On May 21, Luther celebrated Commencement for the class of 2023, which included 379 new graduates. Sharran Srivatsaa ’01 was the Commencement speaker. He is the president of Real, the fastest-growing publicly traded real estate brokerage in the world.
Myke Shed ’23 received the Elizabeth A. and Paul G. Jenson Medal. Shed was a member and captain of the men’s basketball team, president of the Black Student Union, and member of Luther’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. He worked as an Admissions lead student ambassador and as a Junior Norse Skills Camps counselor/mentor.
Shed says, “The Jenson Medal is especially humbling for me because it came from my classmates and friends who deemed me worthy enough to represent Luther College and the amazingly talented class of 2023. These are the same people who I entered Luther College with as strangers, and now, four years later, we are leaving as friends, teammates, brothers, and sisters. This is an honor that I will forever cherish and hold near and dear to my heart.”
This fall, Shed begins a master’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago.
Amanda Weber ’08 received the Young Alumni Award. Weber founded Voices of Hope, a choral organization providing singing opportunities in Minnesota state prisons. She also serves as director of worship and the arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.
Receiving the award, Weber says, “has me reflecting on so many ways in which my college experience shaped me. I am so grateful for the memories—the mentoring from faculty who continue to inspire me, the challenging new ideas, the opportunities for leadership, and of course the lasting friendships.”