•Bethany College Commencement 2022•

Bethany College celebrated its 182nd graduating class Saturday in a commencement ceremony in the Hummel Field House with featured speaker Jimmy Veres ‘70, an accomplished media executive.

In his address – titled “What Happens Monday” – Veres urged graduates to make choices and be willing to fail and lose to learn what is right for them. He also encouraged them to embrace and celebrate their Bethany education. “I want you to trust in your preparation,” Veres said. “I want you to understand that you are ready. You’re fresh. You’re cooked. You’re alive. You’re ready to do what you have to do. … Make your way. Make your choices, because Monday you have this behind you. … You’re elevated. You’re buoyed. You’re held up by a tradition of family, support, friendship and love.”

Veres is an independent consultant to international media. He formerly was an executive for creative affairs for SONY Entertainment, Columbia Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures, and a director of development for Universal Studios. In the entertainment business, Veres said he always has people pitching ideas to him. “But we have to slow down and focus on the bigger issue – what is this about?” he said. The experience for the class of 2022 is Act I of a play.

“You have a unique opportunity, guys, and a responsibility,” Veres said. “The opportunity is to be everything that you can be – all of the other platitudes that you have heard. The responsibility is to hold the hands next to you and bring them with you. Keep in touch. Be a Bethanian of true value, which is part of that family. … I urge you to hold that hand, keep that name on your list of people to connect with, and you’re going to do great.”

Veres also urged graduates to reach out to him. “Nothing thrills me more than to help a Bethanian get from A to B,” he said. “Bethany is an energy that needs to be perpetuated.”




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