Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
Schedule of Events
Rehearsal – Thursday, April 30
Adult Undergraduate/Graduate School Students: 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Si Melby Hall
Interfaith Community Sending–Thursday, April 30
6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Graduating students 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, May 1
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–Sunday, May 3
Student Check-In: Christensen Center Lobby
Check in available beginning at 11:15am. All students need to be checked in and ready to process by no later than 12:30pm.
Students will process from the Christensen Center to Si Melby Hall, down 7 1/2 street.
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 10:00am on your 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.
Ceremony: Si Melby Hall
1:00 p.m. (seating begins at 11:45 a.m.)
Receptions: Various Locations
Commencement Keynote Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient:
Nominated by the Augsburg faculty and affirmed by our Board of Regents, the selected 2015 commencement keynote speaker, Winona LaDuke, will deliver the keynote address at both the Saturday and Sunday ceremonies.
A member of the Anishinaabe from White Earth, LaDuke founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project in 1989 to reclaim lands for the tribe and to support enterprises that create employment. She also established and is the executive director of Honor the Earth, a Native-led organization to “break the geographic and political isolation of Native Communities and … to increase financial resources for organizing and change” by supporting grassroots Native environmental groups. LaDuke has a degree in rural economic development from Harvard University and a master’s in community economic development from Antioch University. LaDuke was the Green Party candidate for vice president of the United States in 1996 and 2000.
During the Sunday commencement ceremony for students graduating from our adult undergraduate and graduate programs, the College will award an honorary doctorate to Peter Bell, who also was nominated by the Augsburg faculty and affirmed by the College’s Board of Regents.
Bell is former chair of the Metropolitan Council, which oversees the regional transit system, regional wastewater treatment, regional parks, and funding for affordable housing opportunities. During Bell’s tenure at the Metropolitan Council, the Hiawatha and Northstar rail lines opened, planning and construction began for the Central and Southwest Corridor light rail lines, and overall public transit ridership in the Twin Cities rose substantially. Prior to serving with the Metropolitan Council, Bell served as executive vice president for publishing and educational services at Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota, and as executive vice president for corporate community relations for TCF Bank, Minneapolis. Bell was a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and has served on the board of directors for many local and national social and civic organizations. They include the Citizens League, Center of the American Experiment, Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Center for New Black Leadership, the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and the Family Housing Fund.