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Goshen College president James Brenneman hands out diplomas. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth)

Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth)

Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Goshen College president James Brenneman speaks at the ceremony. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth)

Joyce Bontrager Lehman delivers the commencement address. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Audience members clap for graduates. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Goshen College president James Brenneman hands out diplomas. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth)

Graduates sign the college book after receiving their diplomas in a century-old tradition. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Goshen College president James Brenneman hands out diplomas. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth)

Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Faculty join in singing a hymn. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth)

Faculty and family members congratulate graduates after the ceremony. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Lisa Myers receives her master's degree hood. Goshen College graduated about 240 students in its 116th commencement on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Goshen. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Goshen College class of 2014 celebrates graduation on Sunday
Posted on April 27, 2014 at 6:45 p.m.

GOSHEN — Goshen College’s class of 2014 went out with a bang with 225 students earning undergraduate diplomas and 18 students walking away with master’s degrees Sunday, April 27.

Commencement speaker Joyce Bontrager Lehman encouraged the new graduates to go forward with passion, courage and, most of all, patience when making important life decisions. Lehman is a former Goshen College business professor who has worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Mennonite Economic Development Associates. Lehman serves as an independent technical adviser to donor organizations that fund projects with a focus on financial inclusion.

“When the time is right, you can commit to be bold,” she told the grads. “And sometimes the commitment is only a commitment to put yourself in a position where you are able to move forward, where you are able to take an opportunity that has come your way, an opportunity that may not have occurred to you before.”

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