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Alumni Profiles – David Thiessen (CMU ’13)

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David Thiessen

This video features David Thiessen (CMU ’13) at In Gratitude, April 27, 2013, a CMU graduation weekend event at which class members share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

David Thiessen
Bachelor of Arts (4 year) Honours
Major: Biblical and Theological Studies

Video Production: Laura Tait and Thomas Krause, CMU Communications & Media Students (2013)

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Alumni Profiles – Daniel Bergman (CMU ’13)

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Daniel BergmanThis video features Daniel Bergman (CMU ’13) at In Gratitude, April 27, 2013, a CMU graduation weekend event at which class members share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

Performing Mit Myrten und Rosen (Schumann)

Daniel Bergman
Tenor
Bachelor of Music
Major: Music Education – Senior Years Instrumental

Accompanied by Graeme Leaver on piano.

Video Production: Laura Tait and Thomas Krause, CMU Communications & Media Students (2013)

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Alumni Profiles – Deanna Zantingh (CMU ’13)

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Deanna ZantinghThis video features Deanna Zantingh (CMU ’13) at In Gratitude, April 27, 2013, a CMU graduation weekend event at which class members share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

Deanna Zantingh
Bachelor of Arts (4 year)
Major: Peace & Conflict Transformation Studies

Video Production: Laura Tait and Thomas Krause, CMU Communications & Media Students (2013)

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Alumni Profiles – CMU Guitar Ensemble (CMU ’13)

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CMU Guitar EnsembleThis video features the CMU Guitar Ensemble performing Golliwogg’s Cakewalk (Claude Debussy) at In Gratitude, April 27, 2013, a CMU graduation weekend event at which class members share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

Guitar Ensemble Members:
– Dale Thiessen (Bachelor of Muisc, Music Education – Senior Years Choral)
– Thomas Krause (4-year Bachelor of Arts, Communications & Media Major)
– George Dyck III (4-year Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics Major)
– Thomas Enns

Video Production: Laura Tait and Thomas Krause, CMU Communications & Media Students (2013)

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Alumni Profiles – Courtney Dugan and Erin Barkwell (CMU ’13)

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Courtney Dugan and Erin Barkwell This video features Courtney Dugan (CMU ’13) and Erin Barkwell (CMU ’13) at In Gratitude, April 27, 2013, a CMU graduation weekend event at which class members share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

Performing For Good from Wicked (Schwartz):

Courtney Dugan
Mezzo soprano
Bachelor of Arts (4 year)
Major: Music

Erin Barkwell
Soprano
Bachelor of Arts (4 year)
Major: Music

Accompanied by Rebecca Klassen-Wiebe on piano.

Video Production: Laura Tait and Thomas Krause, CMU Communications & Media Students (2013)

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Alumni Profiles – Kay Choi (CMU ’13)

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Kay ChoiThis video features Kay Choi (CMU ’13) performing Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso Op. 14 at In Gratitude, April 27, 2013, a CMU graduation weekend event at which class members share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

Kay Choi
Bachelor of Music Therapy

Video Production: Laura Tait and Thomas Krause, CMU Communications & Media Students (2013)

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Alumni Profiles – Matthew Veith (CMU ’13)

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Matthew VeithThis video features Matthew Veith (CMU ’13) at In Gratitude, April 27, 2013, a CMU graduation weekend event at which class members share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

Matthew Veith
Bachelor of Arts (4 year)
Majors: Communications & Media

Video Production: Laura Tait and Thomas Krause, CMU Communications & Media Students (2013)

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Alumni Profiles – Rachel Davey (CMU ’13)

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Rachel DaveyThis video features Rachel Davey (CMU ’13) at In Gratitude, April 27, 2013, a CMU graduation weekend event at which class members share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

Rachel Davey
Bachelor of Arts (4 year)
Majors: Psychology

Video Production: Laura Tait and Thomas Krause, CMU Communications & Media Students (2013)

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Alumni Profiles – David Epp (CMU ’13)

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 David EppThis video features David Epp (CMU ’13) at In Gratitude, April 27, 2013, a CMU graduation weekend event at which class members share their experiences through spoken word or musical performance. The event brings together family members, graduates, students, faculty, and staff.

