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Bethel University Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction

Bethel University is one of 10 Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction, and one of 62 schools in the nation to be named a Christian College of Distinction. This honor is given to colleges and universities that excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Bethel University’s 73rd Commencement Canceled Due to Indiana’s Extended Restrictions

Due to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s decision to extend the state’s Stage 4.5 reopening plan, including the restriction of in-person gatherings to less than 250 people, Bethel University regrets to announce that the rescheduled 2020 commencement ceremony will be canceled. In April, the university announced that a ceremony would be held on Aug. 16, in place of the originally scheduled May 2 ceremony.

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Bethel University is one of 10 Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction, and one of 62 schools in the nation to be named a Christian College of Distinction. This honor is given to colleges and universities that excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Due to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s decision to extend the state’s Stage 4.5 reopening plan, including the restriction of in-person gatherings to less than 250 people, Bethel University regrets to announce that the rescheduled 2020 commencement ceremony will be canceled. In April, the university announced that a ceremony would be held on Aug. 16, in place of the originally scheduled May 2 ceremony.

Bethel University announces changes to the fall semester academic calendar for traditional students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For traditional students only, the semester will begin two days early (on Aug. 18) and will run, with no breaks, until Thanksgiving break. Read the full release for more details.

Bethel University will hold its third annual Give Back Gala on July 17, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., as a virtual event and simulcast, with JC Watts as the keynote speaker. Watts – a former congressman, ordained minister, CNN contributor and professional athlete – is a visionary conservative leader whose concerns encompass the health and welfare of people around the world.

Bethel University has added a graduate level leadership program in business to supplement the existing MBA program. This new program, the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MLED), emphasizes qualitative business disciplines rather than the quantitative components of accounting, economics and finance found in the MBA. The MLED is a professional degree for people involved in management and leadership.

Bethel University announces that it plans to resume residential, face-to-face classes in August, and is investing significant human and financial resources to accommodate COVID-19-related scenarios that could emerge. A spectrum of options will allow the university to make adjustments based on real-time information from federal, state and local authorities.

Bethel University students enrolled in on-ground (not fully online) undergraduate or graduate programs are now able to apply for a grant to assist with financial hardships they and their families have experienced as a result of COVID-19.

Bethel University's 73rd Commencement Ceremony is set to take place on Aug. 16 at 2 p.m., in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Bethel’s campus. This will be the first class to graduate from Bethel University since the university’s name change in May 2019. The combined ceremony will include traditional undergraduate, adult and graduate programs.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the decision for all classes to remain online through the end of the spring semester, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This decision was not made lightly, and we grieve with students, faculty and staff over the loss of the on-campus experience.