Class of 2020

73rd Commencement Ceremony

Friday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Wiekamp Athletic Center

Rehearsal in Everest-Rohrer and doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The Class of 2020 is historic and deserves to be celebrated!

Not only did you finish your education virtually and in a pandemic, but you were also the very first class of Bethel University. We want you to be the first class to process across campus and through the brand new Commencement Gate by the Welcome Center. And we want you to be the first class to be pronounced graduates of Bethel University.

On Friday, April 30, we will celebrate YOU!

Plan to join us for your commencement ceremony, visit campus and see faculty and classmates! The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m., so arrive at 5:30 p.m. at Everest-Rohrer for instructions and to line up. Two guests will be given tickets for admission, but you MUST register by April 9.

Registration is now closed. Please email if you are interested in attending.


What if I never received my cap and gown?

You can indicate that you need a replacement by filling out the RSVP form.

Who will be our speaker?

Alumna Heather Gilbert ’02, J.D., CI/CT, SC:L, will be the speaker for all three ceremonies (classes of 2020 and 2021).  Read more about Heather here

What should I bring to commencement?

Wear your gown, cap and tassel.  If you graduated with a master's degree, you will also want to wear your hood. And if you received an honors medallion or cords, please wear those.  Be sure that your guests bring their tickets. You do not need to bring your diploma unless you'd like it for pictures (a gift will be handed to you as you cross the stage).

Why only two guests?

Current county health department regulations require us to apply for permission to host a large gathering. At the time of application we are limited to 25% capacity in the gymnasium. Allowing each graduate to bring two guests will keep us to the 25% maximum capacity.