Commencement – May 11 to 14, 2017

Weekend Schedule

Thursday, May 11

8:30 p.m. – Student recital, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Sarah Booth and Kathryn Leichty

Friday, May 12

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. – Hot Breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.50 Adult, $3.25 Child (ages 5 through 12)
8:30 a.m. – Nursing Pinning rehearsal, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
10:30 a.m. – Graduation rehearsal
Start in Charles Hall and finish in Yost Center

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Lunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$7.75 Adult, $5.50 Child (ages 5 through 12)
4 p.m. – Student recital, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Kaho Yanagidaira
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$7.75 Adult, $5.50, Child (ages 5 through 12)
7 p.m. – Chamber Orchestra Concert, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Featuring sophomore soloists
9 p.m. – Student recital, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Olivia Copsey and Emily Griffioen

Saturday, May 13

10 a.m. – Nursing Pinning ceremony and reception, Sanctuary and Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
A celebration recognizing the achievements of Hesston’s 2017 nursing graduates. This event marks the 50th pinning of associate degree graduates and the first pinning of baccalaureate degree graduates. Featured speaker will be Dr. Marie (Schuessler) ’79 Morris, nursing leader currently serving as provost at Anderson (Ind.) University. Graduates’ immediate family members are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes in advance of the ceremony as seating is limited. Overflow seating with live video feed is available in an adjacent area. A reception will follow in the church Community Center. No tickets required. No tripods allowed during the ceremony. Ceremony live stream
11 a.m. – Student recital Helmuth Theatre, Keim Center
Adele Hofer
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Lunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$7.75 Adult $5.50, Child (ages 5 through 12)
1 p.m. – Disaster Management recognition, Campus Worship Center, Keim Center
A time of recognition for the achievements of Hesston’s graduating Disaster Management students. Paul Unruh will be the featured speaker. Paul is involved in leadership positions with Mennonite Disaster Service and volunteers on many service sites.
1 p.m. – Student recital, Helmuth Theatre, Keim Center
Music Cabaret by Morgan Leavy
President Howard Keim with graduates at commencement 2016
President Howard Keim with graduates at commencement 2016
2:30 p.m. – Aviation graduate reception, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
A time to recognize this year’s Aviation program graduates. A short program will feature Jerry Eichelberger ’85, manager of the FAA Flight Standards District Office in Wichita, Kan. Recognition of graduates, a time for sharing and refreshments will follow.
4 p.m. – Bel Canto Singers Concert, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$7.75 Adult $5.50, Child (ages 5 through 12)
7 p.m. – Theatre Showcase, Helmuth Theatre, Keim Center
Featuring a themed collection of scenes and monologues performed by this semester’s Acting I and Acting II classes
8 to 9 p.m. – Go Everywhere Reception, Dorsing Lounge, lower level of Keim Center
Students, parents and faculty/staff are welcome to join together to munch and mingle and to offer best wishes to the 2017 graduates. You may also offer appreciation and blessings to transitioning Interim President Ben Sprunger. Informal come and go.

Sunday, May 14

8 to 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.50 Adult, $3.25 Child (ages 5 through 12)
9 a.m. – Commencement, Yost Center
Dr. Marie (Schuessler) ’79 Morris, provost, Anderson (Ind.) University and current member of the Hesston College Board of Directors, will present the commencement address. Early arrival is suggested as floor seating is limited. No tickets required. Bleacher seating is also available. No tripods are allowed in Yost Center during the ceremony. Ceremony live stream
11 to 11:45 a.m. – Lunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$10.50 Adult, $7.25 Child (ages 5 through 12)
6 p.m. – Dorms Close, Erb Hall and Kauffman Court

*DVDs of Nursing Pinning ceremony, Disaster Management recognition and Commencement are available through the college’s Media Services Office. Call 620-327-8243 or email garyo@hesston.edu to order your copy for $10 each, including shipping and handling.

Recommended Lodging

Art Exhibits

Regier Friesen Gallery in Friesen Center Gallery and Showcases: paintings, drawings, design, graphic design, photographs, ceramics and sculpture produced by students during the 2016-17 school year, including a special display of artwork by graduating sophomores.

Bookstore hours

The Bookstore is located in Erb Hall.
Friday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Larks Nest snack shop hours

The Larks Nest snack shop is located in Erb Hall
Saturday – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.