Bethel College Commencement Planned for May 3

This year, 533 students plan to participate in Bethel’s two commencement ceremonies which will both be held on Saturday, May 3. Commencement for adult programs, organizational management, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) completion will take place at 10 a.m. Traditional undergraduate and graduate programs commencement will be held at 4:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Wiekamp Athletic Center. For more information about commencement weekend activities, visit

Author and Bethel alumnus Todd Gongwer will speak at the adult student ceremony and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski will speak at the traditional and graduate student ceremony.

Todd GongwerTodd Gongwer ’99 has spent more than 20 years developing his expertise in leadership and team dynamics. He’s held executive level positions in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to public entities, while also serving 11 seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Bethel College.

Gongwer wrote “LEAD … for God’s Sake!” in 2010, which has sold more than 75,000 copies, topping best-seller lists on for leadership, team management and evangelism. It continues to grow in popularity, with endorsements from notable coaches, including Lou Holtz and Urban Meyer.

Gongwer is a sought after speaker and teacher on the subject of leadership and purpose. His powerful messages are impacting leaders from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, major universities, professional sports teams, school districts and churches throughout the country. Referred to many as a coach of coaches, Gongwer also works as a confidant and counselor to some of the most successful coaches and business leaders in the U.S.

Todd currently speaks, teaches and coaches on the subject of leadership and purpose throughout the country. He lives in Indiana with his wife, Traci, and their two children, Kaden and Kira.

Jackie WalorskiCongresswoman Jackie Walorski represents Indiana’s second congressional district in the United States House of Representatives where she serves on the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs and Budget committees.

Walorski attended Riley High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University.  As her first job out of college, she worked as a reporter for WSBT-TV, covering community issues ranging from education to crime.  Inspired to get more involved in the education system, she later worked as a development director for local colleges and universities.

In 1995, she married her husband, Dean, and shortly after, the couple moved abroad to Romania for four years, founding their own agency and local foundation to help provide medical supplies to the country’s impoverished children. 

In 2004, Walorski was elected to her first of three terms in the Indiana House of Representatives and developed a reputation as an independent voice in the fight to lower taxes and eliminate wasteful government spending. She rose quickly to leadership, becoming the Assistant Floor Leader for the Republican Caucus, and in 2012 she was elected to her current position in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Walorski resides in Jimtown with her husband, Dean, mother, Martha, and their three dogs.