Luther College to celebrate Commencement May 24

Luther College will celebrate Commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 24, in Carlson Stadium when President Paula Carlson will confer the Bachelor of Arts degree on Luther's class of 2015. Mike Danforth, a 1995 graduate of Luther and executive producer of National Public Radio's "Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!" will give the commencement speech.

Tickets are required for those attending 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

Luther Commencement weekend events begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21, with a Senior Send-Off at Hotel Winneshiek's Steyer Opera House and Ballroom.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, 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 and director of the jazz program, will perform in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Saturday events include the Nurse Pinning Ceremony for nursing majors of the class of 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Music Hall; the Social Work Program Celebration from 10 a.m.-noon in the Helen Farwell Lounge in Farwell Hall; the Education Department Senior Recognition Ceremony from 10 a.m.-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 Dahl Centennial Union Dining Hall from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. Cost for the luncheon is $8.50 per person.

The Saturday Music Showcase is at 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The program includes a performance by Luther's Nordic Choir, directed by Allen Hightower, Luther professor of music and director of choral activities, followed by the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Baldwin, Luther professor of 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, a celebration and sending ceremony for the class of 2015, is at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. Guests are to be seated by 7:45 p.m. 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 service lasts for one hour. This ecumenical service includes prayer petitions that celebrate the diversity of religious traditions represented in the graduating class. The ceremony will be streamed live at Audio recordings are available upon request from the Office of Campus 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 weekend concludes with the Commencement ceremony Sunday at 10 a.m. in Carlson Stadium.

Rain location for the ceremony is the Regents Center. For weather-related announcements check the Luther College Facebook page, or the Luther College Twitter feed, or call (563) 387-1732 after 7 a.m. Sunday, May 24.

For the full schedule, including updates and more detailed information, view the Luther College Commencement website: