1. Graduation

Newton High School commencement is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 19 at Athletic Park. The annual ceremony to celebrate the accomplishment of the senior class will include music, awards, speeches and the all-important handing out of diplomas.

In the case of bad weather, the ceremony will be moved to Ravenscroft Gymnasium at Newton High School. Tickets will be required for admission to the gymnasium.

In addition to the annual commencement, this week there will also be the annual Baccalaureate Service. Sponsored by the Newton Ministerial Alliance, Baccalaureate is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 16 in the Newton High School Auditorium.


2. Honor alumni

An artist, former woman of the year and a doctor make up the 2019 class of the Newton High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. 

The three awardees graduated in three different eras — Susan Koehn in 1952, Dr. Richard Glover in 1974 and Kim Le in 1994.

They will be honored at a brunch on May 18 and will also be recognized during the NHS commencement ceremony May 19. The brunch will be held at 10 a.m. in the NHS Media Center, and the community is invited. To attend, RSVP by May 13 by calling Joni Jantz at 284-6206.


3. Learn some history

Dorcas and Dennis Good will present "The Anderson Story: Celebrating a Legacy" at 2 p.m. May 19 as part of the Harvey County Historical Museum's monthly Sunday lecture series. Admission costs $5 for the public and free for museum members.


4. Check out student art

Eight Bethel College seniors have work on display during the final weeks of the school year.

The Senior Art Exhibit will be in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Commencement Sunday, May 19.

Area artists in the show include Austin Prouty, of Newton, Rebecca Schrag, of Newton, Katrina Heinrichs, of Hesston, and Sarah Booth, of Goessel.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, with extended hours during commencement weekend, May 17-19. There is no admission charge.

The artist reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. May 17 outside the gallery. The public is invited.


5. Hear Bel Canto

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will perform their final home concert of the 2018-19 year at 7 p.m. May 17 at Hesston Mennonite Church. Following Commencement weekend, the group departs for the Pacific Northwest for a nine-day tour.

Bel Canto’s “Grant Us Peace” program was inspired by the college’s International Peace Day celebration in September, and features a culmination of works performed throughout the year focused on peace and justice.