LINDSBORG, KAN., May 24, 2019 –Bethany College conferred degrees upon 101 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates from 2018-2019 were honored during baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies in Presser Hall on Sunday, May 19.

The Reverend Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, preached during baccalaureate and encouraged graduates to embrace diversity.

At commencement, Kayln Powers, from Lindsborg, Kansas, graduating with a Bachelor of Music, shared her vocal talent. Avery Holmes, from Wichita, Kansas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts was the senior speaker.  Bishop Eaton was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity. Ross Tidemann ’71, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws in Administration and his wife, Karma  (Jukes) Tidemann ‘72, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws in Education.

Will Jones, President of Bethany College, also addressed the graduates, asking students to “recognize” and practice hospitality in the world, speaking to various forms of hospitality and leading graduates through the chorus of “We are the Champions,” by Queen.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. Bethany connects its past, present, and future with distinctive initiatives like Swedes to Sweden, a free service-learning trip for the sophomore class to Sweden, and the Good Life Scholarship, presenting all local high school graduates with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the college. Bethany College is on the Web at and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.