Event Details

The Spark! was a blue tie affair that celebrated the Augustana like always and gave you a taste of the Augustana like never before. Tickets are no longer available.

6:00 p.m. — The Walk Through History

  • Three levels of historic galleries featuring life-size vintage and modern photos recounting the College’s 150-year history
  • Period-themed food
  • Cash bars
  • Live music
  • Re-enactments of iconic figures in Augustana’s history

8:00 p.m. — The 150-Year Celebration & Concert

  • Message from Rob Oliver
  • Live music and special performances
  • Presentation of the Spirit of Augustana Awards
  • Premiere of “Skol! Augustana at 150,” a film about the College’s history that includes never-before-seen vintage footage and stars students, alumni, administrators and faculty members 
  • And a few surprises!

9:30 p.m. — The Sesquicentennial Ball

  • Live Music by the Northlanders Jazz Band
  • Dancing
  • Drinks and desserts


“At Augustana, our flame is lit by the thousands of exceptional sparks that have graced our institution since 1860. From the first flicker felt by our Scandinavian founders 150 years ago, to the eternal flame that burns in each and every student, professor and staff member, the story of the Augustana Spark lives inside each and every one of us. We’re excited to celebrate that energy, and our history, with the campus community, alumni and friends on April 16.”
President Rob Oliver