Bethel Holds First Commencement in New Arena


Bethel University held its first ever Commencement exercises in its newly erected arena on Saturday, May 5 on the school’s main campus in McKenzie. Three hundred ninety-eight graduates took part in the ceremony and the following degrees were awarded: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Arts in Education.

     The new arena, named the Rosemary and Harry Crisp Arena, was completed just in time for spring 2012 Commencement to be the first ever event held there. The new arena will be home to many indoor sporting events including men’s and women’s basketball. It is an extension and phase II of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. Phase I of the Vera Low Center, which included a new and spacious cafeteria, a student activities room, a new bookstore and student life and enrollment services offices, was completed in August 2011. Ground was broken earlier in the day for a new 900-seat chapel, known as Cumberland Chapel, which is Phase III of the Vera Low Center.

     Serving as Commencement speaker was Dr. Dale Henry, founder and president of Your Best Unlimited, a Tennessee-based training company. Henry has also served as an educator, an administrator, an author, a motivational speaker, a trainer and a consultant.

     Henry’s speech centered around fear.

     “Everyone has fear,” Henry said. “And we all have to learn how to bridle that fear.”

     Henry pointed out that fear always makes people look at what’s in the way instead of looking at the goal they are trying to reach.

     “Just remember that as you leave here you will see fear again,” Henry said. “You’ll even question whether or not you can do something based on that fear. But remember today, because today you didn’t fail.”