Luther to celebrate Commencement May 21

Luther College will celebrate Commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 21, in Carlson Stadium when President Paula Carlson will confer the Bachelor of Arts degree on Luther's class of 2017. John A. Nunes, president of Concordia College–New York, will give the commencement address.

Tickets are required to attend the ceremony. Guests with tickets should be seated by 9:45 a.m.

Guests without tickets will be able to view the live stream of the ceremony in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall and Marty's in the lower level of Dahl Centennial Union. The ceremony will be streamed live at stream.luther.edu

During the Commencement ceremony, Luther College will award honorary degrees to Nunes and Øyvind T. Gulliksen, professor emeritus of American literature and culture at the University College of Southeast Norway. Since 2015, Gulliksen has served as an honorary research scholar in Luther's Nordic Studies program, transcribing the recently discovered letters of Elisabeth Koren.

An ordained Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod minister, Nunes was president and chief executive officer of Lutheran World Relief from 2007 to 2013. Lutheran World Relief is an international, non-profit organization working to end poverty, injustice and human suffering worldwide.

Luther Commencement weekend events begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18, with a Senior Send-Off in the Cafeteria and Marty's in Dahl Centennial Union.

Nordic Choir, directed by Kenneth Fulton, Luther visiting professor of music, and the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of music and director of orchestra activities, will perform a Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission and will be streamed at stream.luther.edu/music.

Events on Saturday, May 20, include the 9:30 a.m. Nurse Pinning Ceremony for nursing graduates in the class of 2017 in the Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music; the Social Work Program Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon in the Helen Farwell Lounge in Farwell Hall; the Education Department Senior Recognition Open House from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Center for the Arts; and the Senior Athlete Recognition Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Luther will host an all-college luncheon in the Cafeteria in Dahl Centennial Union Cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost for the luncheon is $9.75 per person. No reservations are required.

Concert Band, directed by Joan deAlbuquerque, Luther associate professor of music and director of bands, and Jazz Orchestra, directed by Juan Tony Guzmán, Luther professor of music and director of the jazz program, will perform a Showcase Concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission and will be streamed at stream.luther.edu/music.

Two events will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Center for the Arts: the Diversity Center Graduation Reception in the atrium and the Senior Art Exhibition Reception in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery.

Baccalaureate is at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Guests are to be seated by 7:45 p.m. The ceremony will be streamed live at stream.luther.edu. Audio recordings are available upon request from the Office of College Ministries, [email protected] or (563) 387-1040. A freewill offering will be taken and designated to local and global charities in honor of the senior class. The celebratory worship service includes hymns, prayers and blessings for graduates and their families, as well as special anthems sung by Collegiate Chorale, directed by Andrew Last, Luther assistant professor of music. This ecumenical service includes prayer petitions that celebrate the diversity of religious traditions represented in the graduating class.

The weekend concludes with the Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 21, in Carlson Stadium.

Rain location for the ceremony is the Regents Center. For weather-related announcements check the Luther College Facebook page, https://luther.edu/commencement or the Luther College Twitter feed, or call (563) 387-1732 after 7 a.m. Sunday, May 21.

Following the Commencement ceremony, Commencement Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cafeteria in Dahl Centennial Union. Cost for brunch is $9.75, no reservations are required.

For the full schedule, including updates and more detailed information, view the Luther College Commencement website: https://www.luther.edu/commencement/schedule/.

John A. Nunes