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Bethel College Baccalaureate Service and 130th Commencement

Bethel College’s 2023 graduation ceremonies take place Sunday, May 14, on the campus, 300 E. 27th St., North Newton, KS 67117(All times indicated are Central Daylight Time, CDT.)

Commencement rehearsal – Saturday, May 13

Commencement rehearsal for graduates will take place Saturday, May 13, from 10-11 a.m. Memorial Hall. The registrar’s office will send more details through campus mail at a later date.

Baccalaureate service – Sunday, May 14

Baccalaureate begins at 10 a.m. in Memorial Hall, 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 14

All graduates report to the Administration Building steps in cap and gown at 2:45 p.m. for a class photo. After the photo, graduates proceed to Luyken Fine Arts Center 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 14

The formal commencement ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall due to possible inclement weather. The closest lot to Memorial Hall is the stadium parking lot. Other options include the Kauffman Museum and Luyken Fine Arts Center parking lots.

Graduation robes, caps and tassels can be ordered and paid for through Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center. Order graduation announcements through CB Announcement online or by calling 800-433-0296. Order forms are also available in Thresher Shop.


A professional photographer 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 15.

2023 commencement speaker

Check back for updates.


Important dates for commencement 2023

Weekend of May 12
Saturday, May 13
10 a.m. Mandatory graduation rehearsal for all senior graduates, Memorial Hall.
11 a.m. Graduate Gathering, The Caf, Shultz Student Center. Graduates only. 
Special meal for all senior graduates, with presentation of senior gifts, sponsored by the Bethel College Alumni Association, Student Alumni Association, Student Life Office and President's Office.
2 p.m. Nurses Pinning Ceremony, Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
Sunday, May 14
10 a.m. Baccalaureate service, Memorial Hall
2:45 p.m. Senior class photo, Administration Building steps
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

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.