Luther College to celebrate Commencement May 27

Luther College will celebrate Commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 27, in Carlson Stadium when President Paula Carlson will confer the Bachelor of Arts degree on Luther's class of 2018. BJ Nichols, Luther alumnus and partner at Ernst & Young, 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

Nichols, a native of Decorah, was a staple on campus as he was growing up. He attended Luther, graduating in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in management and Spanish. He received his Master of Business Administration from Babson College in 2004.

He currently works in the Insurance and Federal Claims Services sector for Ernst and Young helping companies and governments recover financially following catastrophic loss. Most recently his work has taken him to the Caribbean to assist with recovery efforts following hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017. A frequent speaker and writer on complex business interruption and property damage claims, Nichols also teaches courses on financial modeling, economic damages and lost profits.

Looking back on his education, Nichols expressed that the liberal arts creates "a broad base of knowledge to provide you context for thinking, demonstrated ability to think critically and independently, and an aptitude for synthesizing information from disparate sources."

Luther Commencement weekend events begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24, with a Senior Send-Off in the Cafeteria and Marty's in Dahl Centennial Union.

Nordic Choir, directed by Andrew Last, Luther director of choral activities and assistant 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 25, 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 26, include the 9:30 a.m. Nurse Pinning Ceremony for nursing graduates in the class of 2018 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 Dahl Centennial Union Cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost for the luncheon is $9.95 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 26, 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.

The Senior Art Exhibition Reception will be held in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Center for the Arts.

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 Jennaya Robison, 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 27, 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 27.

Following the Commencement ceremony, Commencement Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cafeteria in Dahl Centennial Union. Cost for lunch is $9.95; 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/.

BJ Nichols