Bethel College

Bethel College Baccalaureate Service and 131st Commencement

Graduation photos are now available!

Bethel College’s 2024 graduation ceremonies will take place Sunday, May 12, at 4 p.m. on campus.

Bethel College
300 E. 27th St.
North Newton, KS 67117
Tel: 316-283-2500 or 800-522-1887

Bethel College campus map

Where we are located

Parking areas are designated on the map by a “P” which includes the Thresher Stadium parking lot, Kauffman Museum and Luyken Fine Arts Center (#20 on map).

(All times indicated are Central Daylight Time, CDT.)

Commencement rehearsal – Saturday, May 11

Commencement rehearsal for graduates will take place Saturday, May 11, from 10-11 a.m. in Memorial Hall (#24 on map). The registrar’s office will send more details to graduates through campus mail at a later date.

Baccalaureate service – Sunday, May 12

Baccalaureate begins at 10 a.m. in Memorial Hall (#24 on map), with worship, music and other content selected by a committee of seniors. Graduates do not need to wear their graduation robes, and are welcome to sit with their families.

Class photo – Sunday, May 12

All graduates report to the Administration Building steps (#1 on map) in cap and gown at 2:45 p.m. for a class photo. After the photo, graduates proceed to Luyken Fine Arts Center (#20 on map) to assemble and prepare for the commencement procession. All senior graduates are required to attend. Graduates will receive inclement weather plans from the registrar’s office. 

Commencement – Sunday, May 12

The formal commencement ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall (#24 on map). The closest parking lot to Memorial Hall is the stadium parking lot. Other options include the Kauffman Museum and Luyken Fine Arts Center (#20 on map) parking lots.

Graduation robes, caps and tassels can be ordered and paid for through Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center (#30 on map). The Thresher Shop will send out an email to graduates with more details. Order graduation announcements through CB Announcement online or by calling 800-433-0296. Order forms are also available in Thresher Shop.


Photographer Jim Turner will be taking photos of graduates at baccalaureate and commencement, including graduates receiving their diplomas. These photos will be available to graduates and family members at no cost. A link will be provided as soon as possible after May 12.

2024 commencement speaker

Stacy Middleton, athletic operations director and Senior Women Leader, will speak on “Make today THE day.” Commencement press release.

Approximate travel times to Bethel campus

Wichita: 30 min.
Hutchinson: 30 min.
Salina: 1 hr.
Oklahoma City: 3 hrs.
Kansas City: 2.5-3.5 hrs.
Dallas-Fort Worth: 5-6 hrs.
Denver: 7-8.5 hrs.
Houston: 9-10 hrs.

Important dates for commencement 2024

Bethel College campus map

Weekend of May 10-12, 2024
Friday, May 10
7-9 p.m. Senior Art Exhibit & Reception, Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center (#20 on map)
Saturday, May 11
10 a.m. Mandatory graduation rehearsal for all senior graduates, Memorial Hall (#24 on map).
11 a.m. Graduate Gathering, The Caf, Schultz Student Center (#30 on map). Graduates only. 
Special meal for all senior graduates, with presentation of senior gifts, sponsored by the Bethel College Alumni Association, Student Alumni Association and President’s Office.
2 p.m. Nurses Pinning Ceremony, Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center (#20 on map)
Sunday, May 12
10 a.m. Baccalaureate service, Memorial Hall (#24 on map)
2:45 p.m. Senior class photo, Administration Building steps (#1 on map)
All graduates are required to attend. In case of inclement weather, the photo will be taken in Krehbiel Auditorium. 
4 p.m. Commencement, Memorial Hall (#24 on map)