Commencement 2021

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

Commencement Livestream Archive

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.

Masked admission staff and faculty greet 2019 graduates who didn't get a traditional commencement.

Friday, April 30:
Rescheduled Ceremony for 2020 Graduates

6:30 p.m., Ceremony
in Wiekamp Gymnasium

  • December 2019 Graduates
  • May 2020 Graduates
  • August 2020 Graduates

5:30 p.m., Rehearsal in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium

Please be on time! The graduates will begin the traditional walk through campus from the Everest Rohrer Auditorium to the Wiekamp Gymnasium.You must RSVP if you plan to attend!

Saturday, May 1, Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

10 a.m. Ceremony
in Wiekamp Gymnasium

  • Adult and Graduate Studies
  • Masters programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion

9 a.m. Rehearsal in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium

Please be on time! The graduates will begin the traditional walk through campus from the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium to the Wiekamp Gymnasium.

Please RSVP to Janet Praklet in the Adult & Graduate Studies Office at 574.807.7678 orJanet.Praklet@BethelUniversity.edu.
 

5 p.m. Ceremony
in Wiekamp Gymnasium

  • Traditional Undergraduate programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

4 p.m. Rehearsal in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium

Please be on time! The graduates will begin the traditional walk through campus from the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium to the Wiekamp Gymnasium.

 

Nursing Pinning

Nursing pinning is planned for May 1, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium. Details below.

Details for Graduates and Guests

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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.

Heather Gilbert '02