Bethel College 1966 and 2016 Graduates Hold Groundbreaking for Class Gift

Lissa Diaz
Bethel College’s graduating class raised money to create a prayer garden on campus. The 50-year reunion class of 1966 joined in the fundraising efforts to make this a combined gift from both classes, a tradition for Bethel alumni. A groundbreaking for the prayer garden will take place outdoors near the Sailor Residential Center on Saturday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m., as part of Bethel’s graduation weekend.

“This tradition is a way to connect our alumni across the decades,” says Alumni Director Emily Sherwood. “It also serves as a reminder of the importance of alumni support in sustaining a vibrant campus for future Bethel graduates.”

The class of 1966 will also don caps and gowns and lead the 2016 graduates in the traditional procession through campus and into the Wiekamp Athletic Center at the start of the 5 p.m. commencement ceremony for undergraduate students. 

“Having the 50-year graduates lead the procession is a way of honoring their contribution to our community, and for our new alumni to recognize the generations of alumni who have gone before them,” says Sherwood.

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