Graduation 2016

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Graduate Dinner

Fri., April 29, 6:30 p.m. Get details here.

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

Dick Foth


Dick Foth

Commencement Speaker

10 a.m. & 5 p.m. ceremonies

Bethel College is pleased to welcome Dick Foth, Ph.D., as the featured speaker for our sixty-ninth annual commencement exercises. Dick is a leadership coach and author who works with government and business leaders. With Jesus of Nazareth as the model, he invests his time encouraging individuals, privately, across the personal, social, religious and political lines that separate people from each other.

Dick spent most of his early career working with college students, pioneering a church adjacent to the University of Illinois in Urbana from 1966 to 1978, and from 1978 to 1992, serving as president of Bethany College in California. In 1993, he and his wife, Ruth, moved to Washington, D.C. They worked under the umbrella of the House and Senate Breakfast groups, who host the National Prayer Breakfast each February. The event is attended by more than 3,000 people from 150 nations.

Dick is also co-author of two books, “When the Giant Lies Down,” published in 1995 and co-authored with his wife, and “A Trip Around the Sun: Turning Your Everyday Life into the Adventure of a Lifetime,” released in May 2015 and co-authored with Mark Batterson. He and Ruth are working on another book, to be published in the summer of 2017.

Known as a storyteller, Dick, now based in northern Colorado, speaks at conferences, civic groups and churches on the theme of relationship building. He is a member of teaching teams at Timberline Church (Fort Collins, Colo.), National Community Church (Washington, D.C.), Willamette Christian Center (Eugene, Ore.) and Horizon Community Church (Tualatin, Ore.). He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Rescue: FREEDOM International, a unique effort engaging the ideas and resources of the corporate world in order to free women and children around the world who are held in sexual slavery.

Dick and Ruth have been married for 53 years and have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.

Saturday morning commencement

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

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Wiekamp Athletic Center

Saturday afternoon commencement

  • Traditional undergraduate programs
  • BSN
  • ADN

Saturday, April 30, 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 2016 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

Special arrangements needed?

Please contact Susan Williams 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 2016 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 Susan Williams.

Nurse Pinning

There will be a mandatory rehearsal for pinning prior to the service on Saturday, April 30. 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 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 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 2016 Commencement, please review this website. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate staff.

Student-only Information

Details on tickets, ordering caps and gowns, and more is on MyBethel. Please log in.