Opening Weekend 2019 photo gallery

Opening Celebration

Hesston College kicked off the 2019-20 year with a weekend of activities prior to the first day of classes on Aug. 19.

Opening Weekend move in
A father of a student helps move into the dorms on Friday afternoon.
Opening Weekend move in
Parents talk with Vice President of Student Life Deb Roth as they move their son into his dorm room.

Students moved onto campus throughout the week starting on Aug. 12 to begin practices and other training before the official start of classes.

Following the last move in time of the week on Friday, Aug. 17, the campus community gathered for Opening Celebration, the launching celebration for the new year. President Joseph A. Manickam gave a reflection on the year’s theme verse, the parable of the mustard seed, from Mark 4:30-32, and students, faculty, staff and parents participated in a litany before working together to pot a plant, symbolic of the theme verse (pictured above).

The start of the new year at Hesston College is highlighted by the launch of new programs, including a bachelor’s degree in aviation-professional pilot – the second bachelor’s degree for the college – and an Intensive English Language Program.

Opening Weekend Service
Sophomore Raelynn Reeves (Abilene, Kan.) leads children’s time at Hesston Mennonite Church during a Sunday morning joint worship service with the congregation and college.
Mod Olympics 2019
Students pass a balloon with their feet in a relay at the traditional start of year Mod Olympics on the evening before the start of classes.
Mod Olympics 2019
A Mod Olympic water relay cools students off on a humid Kansas summer night.