Commencement Weekend Events

Thursday, May 19

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Senior Send-Off

Cafeteria, Dahl Centennial Union

The graduating class is invited to join an evening of fine dining, reflections and toasts to celebrate and kick-off Commencement weekend festivities. This event is free to all seniors to commemorate their time as Luther students and to officially welcome them to the Luther College Alumni Association! This event is sponsored by the Offices of Alumni Relations and Student Engagement. RSVP by Monday, May 16.

Friday, May 20

7:30 p.m.

Friday Showcase Concert

Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Symphony Orchestra—Daniel Baldwin, conductor

(Due to illness, Nordic Choir will not perform this evening as originally scheduled.)

View via livestream here.

Saturday, May 21

9:30 a.m.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall


10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Social Work Program Celebration

Farwell Hall, Helen Farwell Lounge


10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Education Department

Senior Open House Reception

Center for the Arts, Atrium  


10 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Political Science Reception

Baker Commons 


10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Senior Athlete Recognition Ceremony

Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall


1:00 –3:00 p.m.

International Studies Senior Reception

Koren 217


1:30 pm

Saturday Showcase Concert

Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Concert Band—Cory Near, conductor

Jazz Orchestra—Juan Tony Guzmán ’90, conductor

4-6 p.m.

View via livestream here.


Environmental Studies Reception

Dahl Centennial Union, Mott-Borlaug Rooms


4–5 p.m.

Senior Art Exhibition Reception

Center for the Arts, Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery   


4:30-6 p.m.

English Department Senior Reception

Sampson-Hoffland's Carlson Atrium


8 p.m.


Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Preacher: Melissa Bills, director of College Ministries and college pastor

Choir: Collegiate Chorale

Guests are to be seated by 7:45 p.m. Graduates wear their caps and gowns and will process and sit together as a class. This is a service of music, blessings, and prayers for graduates and their families. Reflecting the “rooted and open” nature of our Lutheran college and its ministries, this service is for all students, families, and guests, across denominations and faith traditions. A freewill offering will be taken and designated to local and global charities in honor of the senior class.

View via livestream here.


9 p.m.

“Ring the Bell” Reception

Bentdahl Commons

From the Baccalaureate service, graduates and families will process toward Bentdahl Commons. Graduates are invited to commemorate their Luther student experience by ringing the Luther Bell and joining their families and guests for post-Baccalaureate treats and fellowship.


Sunday, May 22

9 a.m.


Carlson Stadium

Speakers: Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson

Tickets are required for stadium seating. Please be seated by 8:45 a.m. 



Book Shop, Dahl Centennial Union

  • Friday, 8:45 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Center for Faith and Life

  • Friday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Sunday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Dahl Centennial Union

  • Friday, 7 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 7 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 6 a.m.–8 p.m.

Art Exhibits

Art Majors Senior Group Show: an exhibition featuring selections from studio projects by graduating seniors

Center for the Arts, Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery | Senior Group Show, mixed media

  • Friday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, CLOSED

Dining Services

Oneota Market, Nordic Brew, and the Dining Hall are in Dahl Centennial Union. No reservations are required.

Friday, May 20


  • 7–9 a.m. Breakfast ($8.00)
  • 11 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch ($11.00)
  • 5–6:30 p.m. Dinner ($12.00)

Oneota Market

  • 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Nordic Brew

  • 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Saturday, May 21


  • 7–9 a.m. Breakfast ($8.00)
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch ($11.00)
  • 5–6:30 p.m. Dinner ($12.00)

Nordic Brew

  • 7:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 22


  • 7–10:30 a.m. Breakfast ($8.00)
  • 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Commencement Family Lunch ($11.00)
                                No reservations required

Nordic Brew

  • 7 a.m.–2 p.m.