David Epp
Bachelor of Arts (4 year)
Majors: History, Biblical and Theological Studies

Video Production: Laura Tait and Thomas Krause, CMU Communications & Media Students (2013)

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CMU Celebrates Class of 2013

Dr. Cheryl Pauls awards 95 degrees, two certificates during first Graduation Service as CMU’s president

Winnipeg, April 29, 2013 – Canadian Mennonite University recognized the accomplishments of its students this past weekend, awarding degrees to 95 graduates and presenting program certificates to two recipients during its 2013 Graduation Exercises.

The event, held on Sunday afternoon, April 28, at Immanuel Pentecostal Church, was the culmination of a weekend filled with reflection, laughter, and tears as graduates and families enjoyed times of sharing through stories, songs, presentations, and meals along with CMU faculty, staff, and current students.

CMU President Pauls addresses the graduating class of 2013 at Immanuel Pentecostal Church
CMU President Pauls addresses the graduating class of 2013 at Immanuel Pentecostal Church

Presiding over graduation ceremonies for the first time, Dr. Cheryl Pauls—who became President of CMU this past November—welcomed everyone to the event by saying CMU faculty and staff felt honoured to celebrate the graduates’ achievements.

“These are people who have blessed us with their stories and insights, their passion and inventiveness,” she said. “These are people whose imaginations for new possibilities, and faithfulness as citizens of God’s world, have been growing at much the same rate. For all of these things, we are grateful to God.”

Raya Cornelsen (BA, Four-Year, Mathematics Major) gave the Valedictory Address, speaking about conversation as “the greatest catalyst for change and personal or professional development,” and elaborating that CMU has helped each graduate hone their conversation skills.

She encouraged her fellow graduates to keep having conversations that include reflection, engagement, vulnerability, and excitement.

Raya Cornelsen delivers her Valedictory Address; "We are the voices—the pastors, the teachers, the counsellors, the leaders, and yes, even the baristas—who will carry on the least and the greatest conversations that this world has ever known.”
Raya Cornelsen delivers her Valedictory Address; “We are the voices—the pastors, the teachers, the counsellors, the leaders, and yes, even the baristas—who will carry on the least and the greatest conversations that this world has ever known.”

“As we leave CMU today, we cannot cut off and lock away all that we have learned, experienced, and want to share,” she said. “We are the voices—the pastors, the teachers, the counsellors, the leaders, and yes, even the baristas—who will carry on the least and the greatest conversations that this world has ever known.”

Dr. Reg Litz, a professor at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, delivered the Graduation Address. Litz encouraged graduates to “think small”—tackle large problems by breaking them into little pieces, and then get one small thing done at a time. This builds momentum that eventually will help get big things done.

This way of thinking will help graduates as they face a world where things like global warming, fiscal deficits, and political instability are realities.

“We do have some big problems—after all, this is a fallen world,” Litz said. “But that said, we are not alone, and our choices matter.”

“Small wins before a big God are still wins that matter,” he added, before congratulating the graduates for their achievements.

“I encourage you to build on the foundation CMU has helped you lay,” Litz said. “I believe that as you look and act, He who calls you will help you find [the] way.”

CMU President Pauls with 2013 President’s Medal winners Nicole Richard and David Thiessen
CMU President Pauls with 2013 President’s Medal winners Nicole Richard and David Thiessen

In addition to conferring 95 degrees and two certificates, Pauls also awarded President’s Medals to Nicole Richard (Bachelor of Music Therapy) and David Thiessen (BA, Four-Year Honours, Biblical and Theological Studies Major) in recognition of their qualities of scholarship, leadership, and service.

The April 28 Graduation Service was the culmination of a number of other events that made the weekend special for graduates and their families, as well as for current students and visitors. These included a gala dinner Friday, April 26, CMU’s annual In Gratitude presentation and Spring Concert on Saturday, April 27, and the Baccalaureate Service the morning of April 28.