Commencement – May 17 to 19, 2019

Graduate processional 2018

Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 17

7:30 to 9 a.m. – Hot breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.75 Adult, $3.50 Child (ages 5 to 12)
8:30 a.m. – Bachelor of Science in Nursing Commencement & Pinning Ceremony rehearsal, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
10:30 a.m. – Associate Degree Commencement Ceremony rehearsal
Start in Christian Education Hall and finish in the Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Lunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$8 Adult, $5.75 Child (ages 5 to 12)
2 p.m. – Student recital: Erica Baer & Risa Fukaya, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
4 p.m. – Student recital: Leah Huyard, Mariana Martinez Hernandez and Addie Swartzendruber, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$8 Adult, $5.75 Child (ages 5 to 12)
7 p.m. – Bel Canto Concert, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
8 p.m. – Go Everywhere Graduate Reception, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
Immediately following the concert, all students, parents and faculty/staff join together with President Joe Manickam to enjoy refreshments and offer best wishes to the 2019 graduates and their families. Informal come and go.

Saturday, May 18

8 to 8:30 a.m. – Continental breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.75 Adult, $3.50 Child (ages 5 to 12)
10 a.m. – Bachelor of Science in Nursing Commencement and Pinning Ceremony, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
A celebration recognizing the achievements of the 2019 nursing graduates. Bonnie K. Sowers, MS, RN, Hesston College emeritus faculty and former nursing program director, will present the commencement address. A class memories media presentation will be shown twice beginning at 9:30 a.m. Early arrival is suggested as seating is limited. No tickets required. Overflow seating with live video feed is available in an adjacent area. No tripods allowed during the ceremony. Live streaming at hesson.edu/pinning-webcast
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Lunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
11:30 a.m. – Lunch for Disaster Management students & families, Sauder Rooms, Bontrager Student Center
$8 Adult, $5.75 Child (ages 5 to 12)
1 p.m. – Disaster Management recognition, Bontrager Worship Center, Keim Center
2 p.m. – Student recital: Elizabeth Fulcher and Therin Smith, Black Box Theater, Keim Center
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Aviation open house, Newton City/County Airport Hanger K, 810 N Oliver Newton, KS
A celebration of our aviation graduates, students and new bachelor’sdegree program. Informal come and go with a short program at 3 p.m.
4 p.m. – Theatre Showcase, Black Box Theater, Keim Center
Featuring a themed collection of scenes and monologues performed by the spring semester Acting I & II classes. Doors open at 3:45 p.m. and close at 4 p.m.
5:15 to 6 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$8 Adult, $5.75 Child (ages 5 to 12)
7 p.m. – Associate Degree Commencement Ceremony, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Stanley W. Green, Goshen Ind., executive director for Mennonite Mission Network (MMN), will present the commencement address. Early arrival is suggested as seating is limited. No tickets required. No tripods allowed during the ceremony. The service will be live streamed at hesston.edu/commencement-webcast.

Sunday, May 19

8:30 to10:30 a.m. – Continental breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.75 Adult $3.50 Child (ages 5 to 12)
11:30 a.m. to noon – Brunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$10.50 Adult, $7.25 Child (ages 5 to 12)
2 p.m. – Dorms close, Erb Hall and Kauffman Court

*DVDs of Associate Degree Commencement Ceremony, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Commencement & Pinning Ceremony, Disaster Management Service and all weekend music recitals and concerts are available through the college’s Media Services Office. Call 620-327-8243 or email garyo@hesston.edu to order your copy ($10 each, includes shipping and handling).

Recommended Lodging

Art Exhibits

Friesen Center Gallery and showcases: paintings, drawings, design, graphic design, photography, ceramics and sculpture produced by students during the 2018-19 school year, including a special display of artwork by graduating sophomores. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bookstore hours

The Bookstore is located in Erb Hall.
Friday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.