On Tuesday, September 5, 2017—now recognized by the state of Minnesota as “Augsburg University Day”—hundreds gathered to celebrate the Augsburg University name change. The day’s excitement began early for the Class of 2021 as these students prepared for Opening Convocation, and it steadily gained momentum as students processed into Hoversten Chapel surrounded by the applause of Augsburg faculty and staff.
After inspiring messages and music were shared during the convocation, Auggies recessed from the chapel, and the University kick-off celebration began. The Quad was buzzing with activity as stilt-walkers, Somali and Haitian dancers, musicians, and more greeted guests who gathered to celebrate the Augsburg community’s tremendous efforts and achievements in making the name change a reality. President Paul C. Pribbenow made “Augsburg University Day” official by displaying our proclamation, signed by Governor Mark Dayton, and applauded the collective effort taken to re-present Augsburg to the world.
This change, as Pribbenow previously described it, was about “embracing the best of our past, present, and future.” It was about carrying out our vision to be a “new kind of student-centered, urban university,” and “to pivot from either/or to both/and.”
As we welcomed the most diverse class in Augsburg’s history, and as we reaffirmed our commitment to be a safe place for all students, we took our first great stride as Augsburg University toward realizing that powerful and timely vision.