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Speakers Announced for Bethany College Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies


By Bethany College


LINDSBORG, Kan. (April 5, 2024) — Bethany College is thrilled to announce the distinguished speakers for its upcoming Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies, both to be held on Saturday, April 27 at Presser Hall Auditorium.

Baccalaureate Speaker: Reverend Lamont Anthony Wells

Reverend Lamont Anthony Wells, Executive Director of the Network of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Colleges and Universities (NECU), will deliver the Baccalaureate address. Reverend Wells, a dynamic speaker and human rights activist, brings a wealth of experience in fostering ecumenism, social justice, and inclusion. His insightful and inspiring messages resonate with audiences worldwide.

Commencement Speaker: Dr. Brent Mai (’85)

Dr. Brent Mai (’85), Dean of Libraries at Wichita State University, will deliver the Commencement address. A Western Kansas native and distinguished academic leader, Dr. Mai’s career spans prestigious institutions such as Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Concordia – Portland Universities. His expertise in library sciences, coupled with his extensive research on the history and culture of the Volga Germans, enriches his engaging speeches.

Both ceremonies, integral parts of Bethany’s Lutheran heritage, will take place at Presser Hall Auditorium. The Baccalaureate service at 10:30 a.m., will feature worship, music performances by Bethany music ensembles, and reflections. The Commencement ceremony will follow at 2:00 p.m., celebrating the academic achievements of Bethany’s graduating class.

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