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Alumni Association

If you are a graduate or former student who earned 24 or more credit hours (usually done in one year), you are a member of the Alumni Association. Faculty with one year of service at Bethel are also members.

Since 1894, the Alumni Association has contributed to Bethel’s program and mission. Its purpose, as stated in the constitution, is to further the interests of Bethel College, to advance the cause of education and to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between the college and its alumni.

Bethel yearbooks online

Thanks to the Mennonite Library and Archives at the college, digital copies of Bethel yearbooks may be viewed online. A guide for using the yearbook site is available, if needed.

The collection may be sorted by “date published” — earliest to latest, or vice versa. Each online yearbook is accompanied by a “search inside” icon, to find names, events, topics or other text in the book selected.

Originally published as Echoes in 1908, 1911 and 1913, the yearbook was named the Graymaroon from 1915 through 1960, then changed to the Thresher.

No yearbooks were published before 1908, nor for the following school years:

  • 1908–09
  • 1909–10
  • 1913–14
  • 1915–16
  • 1908–09
  • 1909–10
  • 1913–14
  • 1915–16
  • 1917–18
  • 1921–22
  • 1923–24
  • 1925–26
  • 1927–28
  • 1929–30
  • 1931–32
  • 1932–33
  • 1934–35
  • 1936–37
  • 1938–39
  • 1939–40
  • 1940–41
  • 1971–72

Alumni Council and affiliate groups

An Alumni Association council (known as the Alumni Council) advises and assists the Office of Alumni Relations.

Several groups are under the Alumni Council. The African-American Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association each work closely with the Office of Alumni Relations on special programs and activities.

In addition, a Nursing Alumni Association and the Friends of Bethel College in Germany (Förderverein der Freunde des Bethel Colleges) support specific departments and enhance relationships among alumni.

Alumni mentor and scholarship programs

Through an Alumni Mentor Project, alumni in various professions interact with students as they explore academic majors and career paths.

The Alumni Association also supports two alumni scholarship funds through donations and a credit card affinity program.

For more information, contact the alumni office.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.