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EMU announces ten Cords of Distinction honorees

Eastern Mennonite UniversityTen graduating EMU seniors are the 2020 Cords of Distinction recipients. They will wear blue and gold cords signifying their achievement during the 2020 Commencement, tentatively scheduled for fall 2020.

More details will posted at the Commencement website when available.

Faculty, staff and fellow students nominated the recipients, who were cited for their “significant and verifiable impact” on the university and on student life; for their contributions to developing the institution’s positive image; for substantial contributions to the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County area and beyond; for their high academic and social standing; and their embodiment of EMU’s shared values of Christian discipleship, community, service and peacebuilding.

The cords are blue and gold. Blue represents strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution or community. Gold represents the love of spirit and yearning toward creating a better university environment or community.

2020 Cords of Distinction recipients

  • Lindsay Acker, a peacebuilding and development major with a minor in Honors, from Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Ariel Barbosa, a Bible, religion, & theology and sociology double-major with minors in Honors and interfaith studies from Baltimore, Md.
  • Kiara Kiah, a music performance and social work major from Portsmouth
  • Donaldo Lleshi, a biology and pre-med major from Lezhe, Albania
  • Cheyenne Marzullo, a business administration major with minors in psychology and political studies from Shippensburg, Pa.
  • Gabby McMillon, a peacebuilding and development major with minors in Honors and sociology from Virginia
  • Justin Odom, a political science and Biblical studies double-major with a minor in music performance from Williamsburg
  • Emily Powell, a global development major from Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Abigail Shelly, a liberal arts, education K-12 major with a minor in TESOL, from Collinsville, Miss.
  • Leah Wenger, a psychology and vocal performance double-major with a minor in Honors from Linville