Commencement – May 5 to 8, 2016

Quinn Kathrineberg receives her diploma from President Keim at Commencement 2015

Weekend Schedule

Thursday, May 5

7 p.m. – Student recital – Zac Headings and Elliott Leichty, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
8:30 p.m. – Student recital – Casey Perez and Meredith Spicher, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church

Friday, May 6

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. – Hot breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.50 adult, $3.25 child (ages 5 through 12)
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. – Continental breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
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)
1 p.m. – Student recital – Eleya Raim and Irenea Soetjoadi, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
2:30 p.m. – Student recital – Shelby Miller and Lydia Holland, 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. – Music Department Showcase, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Highlighting Bel Canto Singers, Chamber Orchestra and sophomore soloists. Concert webcast

Saturday, May 7

8:30 a.m. – Disaster Management recognition, Campus Worship Center, Northlawn
A time of recognition for the achievements of the graduating Disaster Management students. Brett Troyer ’06, first graduate of the program, and logistics coordinator for Mennonite Disaster Service National office (Lititz, Pa.) will be the speaker.
10 a.m. – Nursing Pinning ceremony and reception, Sanctuary and Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
A celebration recognizing the achievements of Hesston’s 2016 nursing graduates. Lisa Harrelson ’09, RN, critical care nurse at Wesley Medical Center (Wichita) will be the featured speaker. Graduates’ immediate family members are encouraged to arrive 45
minutes in advance of the ceremony. Early arrival is suggested 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. DVDs available*. Pinning ceremony webcast
11 a.m. – Student recital – Anna Martin and Lorren Oesch, Helmuth Theatre, Northlawn
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. – Theatre Showcase, Helmuth Studio Theatre, Northlawn
2:30 p.m. – Aviation graduate reception, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
A time to recognize the 2016 Aviation program graduates.
4 p.m. – International Chorale concert, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Enjoy this bon voyage concert as a precursor to International Chorale’s tour May 10 to 31. Concert webcast
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$7.75 adult, $5.50 child (ages 5 through 12)
6:30 p.m. – Student recital – Caleb Schrock-Hurst and Andry Stutzman, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
8 to 9:30 p.m. – Go Everywhere reception, Dorsing Lounge, lower level, Northlawn
All students, families, faculty and staff can munch, mingle, offer best wishes to the 2016 graduates and appreciation and blessing to transitioning President Howard Keim. Informal come and go.
Lucas Garces Soliman takes a post-Commencement selfie with biology instructor Marelby Mosquera.
Lucas Garces Soliman takes a post-Commencement selfie with biology instructor Marelby Mosquera.

Sunday, May 8

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. – Commencment, Yost Center
Bible, Religious Studies and Psychology faculty Kevin Wilder 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. DVDs available*. Commencement webcast
11 a.m. to noon – 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.

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