Grandparents Day 2024

Grandparents Day 2024
Date Friday, April 19, 2024
Instructions for GuestsUpon arrival park in the West Lot and follow interior signage through the buildings to various events. Click here for directions to Bethel University
Cost$20 per person. Your registration payment includes morning pastries and coffee, lunch, and a special gift. 
Registration Registration is now closed.

Event Description

There’s a special connection between a grandparent and a grandchild, no matter their ages. Bethel University’s 12th annual Grandparents Day is an opportunity for Bethel students and their grandparents (or grandfriends) to celebrate that special connection.

Schedule for the Day:

9:30-10:10 a.m. | Check In
Lobby, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1
Check-in and receive your Grandparents Day materials then mingle with other grandparents and enjoy some coffee before chapel. Guests who are unable to check in during this time may visit the Hospitality Area, outside the Admissions Guest Center, to collect their materials.

10:20–11 a.m. | Chapel
Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1
Join your student for chapel for a great message from Nick Cocalis, Assistant Athletic Director for Engagement and Head Men's Golf Coach!

11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Lunch
Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 3
Experience lunch on campus with your grandchild (as their schedule allows) and enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel's buffet-style dining. Your Grandparents Day registration includes a ticket for lunch. Students may use their meal plan or flex dollars. If your student doesn’t have a meal plan or flex, they may purchase lunch at the entrance to Monson Dining Center for the special Grandparents Day rate of $10. Lunch is included in registration for Grandparents Day.

11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Hospitality Center and Photo Booth
Admissions Guest Center, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2
Looking for a place to spend some time connecting with your grandchild or to unwind while they're in class? Visit the Grandparents Day Hospitality Area! Also, be sure to stop by the photo booth with your grandchild to take a selfie as a memento from your time spent together!

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Scandia Church Open House
Scandia Church
The Scandia Church was established in 1855 by Swedish Baptist settlers in Carver County, Minnesota. Today, the building is located on Bethel University’s campus. Come walk through this historic chapel and learn a little bit more about its history.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | History Center Open House
History Center, Lakeside Center (LSC)
Archives of Bethel University and Converge preserves historic documents, photographs, books, artifacts, and much more. Drop by the archives today to see paintings by Bethel founder Alexis Edgren, old Bethel yearbooks, Bethel’s Emmy Award, a 1541 Swedish Bible, historic newspapers and photographs, a Pilgrim’s Progress copy printed in 1727, and other rare materials.

11:10 a.m.–noon | Class Without a Quiz: Neuro Methods
BAC157, Barnes Academic Center (BAC), Level 1

11:10 a.m.–noon | Class Without a Quiz: Student Managed Investment Fund
Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

12:30 p.m. | Campus Tour
Admissions Guest Center, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2
Join student hosts from Bethel's Office of Admissions for a one-hour indoor walking tour of campus. The tour will depart from the Admissions Guest Center.

1:45–2:30 p.m. | Class Without a Quiz: Spanish for Travelers
Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

1:45-2:30 p.m. | Class Without a Quiz: The Christian Impact on Education and Science
BC468, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

Other Options Throughout the Day:

9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Closed during Chapel) | Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2
Be sure to check out all the great merchandise at the Campus Store. You'll receive a special Grandparents Day 20% discount on apparel so you can show your Bethel pride!

10 a.m.–midnight | Residence Hall Visiting Hours
Various Locations on Campus
The Office of Student Life has extended visiting hours for residence halls. Accompany your grandchild and experience his/her living community.


Contact the Office of Family Relations at or 651.638.6462.