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Baccalaureate & Commencement


Bethel College 2014 graduation ceremonies take place Sunday, May 18, on the Bethel College Campus.

The Baccalaureate ceremony starts at 10 a.m., with musical selections by seniors, and worship beginning at 10:30 a.m. Services will be taking place at Bethel College Mennonite Church. For Baccalaureate, graduates do not need to wear their graduation robes, and they are welcome to sit with their families.

Commencement Lunch

Following baccalaureate, graduates, family members, and guests are invited to a commencement lunch from 12–1:30 pm in Schultz Student Center. The meal will be prepared by our executive chef, Trinity Homewood, and food service director, Nolan Corne with Aladdin Food Service. Advance reservations and payments are required. Graduates’ meal complimentary.

Download the registration form.

Class Photo

All senior graduates report to the Administration Building steps in cap and gown at 3 p.m. for a class photo. After the photo, seniors proceed to the Luyken Fine Arts Center to assemble and prepare for the commencement procession. All senior graduates required to attend. In case of inclement weather, the photo will be taken in Krehbiel Auditorium


The formal commencement ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. at Thresher Stadium. Both the baccalaureate service and the commencement ceremony are open to the public. In case of inclement weather, commencement will take place in Memorial Hall located on campus. Commencement guests are welcome to park in the Thresher Stadium parking lot. The gates to the stadium will open at 3 p.m. for general seating.

Commencement rehearsal for graduates will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 10–11 a.m. at Thresher Stadium. More details will be sent from the Registrar’s Office through campus mail at a later date.

President White, faculty, graduates, and designated others will begin the Commencement ceremony with the traditional Walk Around The Green. Commencement guests are invited directly to Thresher Stadium for the ceremony.

Graduation robes, caps and tassels can be ordered through Thresher Bookstore. Graduation announcements can be ordered through CB Announcement by visiting or by calling 800-433-0296. Order forms are also available in Thresher Bookstore.

Baccalaureate and commencement photos will be available at Downloads will be available for a nominal fee or you can order prints from

Baccalaureate and commencement will be recorded. DVDs can be ordered through Thresher Bookstore or by downloading an order form. The DVD can be picked up at the bookstore or, for an additional fee, it will be mailed to the address provided, approximately 2 to 3 weeks after graduation. Video of both ceremonies will also be posted on the Bethel website for viewing.

Dale SchragSchrag will wind up 30 years at Bethel with commencement address

North Newton, Kan. – Few members of the Bethel College campus community need an introduction to the 2014 commencement speaker.

Dale R. Schrag, campus pastor and director of church relations, will retire at the end of the school year, wrapping up 30 years in which he served as director of libraries (1984-92) and director of marketing and church relations (1992-97) in addition to his current assignments.

And that’s not even counting the four years he spent as at Bethel as a student, 1965-69, where he completed a B.A. in history with education licensure.

He will speak to the 2014 graduates during commencement ceremonies May 18 in Thresher Stadium (alternate location in case of inclement weather is Memorial Hall).

After spending two years working for a community organization in Arvada, Colo., under the auspices of Mennonite Voluntary Service, Schrag earned a master’s degree in library science at Indiana University, Bloomington.

He was an instructor and assistant professor, and held several different library positions, at Wichita State University, 1975-84. He completed an M.A. in history at WSU in 1984.

As a scholar of history, Schrag’s primary topic is the Dutch Renaissance theologian Erasmus, about whom Schrag has written frequently. He is the co-author, with Erika Rummel, of “The Erasmus Collection in the Herzog August Bibliotek” (2004).

Several generations of Bethel students know Schrag as the director of the convocation series and for giving speakers carefully researched, thoughtful introductions. Others will remember with fondness his presence on countless Concert Choir spring break tours and for the detailed poems he would write recapping each tour.

Schrag served the General Conference Mennonite Church for several years as the staff person for its Higher Education Council.

He is also widely known in Mennonite circles for his presentations on church and Anabaptist history, often appearing in character as one of the early Anabaptist leaders such as Pilgram Marpeck, Michael Sattler or Menno Simons.

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Senior Celebration Weekend Events

Friday, May 16, 2014
5 p.m. Senior graduate party in the atrium of the James A. Will Family Academic Center.
Special meal for all senior graduates and senior gift provided by the Student Alumni Association.
7 p.m. Senior Art Exhibit and Reception, Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m. Mandatory graduation rehearsal for all senior graduates at Thresher Stadium.
In case of inclement weather, rehearsal will be held in Memorial hall.
11 a.m. Senior graduates and their families are invited to an outdoor luncheon hosted by President White and Dalene White in the lawn of Goerz House.
Advance reservation and payments required. Graduate meal complimentary. Attendance optional. In case of inclement weather, the luncheon will be in the cafeteria.
2 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center.
Family and friends of the nursing graduates are invited to attend. Reception following.
8 p.m. Senior graduates and their families are invited to an ice cream social on the College Green, hosted by Student Life
In case of inclement weather, the social will be held in the Cafeteria in Schultz Student Center.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
10 a.m. Baccalaureate ceremony, Bethel College Mennonite Church.
All are welcome to attend.
12 p.m. Commencement lunch, Cafeteria, Schultz Student Center.
Advance reservation and payment required.
3 p.m. Senior class photo, Administration Building steps.
All senior graduates required to attend. In case of inclement weather, the photo will be taken in Krehbiel Auditorium
4 p.m. Commencement, Thresher Stadium.
In case of inclement weather, commencement will take place in Memorial Hall