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Commencement Speakers

Keynote speaker

R.T. Rybak

R.T. Rybak has served as President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation since July of 2016.

As leader of one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, Rybak oversees the management of nearly $800 million in assets; the administration of more than 1,300 charitable funds created by individuals, families, and businesses; and the average annual distribution of more than $70 million in grants.

A Minneapolis native, R.T. Rybak spent almost 30 years working in journalism, the commercial real estate business, publishing and the Internet before being elected mayor of Minneapolis (2002-2013) in his first run for public office. Most recently he served as Executive Director of Generation Next a coalition of civic, business and school leaders focused on closing the racial achievement gap in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

He is the author of “Pothole Confidential” about his 12 years as Mayor of Minneapolis.  He and his wife Megan O’Hara, have two grown children.


Student Speaker

Each year, one graduating student is selected to deliver the student commencement address at Augsburg’s commencement ceremony. The student commencement speaker is selected through a nomination and selection process held each spring. The call for nominations from faculty and staff is distributed to the community via Amail in late January, and the speaker is selected by mid-February.  For more information about the student speakers or the nominations process, please contact Nathan Hallanger in the Provost’s office at or by calling 612.330.1674.