Commencement – May 11 to 13, 2018

Mika Matsuda receives her diploma from interim President Ben Sprunger.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 11

8 to 9 a.m. – Continental Breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.75 Adult, $3.50 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
$8 Adult, $5.75 Child (ages 5 through 12)
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$8 Adult, $5.75, Child (ages 5 through 12)
7 p.m. – Chamber Orchestra Concert, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
An inspiring concert featuring our own Hesston College Chamber Orchestra with hired professionals and community members. Sophomore soloists include: Elizabeth Miller, marimba; Mackenzie Miller, soprano; Adrian Rogers, trumpet; Angus Siemens, double bass; and Noah Yoder, baritone. Free-will offering will be collected to help offset concert costs.
9 p.m. – Student recital: Noah Yoder, Black Box Theater, Keim Center

Saturday, May 12

10 a.m. – Nursing Pinning ceremony and reception, Sanctuary and Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
A celebration recognizing the achievements of Hesston’s 2018 nursing graduates. Featured speaker will be Alice Thornton Bell, APRN, MPA, MA, MSN, a nursing leader and senior director at The Advisory Board Company. Graduates’ immediate family members are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes in advance of the ceremony as seating is limited. A class memories media presentation will be shown twice beginning at 9:30 a.m. Overflow seating with live video feed is available in an adjacent area. A reception will follow in the church Community Center. No tripods allowed during the ceremony. Ceremony live stream
11 a.m. – Student recital: Anna Breckbill, Black Box Theater, Keim Center
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Lunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$8 Adult $5.75, 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.
1 p.m. – Student recital: Mackenzie Miller and Sarah Miller, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Nursing instructor Duane Miller visits with two of the college's first bachelor of science in nursing graduates, Kristen Rimer (Wichita, Kan.) and Alma Luevano (Wichita, Kan.).
Nursing instructor Duane Miller visits with two of the college’s first bachelor of science in nursing graduates, Kristen Rimer (Wichita, Kan.) and Alma Luevano (Wichita, Kan.).

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 John Reimer ’90, demonstration pilot at Textron Aviation in Wichita, Kansas. Recognition of graduates, a time for sharing, and refreshments will follow.
4 p.m. – International Chorale concert, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – Dinner, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$8 Adult $5.75, Child (ages 5 through 12)
7 p.m. – Theatre Showcase, Black Box Theater, Keim Center
Featuring a themed collection of scenes and monologues performed by the spring semester Acting I and Acting II classes. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and close at 7 p.m.
7:45 to 8:45 p.m. – Go Everywhere Reception, Dorsing Lounge, lower level of Keim Center
Students, parents and faculty/staff are welcome to join together along with President Joseph Manickam to munch, mingle and offer best wishes to the 2018 graduates. Informal come and go.
8:30 p.m. – Campus Worship, Bontrager Worship Center, Keim Center
All are welcome to join a final student-led campus worship.

Sunday, May 13

8 to 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
$4.75 Adult, $3.50 Child (ages 5 through 12)
9 a.m. – Commencement, Yost Center
Michelle E. Armster, Newton, Kan., Executive Director for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States, 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

Friesen Center Gallery and showcases: paintings, drawings, design, graphic design, photography, ceramics and sculpture produced by students during the 2017-18 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 2 p.m.