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Media Advisory: Augsburg commencement celebrations on May 3-4

The first commencement celebrations of Minnesota’s private colleges takes place the weekend of May 3-4 at Augsburg College with ceremonies for traditional day undergraduates on May 3 and for students of the adult undergraduate, Rochester, and nursing programs and graduate students on May 4. The schedules and details about media photo opportunities are below.

May 3: Traditional Day Undergraduate Program

Ceremonies are in Si Melby Hall located on 23rd Avenue South. In the event of rain, students will line up in the basement of Si Melby and process up the stairs into the gym.

  • 11:15 a.m. – Student Line Up, Christensen Center. Group proceeds, led by drummer, from Christensen Center down South 7-1/2 Street to Si Melby Hall. Faculty, in academic dress, line the streets and clap as students pass. (Photo Opp)
  • 1 p.m. – Invocation

Welcome

Commencement Address and Honorary Degree Recipient: Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist and Peabody Award-winning radio broadcaster

Honorary Degree Recipient: Lois Quam, chief operating officer of The Nature Conservancy

Student Speaker: Emerson Ball ‘14, social work, Duluth

Conferring of Degrees (Photo Opp)

  • 2:30 p.m. – Recessional: Students exit Si Melby. Students, families gather in Murphy Square, the oldest public park in Minneapolis. (Photo Opp)

May 4: Adult Undergraduate, Rochester, and Nursing Programs, and Graduate Students

Ceremonies are in Si Melby Hall located on 23rd Avenue South. In the event of rain, students will line up in the basement of Si Melby and process up the stairs into the gym.

  • 11:15 a.m. Student Line Up, Christensen Center. Group proceeds, led by drummer, from Christensen Center down South 7-1/2 Street to Si Melby Hall. Faculty, in academic dress, line the streets and clap as students pass. (Photo Opp)
  • 1 p.m. – Invocation

Welcome

Commencement Address and Honorary Degree Recipient: David W. Orr, professor of environmental studies and politics and special assistant to the president of Oberlin College

Conferring of Degrees (Photo Opp)

  • 2:30 p.m. – Recessional: Students exit Si Melby. Students, families gather in Murphy Square, city’s oldest public park. (Photo Opp)

Augsburg College is set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities, and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to nearly 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. Augsburg College educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. Web: augsburg.edu.

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