Record Amount of Bethel Students Planned to Graduate

Bethel College may graduate a record number of students this spring. At this time, more than 600 students plan to participate in Bethel’s two commencement ceremonies. Commencement for nontraditional programs, organizational management, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) completion will take place on Saturday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. Traditional undergraduate and graduate programs commencement will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Wiekamp Athletic Center.

The speaker for both ceremonies will be Sarah Kilemi, Ph.D., a director with the United Nations. Kilemi is also the economic advisor/co-founder of The Village Trust (TVT), an organization that empowers women and youth from humble backgrounds, both spiritually and economically. She is known as “Mama” to those she serves. Currently she is assisting 72 women groups with a total membership of more than 20,000. For the last two years, several Bethel students have helped to raise funds for TVT through an annual silent auction on Bethel’s campus. Just this  month students raised approximately $1500 for this organization.

Kilemi is also a mentor and motivational speaker at schools, especially in support of girl’s education. She sits on the board of various institutions of higher learning in Kenya, and her employment with the UN has led her to work in more than 35 countries worldwide. For the last three years she has been living in Tanzania. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Aachen University in Germany.

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Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 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 beautifully wooded 75-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.