Commencement schedule: Luther to celebrate commencement May 23

The 2010 Luther commencement schedule can be found at

April 30, 2010

Luther College will celebrate commencement Sunday, May 23, at 10 a.m. in Carlson Stadium. Tickets are required to attend the ceremony.

Five hundred forty-one graduates of the Luther class of 2010 will receive bachelor of arts degrees.

Commencement speaker will be Philip O. Geier, executive director and co-founder of Davis United World Colleges.

The ceremonies will include the presentation of the Jenson Medal, honoring an outstanding member of the class of 2010. Selected by ballot of classmates, the Jenson Medal recipient demonstrates the ideas of the college through service to students and the community.

The 2010 recipient of the Luther Young Alumni Award will also be announced at the May 23 ceremonies. The award is presented to a Luther graduate who has demonstrated achievement, leadership, service, character and ethic that exemplify the college mission.

Physically challenged ticketed guests are invited to view the ceremonies from on the Dahl Centennial Union terrace or on the Carlson Stadium track. Those with a hearing impairment should contact the Campus Programming Office (563) 387-1291, in advance to request the services of a certified signer and secure special seating.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Regents Center.

Guests without tickets will find closed-circuit television viewing in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall, Helen Farwell Lounge in Farwell Hall, and Marty’s in Dahl Centennial Union.

Luther commencement weekend events begin Thursday evening with a senior send-off from 7-11 p.m. at the Steyer Opera House and Ballroom in Decorah’s Hotel Winneshiek. The Luther College Student Senate and Alumni Office will host a memorable evening of music, dancing, conversation and fun.

Luther College Concert Band will perform Friday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

The Nursing Pinning ceremony for nursing majors of the class of 2010 will be held in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22.

The Senior Athlete Recognition Ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.

An all-college picnic will be held on the Preus Library Lawn Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees should dress comfortably and bring a blanket to sit on. Rain location will be the Dahl Centennial Union cafeteria. Cost for the picnic is $7.

Baccalaureate will be at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. Guests are to be seated by 7:45 p.m.

Baccalaureate is a time for seniors and their families to gather with the Luther community to celebrate and give thanks for the students’ years at Luther. Audio recordings of the service are available upon request from the Office of College Ministries ( There will be a freewill offering designated to local and global charities in honor of the senior class.

The commencement ceremony will begin Sunday at 10 a.m. Tickets are required for admission and guests should be seated by 9:45 a.m.

Call (563) 387-1732 after 7:00 a.m. Sunday, May 23, for weather-related announcements. Should the ceremony be moved to the Regents Center, four tickets will be valid per graduate; other attendees are invited to view the ceremony via large-screen, closed-circuit television in the Center for Faith and Life.

A commencement brunch will be held following the ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dahl Centennial Union cafeteria. No reservations are required. Cost is $7.

For more updates and information view the Luther College commencement website at

All smiles at commencement