Commencement – May 8 to 10, 2015

Post commencement congratulations.
Irene Mine ’14 (Oshu-shi, Japan), Masayo Satoh ’14 (Niigata-ken, Japan), Crisentia Gregor ’14 (Banyuwangi, Indonesia), Ayaka Senoo ’14 (Sagamihara, Japan), Danika Saucedo Salas ’14 (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) and Makayla Ladwig ’15 (Wichita, Kan.) celebrate following the commencement service.

Weekend Schedule

Thursday, May 7

7 p.m. – Student recital – Havela Lehman, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
 

Friday, May 8

7:30 to 8: 30 a.m. – Hot breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.50 Adult, $3.25 Child
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. – Continental breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.50 Adult, $3.25 Child
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
1 p.m. – Workshop – The Business of Acting, Room 125, Friesen Center
Alumna Lauren Zehr ’09, a professional actor, will share about her experiences in the acting world.
3 p.m. – Book premier lecture and reception, Room 125, Friesen Center
My Calling to Fulfill: The Orie O. Miller Story by John E. Sharp
4 p.m. – Student recital – Taylor Zehr and Mary Bender, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
7.75 Adult, $5.50 Child
7 p.m. – Pastoral Ministries Commissioning service and reception, Visitor and Education Center, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory St.
A time of fellowship, prayer, affirmation and blessing for the pastoral ministries student, faculty, friends and supporters. Ron Moyo ’12, will deliver the address. No tripods are allowed during the ceremony. DVDs available.
7 p.m. – Student-directed One-act plays, Prairie Pavillion, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory St.
Two students will debut as theatre directors. Freshman RaeLee Hightower will direct Sure Thing and English Made Simple by David Ives, and freshman Erika Byler will direct The True Story of Cincerella by Richard Conlon.

Saturday, May 9

8:30 a.m. – Disaster Management recognition, Prairie Pavillion, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory St.
A time of recognition for the achievements of the graduating Disaster Management students. Paul Unruh Ac58, ’60, a member of the Mennonite Disaster Service Binational Board of Directors, MDS volunteer and former social worker at Prairie View Mental Health Center, 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 2015 nursing graduates. Graduate 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 honoring the graduates will follow in the church Community Center. No tickets required. No tripods allowed during the ceremony. DVDs available*.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Brunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
7.75 Adult, $5.50 Child
1 p.m. – Student-directed One-act plays, Prairie Pavillion, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory St.
Two students will debut as theatre directors. Freshman RaeLee Hightower will direct Sure Thing and English Made Simple by David Ives, and freshman Erika Byler will direct The True Story of Cincerella by Richard Conlon.
2:30 p.m. – Aviation Graduate reception, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
A time to recognize the 2015 Aviation and Air Traffic Control graduates.
4 p.m. – Bel Canto Singers “Asylum” concert, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Enjoy this bon voyage concert as a precursor to Bel Canto’s Northwest coast tour May 11 to 20.
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
7.75 Adult, $5.50 Child
8 to 9 p.m. – Go Everywhere reception, Larks Nest, Erb Hall
All students, families, faculty and staff can munch, mingle and offer best wishes to the 2015 graduates. Informal come and go.

Graduates Nebiyu Bachore ’14 (Kansas City, Mo.) and Nathan Peters ’14 (North Liberty, Iowa) take time for a photo following commencement.
Graduates Nebiyu Bachore ’14 (Kansas City, Mo.) and Nathan Peters ’14 (North Liberty, Iowa) take time for a photo following commencement.
Sunday, May 10

8 to 8:30 – Breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.50 Adult, $3.25 Child
9 a.m. – Commencment, Yost Center
Kevin King, executive director of Mennonite Disaster Service, 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*.
11 a.m. to noon – Lunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
6 p.m. – Dorms close
Erb Hall and Kauffman Court

*DVDs of Nursing Pinning ceremony, Pastoral Ministries Commissioning service, 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.