Student spotlight: Royale Parker, ’26 Eastern Mennonite University


Royale Parker is a sophomore business and psychology major from Southern California. “Studying psychology will help me better understand my customers and deliver what they want,” she said.

Why they LovEMU: Royale Parker ’26 found the perfect match as a Royal

by Ryan Cornell for Eastern Mennonite University and available here

Editor’s Note: This profile is the first of six about students and alumni leading up to LovEMU Giving Day on April 10. For more information about the day and to donate, visit  

Royale Parker ’26 hadn’t set foot on EMU’s campus before move-in day. In fact, the Southern California native hadn’t even heard of the school until her high school guidance counselor suggested it. The more she learned about EMU, the more she felt she belonged as a Royal. And, it wasn’t just her first name that felt like a perfect match.

While other schools she contacted seemed to ignore her, she said members of the EMU undergrad admissions team were quick to answer her questions and welcome her with open arms.  

“I was looking for a school where students felt valued,” she said. “That’s what I got from EMU.”

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