On May 17, Bethany College honored 119 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from the college during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates from 2014-2015 were honored during baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies on campus.
Randy W. Berry, the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons and former Bethany College board member, addressed the graduating class of 2015 during the commencement ceremony. The Reverend Allen D. Smith, pastor of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Salina, Kansas, preached during baccalaureate worship.
Melissa Woeppel an English and communications major with a minor in religion from Firth, Neb., was the senior speaker and Ashley Glover, a vocal music education major from Emporia was the senior musician performing a vocal solo.
Local graduate was Michael J. Hlavaty, Olmitz, Athletic Training, Summa Cum Laude
Graduates, their majors, and their hometowns are as follows.
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 College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu.