Bethany College will confer degrees upon more than 100 students on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Presser Hall Auditorium.
The ceremony honors summer, fall, interterm and spring graduates who have earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from the college during the 2018-2019 academic year. On Sunday, a baccalaureate worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Presser Hall followed by commencement at 2 p.m.
Elizabeth Eaton, presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, elected to a six-year term in 2013, will preach at Baccalaureate. Bishop Eaton will also receive an honorary doctorate at commencement. Also receiving honorary doctorates are husband and wife, alumni, Ross ’71 and Karma (Jukes) Tidemann ’72. President William A. Jones will speak at commencement and Avery Holmes will speak on behalf of the senior class. Senior, Kaylin Powers will share special music.
Bethany’s class of 2019 includes 38 students from Kansas, as well as students from 13 different states and seven different countries.
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 www.bethanylb.edu and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.