Bethel College Holds 59th Annual Commencement Ceremonies

Bethel's two commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2006, at 2:30 p.m. in Wiekamp Athletic Center.

The ceremony on Saturday, April 29 is for all of the adult program majors, the organizational management graduates and the associate and bachelor degree graduates in nursing and nursing completion. Approximately 200 students will graduate. The speaker is Sue Morey, a distinguished member of the Bethel College board of trustees. Mrs. Morey was appointed to the board of trustees in 1998 and currently chairs its student development committee. She is a member of the Healthy Church Initiative Team of the Missionary Church, as well as the Crisis Response Team.

All of the graduates with traditional degrees, including the associate and bachelor of arts degrees, as well as the graduates of Bethel's master's degree programs are being honored at the commencement ceremony on Sunday, April 30. Approximately 260 students will graduate. The speaker for the Sunday commencement is Dr. Earl Reimer, professor of English at Bethel College. A member of the faculty since 1961, he introduced drama into the Bethel curriculum and guided its growth from a single class to a thriving theatre arts program. A renowned playwright and director, Dr. Reimer has published 25 plays, which are performed around the world. His credits as a director include more than 100 productions at the collegiate, church, community and professional levels. Many of his works premiered as Bethel College productions. He directed Bethel's Genesians Traveling Drama Troupe for 30 years and wrote much of the material for the troupe, which has performed more than 1,000 shows throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Reimer also started the Bethel College Dessert Theatre, an annual midsummer production that plays to sellout audiences.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 20 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.