Commencement This Saturday; Johnson to Speak

Bethel’s Spring 2017 Commencement will be held this Saturday, May 6. Those receiving undergraduate degrees will take part in a 10 a.m., ceremony, and those receiving graduate degrees will take part in a 1 p.m. ceremony. Both events will take place in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena at 101 Wildcat Lane on the school’s McKenzie campus. Commencement speaker will be Dr. Roger Johnson who serves as Bethel’s Faculty Marshal and as Professor of Physics and Computer Science.

     Dr. Johnson received his A.B. degree from Augustana College in Illinois, his M.A.

degree from DePauw University in Indiana, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa.

     He has had further study at the following institutions: Oak Ridge Associated

Universities, Vanderbilt University, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Central State

University in Oklahoma, The University of Memphis and Middle Tennessee State University.

     Before coming to Bethel, Dr. Johnson taught for eight years at the following schools: Westminster College in Pennsylvania, Mars Hill College and Southeastern Community College in North Carolina, and Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia.

     He has also had five years of experience as an industrial physicist.

     Dr. Johnson has been teaching physics, computer science, mathematics and engineering graphics at Bethel University since 1980. He is a member of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of McKenzie.

     He has a son, Matt, a daughter Kay and three grandchildren: Matthew, Brianna and Sarah.

    Guest seating for commencement will begin one hour prior to each ceremony, and line up of graduates will begin at that time as well.

     For questions regarding Bethel Commencement, graduates should contact the registrars within their specific colleges. Anyone else with questions may contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at


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