, is also an outdoor adventurist, having climbed the 14,000-feet peaks of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Rainier, and submitted Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at 19,341 feet.
Taylor shared about an encounter with the Lord as he prepared to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro that changed the way he lived his life and showed him how important it is to be career focused and others-oriented.
“People over projects,” he said. “As I’ve run my race, I’ve learned that the things of this world are necessary, but they’re catalysts that allow me to say yes to the people in my life and invest in them. Learning how to invest in people is a way to take a dollar and transition it to an eternal thing.”
He then gifted the graduates a bookmark and gave them the same challenge the Lord shared with him…stop closing His word.
“I don’t know where your Bible is right now, but I want you to find it, take it off the shelf and open it,” he said. “Leave it open on your nightstand, your countertop – don’t put it back on the shelf. Mark the place where you are with your bookmark and leave it open so it can impact your life.”
Congratulations to the Class of 2022!