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Many graduate at Bethel University’s Spring Commencement

BETHEL GRADUATION – Graduate Reanna Simmons holds up her Bachelor of Arts Diploma from Bethel University
WILDCATS – Bachelor of Science graduates Leah Beasley and Kennedi Berryhill with Bethel University’s mascot.
TURNING THEIR TASSELS – Newly graduated Bethel University Students carry on the age-old tradition of turning their tassels after their degrees have been conferred.

Bethel University hosted their Spring Graduation ceremony Saturday, May 4 at Crisp arena. Dr. Robert “Bob” Watkins, Bethel’s interim President, conferred nearly 300 degrees at the ceremony.

The University’s College of Arts and Sciences awarded several Bachelor of Science degrees, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Associate of Science, and Master of Arts in Education degrees.

The College of Professional Studies awarded Bachelor of Science degrees, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

The College of Health Sciences awarded Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Interim President Watkins opened the ceremony with congratulatory expressions to all the graduates for their achievements, and then introduced Bethel’s incoming President, Dr. Perry Moulds, as this year’s commencement speaker.

“I am humbled and thrilled to get to join Bethel as President in a few short weeks.” Moulds said. “I look forward to many years of wonderful growth and new opportunities with all of you.”

“But today, I am not here in that role.” he continued. “I am not here as President, I am here as commencement speaker. Which means that I am all that stands between you and the awarding of your degrees.”

Moulds then jested about commencement addresses in general, and recited several humorous quotes on the matter.

“The commencement speaker is like a small dark cloud passing through an otherwise joyous public occasion,” Moulds said, quoting Garrison Keillor.

“I hope that if you don’t remember a lot about the content of my speech, you’ll look back fondly on how brief it was,” he said.

To read more about Bethel’s graduation and to view more photos, check out our May 8, 2024 edition online or come by the office and ask for a copy of this paper.

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