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Commencement is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class. Bethel University is proud of our graduates!

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2022 Summer, Fall Commencement

Bethel University’s summer and fall 2022 graduates will be recognized during a combined celebration set for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m. inside Crisp Arena in McKenzie. 

The health and safety of the University community continues to be a top priority; therefore, prior to and following the service safety guidelines will be observed. These include limiting the total number of people in the Arena by issuing 4 tickets to each graduate that must be requested by the candidate/graduate from the Registrar of their college 10 days prior to the service and presented by guests upon arrival at the Arena for admission.

College of Professional Studies graduates should contact Karen Millraney at 731-407-7628 or for more information or to request tickets.

College of Arts and Sciences and College of Health Sciences graduates should contact Deborah Noble at 731-352-6385 or for more information or to request tickets.

Full story: Summer, Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremonies Combined

2022 Spring Commencement

The spring 2022 commencement celebration was held on May 7 at 10 a.m. in Crisp Arena on the main campus in McKenzie. An archived live stream and a link to the event's photo gallery can be found below.

Archived live stream

Watch commencement here

Event photos

View gallery and download photos

About Our Commencement Speaker

Chief Ranger Shane Petty
Chief Ranger Shane Petty

The spring ceremony’s keynote address was delivered by Tennessee State Parks Chief Ranger and Bethel University College of Professional Studies alum Shane Petty.

Petty holds a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Bethel and is a graduate of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Petty earned undergraduate degrees at Columbia State Community College (CSCC) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Petty began his career with Tennessee State Parks in 1987 as a seasonal ranger and became a full-time ranger at Henry Horton State Park in 1989.

In 1993, he was named assistant chief for law enforcement for the state system and was promoted to chief ranger in 1997—a role he has served for 25 years.

Read Petty's full bio here