Adult Undergraduate/Graduate Ceremony

Schedule of Events

Rehearsal – Thursday, April 28

Adult Undergraduate/Graduate School Students:
6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Si Melby Hall

Interfaith Community Sending for Graduates-Thursday, April 28

Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Graduating students, their friends and families,  of all religious and non-religious identities are invited to an interfaith service celebrating your educational journey. This 45-minute service will be a special time of reflection and blessing.

 Baccalaureate Service – Friday, April 29

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Baccalaureate is a celebration service of music and word held for the graduating class. Graduating Students should wear their cap and gown and may sit with their family or guests in any available seats. Please note that seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Commencement Day–Saturday, April 30

Student Check-In:
2:15 -3:30 p.m.
Christensen Center Lobby

All students need to be checked in and ready to process by no later than 3:30 p.m.  Students will process from the Christensen Center to Si Melby Hall, down 7 1/2 street.

Inclement Weather:
In the event of inclement weather, your check-in location will move to the Lower Level of Si Melby Hall—outside of the Fitness Center.  We will decide by 1:00 p.m. on commencement day  if we are implementing a rain plan.  If NO rain plan is being enacted, we will not make any posts or announcements and you should proceed to the original check-in location.  If we ARE implementing the rain plan, we will post notifications on social media and Inside Augsburg with updated information.

4:00 p.m. (seating begins at 2:45 p.m.)
Si Melby Hall

5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Various locations–See receptions page for complete information.

Commencement Keynote Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient:

Augsburg College’s 2016 Commencement keynote speaker is Michael Botticelli, who was nominated by an Augsburg College Board of Regents member and affirmed by the full board. He will deliver an address at both ceremonies, and will receive an honorary doctorate degree from the College during Saturday’s celebration.
Botticelli serves as Director of National Drug Control Policy after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Previously, he served as deputy director and acting director for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In each role, Botticelli has worked to address the national opioid epidemic by supporting community-based prevention efforts, increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, and supporting recovery efforts. He has been a longtime advocate for and supporter of collegiate recovery programs such as Augsburg’s StepUP® Program, an innovative residential program that is the largest of its kind in the country. He has been in long-term recovery himself for more than 25 years, and he encourages those in recovery to speak out and confront stigmas that may prevent people from seeking treatment.
Prior to serving in the White House, Botticelli was the Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Health. He has served in various leadership roles with many national organizations, including the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Botticelli received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College and his master’s degree from St. Lawrence University.