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Bethel to Hold 62nd Annual Commencement Ceremonies

More than 500 students will graduate at Bethel’s two commencement ceremonies. The events will take place Saturday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m. for nontraditional students and Sunday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. for graduate and traditional students in Wiekamp Athletic Center.

Chris Fuller will be speaking on May 3 on behalf of his late father, Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity. Millard passed away on Feb 3, 2009, after agreeing to speak at Bethel’s commencement. His son will accept the honorary degree posthumously on his father’s behalf. Chris is the Baptist student union director at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and holds a Master of Divinity with Religious Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Dianne, have been married for 20 years.

The ceremony for nontraditional students will be held on Saturday, May 2, with the Rev. Timothy A. Rouse, a former Bethel student. Rouse will speak and then receive an honorary degree. He is currently the pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and a South Bend City Council member. He has also held positions such as police chaplain and graphic designer. Rouse has been married to his wife, Hazel, for 43 years. They have six daughters, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 20 countries, more than 25 denominations 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. In addition to its 75 wooded acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich. and St. Joseph, Mich.  Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.