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Bethel University Announces COVID-19 Adjustments for Fall Academic Calendar

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 Give Back Gala to be Held Virtually

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.

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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.

Bethel University takes seriously the health, safety and well-being of our community members, and we are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Members of the BU Emergency Management Team are regularly reviewing information and recommendations from the CDC and Indiana and St. Joseph County Departments of Health. 

Join the Bethel University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo for an evening of jazz in a relaxed setting. The Jazz Coffeehouse Concert will be Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8 p.m., in the Bethel University Dining Commons.

Thursday, Feb. 27 is the annual Collegiate Day of Prayer in the United States, a day when corporate, organized prayer has taken place for almost 200 years. In honor of the day, the Bethel community will gather together in prayer and ask God for revival at Bethel and on campuses across the nation.