The 74th Commencement Ceremonies of Bethel University are scheduled!
Join us Saturday, May 1, for in-person events*, at:
- 10 a.m. for Adult and Graduate students
- 1:30 p.m. Nurse Pinning Ceremony
- 5 p.m. for Traditional Undergraduate students
Additionally, the Class of 2020 will be welcomed back to campus for a ceremony in their honor, Fri., April 30 at 6:30 p.m.
*Please review the Stronger Together page for complete information regarding safety precautions during the pandemic.
All Events will be livestreamed from the home page
Find all previously held ceremonies here.
Commencement 2021 and Celebrating the Class of 2020
In-person* commencement ceremonies are planned for May 1 for the class of 2021, and April 30 for the class of 2020. COVID-19 precautions, including face coverings and physical distancing, will be observed throughout the ceremonies. All seating is reserved to facilitate contact tracing.
All commencement ceremonies are ticketed events with assigned seating to observe St. Joseph County Health Department guidance and facilitate contact tracing (see Tickets below for more detail). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, each graduate will be provided two guest tickets only. Guest tickets will be for reserved seating with 6 feet of distance between family groups. Guests will be seated next to their graduate for the ceremony. No additional tickets will be available. Graduates can pick up their tickets in the Campus Store beginning April 15.
*Plans are pending official approval from the St. Joseph County Health Department. Please check back for more detailed information as it becomes available.
About the Speaker
The speaker for all ceremonies will be alumna Heather Gilbert ’02, J.D., CI/CT, SC:L. Gilbert is the President and Managing Attorney of Gilbert Law PLLC. She is a Plaintiff’s attorney representing individuals of protected classes, primarily deaf and hard of hearing individuals, with discrimination claims against employers, public accommodations, government entities, and/or other entities. Through her work and the courage of her brave clients, Gilbert’s cases have established landmark advances at the federal level for persons with disabilities. Gilbert also has a thriving and growing estate planning practice for preparing trusts, wills, powers of attorneys and health care directives.
Prior to practicing law, Gilbert worked as a certified sign language interpreter in various capacities but primarily in the legal field and for state and federal courts. In addition to practicing law, Gilbert is an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline teaching in the Expert Witness Academy, Advanced Advocacy, Transactions and Settlements, Deals and Dispute Resolution, and Lawyer as Business Owner. She is a frequent presenter for attorney continuing education on topics including employment law, Americans With Disabilities Act, representing deaf clients, and law practice management. Gilbert achieved the Super Lawyers Rising Star each year from 2014 to present and serves on the Ramsey County Bar Association Board of Directors. Gilbert recently pioneered MasterMind Lawyers, a coaching and accountability collaboration advancing solo and small firm practice. While there is not always a lot of free time for Gilbert, you may spot her, every once in a while, in a musical theater production. Gilbert resides in St. Paul, Minn., with her husband Daniel Gilbert and their three school-aged children.