Bethel University is inviting the community to its 175th Birthday Bash this Saturday, August 19 on the school’s McKenzie campus. The Bethel Birthday Bash is in conjunction with Bethel’s 2017 traditional student freshman orientation and with the kickoff of the Fall 2017 traditional semester which begins Monday, Aug. 21. The Birthday Bash will begin at 7 p.m. with a Bethel Renaissance concert adjacent to Wildcat Park and facing Baker Fieldhouse front parking lot. Birthday cake will be served, and the bash will conclude with Fireworks presented by Randy Bast Fireworks. The event is free and open to the public.
“It will be a great evening for the students and for the community,” said Myra Carlock, Director of University and Alumni Events. “We do encourage those attending to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.”
The Saturday evening event will conclude Bethel’s year-long celebration of its 175th birthday.
“Not every university can say it is 175 years old,” President Walter Butler said. “In fact, there are only four higher education institutions in the state of Tennessee that are older than we are. So we felt an entire year of celebrating was certainly appropriate. Now we move forward always striving to make Bethel the best it can be -- laying the foundation for another 175 years.”
Affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bethel University offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms.