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On Monday, May 6, Bethel College officially began operating as Bethel University. The transition has been more than a year in the making, since the Bethel College Board of Trustees voted to change the name in April 2018.

This year, more than 415 students plan to participate in Bethel College’s two commencement ceremonies, which will be held Saturday, May 4, in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Bethel’s campus. This will be the last class to graduate from Bethel College before we become Bethel University on May 6. The 10 a.m. commencement includes adult programs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion and graduate programs. The 5 p.m. commencement includes all traditional undergraduate programs, Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

The Bethel College Center for Academic Success is helping students relieve some stress during finals week by providing a variety of activities, including having some “kitten therapy” courtesy of Pet Refuge. Other activities include shoulder massages, coloring, journaling, a bubble wrap wall and free popcorn.

Bethel College will host a Give Back Gala May 11 at 5:30 p.m., in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Bethel’s campus. Keynote speaker Steve Arterburn, best-selling author of "Every Man's Battle" and "The Book of Life Recovery," will share a message focused on the theme of mental and spiritual wellness. Seven-time Grammy-nominated musical guest Natalie Grant will present an acoustic concert at the event.

Bethel College will launch three new on-ground programs and three online programs in Fall 2019. These include Computer Sciences, Business Marketing and English as a New Language on-ground, and Cyber Security, Business Marketing and a Master’s in Sport Administration online.

Bethel College will present the War & Peace event, with a Film Screening April 3 at 7:30 p.m., and a Music Concert April 6 at 7:30 p.m., with access to an Art Exhibit prior to the concert. Both the Film Screening and Music Concert will take place in the Everest-Rohrer Fine Arts Center-Auditorium; the Art Exhibit will take placed in the Weaver Art Gallery, all on Bethel’s campus. This project is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Cost for each venue varies.

Bethel College will host a career and internship fair, sponsored by 1st Source Bank and Dungarvin, on Wed., March 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Bethel’s campus. Representatives from more than 100 employers in a variety of industries – including Patrick Industries, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, Bashor Children’s Home, Beacon Health System, and St. Joseph Health System, among many others – will be on hand to talk about available jobs and internships in fields ranging from manufacturing to health care.