Eight college grads of Bethel University wear Wesley Foundation ropes with graduation attire on May 4


Rev. Tricia Trull (center) made Wesley Foundation ropes for eight graduating seniors at Bethel University. The students, from left, are Luke Cagle, Shelby Bowles, Ashley Powers, Brooke Cagle, (Trull), Cody Greene, Emily Taylor, Cassandra Smith and Devin Roberts. (Submitted photos)

Eight students who graduated from Bethel University on May 4 displayed their college career participation in the Bethel Wesley Foundation by wearing around their necks red graduation ropes and tassels with a United Methodist cross and flame charm.

Rev. Tricia Trull, director and pastor for the Wesley campus ministry at the McKenzie, Tennessee, school, designed and made the cords for the students. She said this is the first time Bethel University graduates have worn Wesley Foundation ropes at graduation.

The Bethel Wesley campus ministry was first officially recognized by the school in 2016.

Trull, who also serves as pastor at McKenzie First United Methodist Church where Wesley Foundation students often meet, had to have the rope's design approved by school officials before the ropes could be worn.

While Trull was excited about the students wearing the Wesley Foundation ropes, she was most proud of having eight college graduates from the college campus ministry.

The Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church has five other college campus ministries at Murray State University (Murray, KY), University of Memphis (Memphis, TN), University of Memphis Lambuth (Jackson, TN), University of Tennessee (Martin, TN) and University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN). 

~Compiled by Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications