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Baccalaureate & Commencement


Bethel College 2016 graduation ceremonies take place Sunday, May 22, 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, Luci Johnson, and food service director, Nolan Corne with Aladdin Food Service. Advance reservations and payments are required. Graduate’s meal complimentary.

Class Photo

All senior graduates report to the Administration Building steps in cap and gown at 2:45 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 21 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 the Thresher Shop. Graduation announcements can be ordered through CB Announcement by visiting or by calling 800-433-0296. Order forms are also available in the Thresher Shop.

Baccalaureate and Commencement photos by Vada Snider will be available online.

Baccalaureate and Commencement will be recorded. DVDs can be ordered through the Thresher Shop or by downloading an order form. The DVD can be picked up at the Thresher Shop, or for an additional fee, it will be mailed to the address provided, approximately 4 weeks after graduation. Video of both ceremonies will also be posted on the Bethel website for viewing.

2016 Commencement Speaker

To be announced

2016 Senior Celebration Weekend Events

Friday, May 20
5 p.m. Senior graduation 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. By invitation only.
7 p.m. Senior Art Exhibit and Reception, Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
Saturday, May 21
10 a.m. Mandatory graduation rehearsal for all senior graduates at Thresher Stadium.
Due to today’s weather, rehearsal will be held in Memorial hall.
11 a.m. Outdoor luncheon for senior graduates and families hosted by President White and Dalene White on the lawn of Goerz House. Graduate’s meal covered by President’s Office. Advance reservation and payment required. Attendance is optional.
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 hosted by the Office of Student Life in the Cafeteria, located in the Schultz Student Center. There is no charge to attend.
Sunday, May 17
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. Graduate meal complimentary. Attendance optional.
2:45 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. Also in case of inclement weather, relocation decisions will be made by 1 p.m. and notification placed on the website.

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