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Guest FAQs

If your question is not answered below, please contact us at conference-event@bethel.edu. Whether you celebrate with your graduate in person or via our livestream link, we look forward to sharing this special occasion with you.


Do I need a ticket to attend the ceremony?

No, guest seating is general admission, first come, first served. Seating is not distanced; you will be sitting next to other guests.  

How do I get to campus, and where do I park?

See a campus map and get driving directions to 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112. Please allow extra time to enter campus and park. Main parking is in the West Lot (overflow parking in the East Lot). Benson Great Hall is located in the Lundquist Community Life Center.

How long is the ceremony?

Each ceremony will be about an hour.

When do doors open?

Doors open 1 hour before each ceremony. 

When does my student need to be on campus?

Graduates need to be in the Robertson Center Gym wearing their cap and gown 45 minutes before the ceremony for lineup and instructions.  

How do I request accessibility services?

If you will need an accessible seat or an ASL interpreter, please email box-office@bethel.edu.

Are face masks required?

No.  Guests are free to wear them as they wish

What are the COVID-19 protocols at Bethel University?

We are not held to any COVID-19 protocols at this point.  There will be no distancing in the auditorium and families will be side-by-side with other guests.  

May I take photos?

Guests may take photos from their seats in Benson Great Hall as long as they do not block the view for others. Do not leave your seat to take a photo. You can also order pictures from the photographer online.  

What is the livestream link?

The ceremony is available to view on Bethel's YouTube Channel.

How many guests can watch the online ceremony?

There is no limit to the people who can watch the livestream of each ceremony! Please share the link, which will be posted soon on the commencement homepage.

Will I see my student cross the stage on the livestream view?

Yes, the livestream camera will capture each student as they cross the stage.

When will the ceremonies be available for on-demand viewing?

Each ceremony will be available to stream on-demand about 10-20 minutes following its conclusion.  To watch the recording, please visit our Facebook Page or YouTube Channel

What hotels are nearby?

This list of hotels in the area can be helpful - most offer a Bethel Discount!

Do you have any templates for yard signs?

Yes, we do! We have several yard sign templates to download and print at a vendor of your choice.