Graduation 2015

This year's commencement speaker is Bobb Biehl, president of Masterplanning Group International. He attended Bethel College from 1960-63, and graduated from Michigan State University (psychology major) in 1964. He also received a Master’s Degree (counseling) from Michigan State in 1966.


bobb biehlIn his work, Bobb is a proven "Behind the Scenes" leader. He mentors and supports leaders, providing clarity and practical wisdom to leadership and management teams. As an executive mentor, he has consulted with more than 500 clients and worked one-on-one with over 5,000 executives in large churches, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and government agencies.


For more than 31 years, Bobb served on the board of directors of Focus on the Family. He also was on the Jesus People / Hollywood Free Paper board for 25 years. Prior to starting Masterplanning Group, he was on the executive staff of World Vision International. While there, he designed and developed the Love Loaf program, which has raised millions of dollars worldwide. Bobb and his wife, Cheryl (Kimbel), have been married since 1964, and live in Scottsdale, Ariz. They have two adult children, two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Graduate Dinner


Friday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.


Please call 574.807.7619 if you have questions. Registration has closed.


Location: Gates Gymnasium in Wiekamp Athletic Center


Special thanks goes to our sponsor

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Commencement Preparations: Attention students

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 the rehearsal be conducted in Goodman Gymnasium. Signs will be posted directing graduates to Goodman if necessary.


Graduation Ceremonies

Saturday morning commencement

  • Adult programs
  • Organizational management
  • BSN completion
  • Graduate programs

Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.
Wiekamp Athletic Center

Saturday afternoon commencement

  • Traditional undergraduate programs
  • ADN

Saturday, May 2, 5 p.m.
Wiekamp Athletic Center


The processional will leave the Everest-Rohrer Fine Arts Center (weather permitting) at 9:50 a.m. and 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.


The 2015 commencement ceremony is a ticketed event. Tickets will be required to attend the ceremony. (Each student will be given eight tickets for friends and family. Tickets will be picked up at the graduation fair BY STUDENTS or in the Campus Store with the cap and gown. Tickets not picked up by April 29, will be redistributed. Please contact the Campus Store if you need to make arrangements to get your tickets after April 29.)


Commencement Ceremony Information

Hospitality tents

Hospitality tents will be set up on campus according to major departments. This will assist you in connecting with graduates and faculty following the ceremony.


Special arrangements needed?

Please contact Roxanne Thompson if there is an injury or disability that will require special accommodations at commencement.


Campus store hours

The campus store will be open Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday 8 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.


Student Questions?

Before contacting the college with questions about the 2015 Commencement, please review this website. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate staff.


Adult, OM, graduate programs, and BSN Completion students should contact Sara Silveus.


Students in Traditional and ADN should contact Roxanne Thompson.

Nurse Pinning

There will be a mandatory rehearsal for pinning prior to the service on Saturday, May 2. The pinning ceremony 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 at 1:15 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 at 574.807.7015.



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 after 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.



Before contacting the college with questions about the 2015 Commencement, please review this website. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate staff.