Commencement 2019

10:00 a.m. ceremony

 
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5 p.m. Ceremony

Join us for the 72nd Commencement of Bethel College on May 4, 2019.

Weekend Events

Festivities begin Friday night, May 3 with Party at the Ponds and conclude with traditional commencement ceremonies Saturday evening, May 4.

Questions?

Before contacting the college with questions about the 2019 Commencement, please review this website. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate staff.
  • MSN Graduate programs and BSN Completion students should contact Sara Silveus
  • Students in Traditional BSN and ADN should contact Jeanne Fox.

Party at the Ponds

The Alumni Association celebrates the Class of 2019 with a Party at the Ponds on Friday, May 3.  We will have a cookout, activities around the pond, and end with a time of prayer together.  Invitations will be mailed to graduating seniors in the spring.

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Commencement Preparations

Rehearsal
Rehearsal will begin at 9 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 4 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony (BE ON TIME) the day of commencement in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium. Please be there promptly so that we are able to prepare well for the ceremony. It is critical that you arrive on time.
 
Commencement line-up
We will prepare for the processional during rehearsal and will begin to march from the Auditorium. Do not be late for rehearsal. Students who are not in the auditorium prior to the commencement line-up will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.
 
Inclement weather
Bad weather may dictate that we conduct rehearsal in Goodman Gymnasium. Signs will be posted directing graduates to Goodman if necessary.

Saturday Morning Ceremony

SATURDAY MORNING COMMENCEMENT
  • Adult programs
  • BSN completion
  • Graduate programs
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.
Wiekamp Athletic Center
 
The processional will leave the Everest-Rohrer Fine Arts Center (weather permitting) at 9:50 a.m.  Guests not seated by 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. will be held until the entire processional has entered Wiekamp Athletic Center.  Please, tell your guests to arrive early to find parking and seating.

Questions?

Before contacting the college with questions about the 2019 Commencement, please review this website. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate staff.
  • Adult, BSN Completion, and Graduate programs students should contact Sara Silveus
  • Students in Traditional and ADN should contact Susan Williams.

Saturday Afternoon Ceremony

SATURDAY AFTERNOON COMMENCEMENT
  • Traditional undergraduate programs
  • BSN
  • ADN
Saturday, May 4, 5 p.m.
Wiekamp Athletic Center
 
The processional will leave the Everest-Rohrer Fine Arts Center (weather permitting) at 4:50 p.m. Guests not seated by 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. will be held until the entire processional has entered Wiekamp Athletic Center.  Please, tell your guests to arrive early to find parking and seating.

Questions?

Before contacting the college with questions about the 2019 Commencement, please review this website. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate staff.
  • Adult, BSN Completion, and Graduate programs students should contact Sara Silveus
  • Students in Traditional and ADN should contact Susan Williams.

Nurse Pinning

PINNING REHEARSAL

There will be a mandatory rehearsal for pinning prior to the service on Saturday, May 4. It will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer auditorium. You must be present to help the service go smoothly. Those with speaking or singing parts are asked to arrive by 12:30 p.m., for a sound check.
 

DRESS FOR THE PINNING CEREMONY

Professional dress is required for all graduates. Dress as if you were dressing for a job interview. Suits or dress pants and dress shirts are appropriate. Professional pantsuits are also acceptable. For ladies, high heels should be avoided since you must walk across the stage. Tops that are sleeveless, have spaghetti straps, or are low cut are not professional and are not to be worn.
 

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND

Since graduates are individually recognized in this ceremony, if you cannot attend, please contact Deborah Gillum.
 

PICTURES

Pictures are not to be taken during Pinning, but there will be ample opportunity afterwards to have a repeat on each individual being pinned. There will also be some group photo opportunities immediately following the service, e.g. entire group of graduates, Grace students, etc. Please speak with Deborah Gillum if you would like a special group photo to be taken. Family is also welcome to take pictures at that time.
 

ABOUT THE NURSING PIN

The pin has three symbols that represent nursing at Bethel College. The pin also states the degree received with a white pin representing the ADN degree, a blue pin for the BSN degree, and a gold pin for the MSN degree.
 
The Helm: This symbolizes the Bethel College belief that God is at the helm of the ship of life and can assist the graduate through uncharted waters.
The Lamp: This represents the vision of the Bethel College graduate nurse in bringing support and comfort to those in darkness.
The Shield: This represents the shield of knowledge that enables the Bethel College graduate nurse to provide safe care to clients.
 
The Pin Guard-Pin guards are an optional accessory graduates can attach to their pin to provide safety and to further represent the degree that has been received. You can order these on the form you have been provided with.

Questions?

Before contacting the college with questions about the 2019 Commencement, please review this website. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate staff.
  • MSN Graduate programs and BSN Completion students should contact Sara Silveus
  • Students in Traditional BSN and ADN should contact Jeanne Fox.

For Graduates

Visit My.BethelCollege.edu for full details from the Registrar, Office of Student Financial Services, Graduating with Honors, name pronunciation, diploma, cap and gowns.

For Guests

A live stream of the day's ceremonies will be made available here.

Details

TICKETS
The 2019 commencement ceremony is a ticketed event. Tickets will be required to attend the ceremony. Each graduate will receive eight tickets. (Each student will be given eight tickets for friends and family. Tickets will be picked up at the Grad Fair BY STUDENTS or in the Campus Store with the cap and gown. Tickets not picked up by April 30 will be redistributed. Please contact the Campus Store if you need to make arrangements to get your tickets after April 30.)
SEATING
Reserved seating is not available for graduation guests.  There is seating in chairs on the floor (both behind the graduates and beside some of the bleacher) for those unable to manage the bleachers.  Floor seating does fill up quickly, so we suggest arriving about 1 hour prior to ceremony start time.  If you need assistance, find an usher.  Ushers can assist with moving chairs for wheelchairs, walkers, etc.
 
Seating is also available in Sufficient Grounds Coffee House and Campus Store, where the ceremony will be shown via livestream.
SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS NEEDED?
Please contact Susan Williams via email if there is an injury or disability that will require special accommodations at commencement.
CAMPUS STORE HOURS
The Campus Store will be open Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. during commencement weekend. The store will have an extensive inventory of Bethel apparel as well as very attractive diploma frames with mat.