Commencement and Live Webstream

Event Details

Date: May 19 - May 21, 2016

Augustana University will recognize the achievements of the Class of 2016 throughout commencement weekend, set for May 19-21.

The following is a complete schedule of events for the weekend, including details for the live webstream of the ceremony.

Thursday, May 19

"A Suite Farewell" — President Oliver's Party for the Senior Class
6 - 8 p.m., Kirkeby-Over Stadium

Senior celebration

Members of the Class of 2016 are invited to join President Rob and Angie Oliver at Kirkeby-Over Stadium for "a suite farewell" as a celebration of their Augustana experience. The evening will include games and a class photo on the field, followed by food and fun in the President's Suite.

This event is exclusively for graduating seniors and is free of charge. Register online.


Friday, May 20

Commencement Rehearsal
10 a.m.
Elmen Center, 2505 S. Grange Ave.
Rehearsal attendance is required. All candidates for graduation must either be present or have a stand-in for rehearsal.

Reception for Civitas GraduateReception for Civitass
1 p.m.
Center for Western Studies, 2121 S. Summit Ave.

The Civitas Honors Program serves as reception host for its graduates, their families, and their friends. Enjoy good conversation and see Civitas graduates receive their honorary gold stoles.

Refreshments will be served.

Nurse Pinning Ceremony
4 p.m.
Nurse pinning ceremonyOur Savior's Lutheran Church, 909 W. 33rd St. (just across the street from campus)

Hear reflections from 2016 nursing graduates and see members of the class receive their nurse pins, presented by nursing department faculty members.

Reception to follow in the Gathering Space at Our Savior's.

Senior Celebration
6 p.m.
Sioux Falls Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1201 N. West Ave.

senior celebrationFeaturing dinner, entertainment, and "The Last Lecture," presented by Dr. Andrew Strandjord, the 2016 Augustana Student Association Faculty Award Winner, this special evening offers students, parents, faculty, and staff the opportunity to gather and celebrate the legacy of the class together.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Saturday, May 21

10 a.m.
Elmen Center, 2505 S. Grange Ave.
Baccalaureate, a festive worship service ahead of CommencementSeniors, family members and faculty/staff are invited to join us for Baccalaureate, a festive worship service accompanied by the Augustana Orchestra and The Augustana Choir. Graduates should arrive by 9:30 a.m. to robe and line up. Caps and gowns should be worn. No tickets required.

The Rev. Ann Elizabeth Rosendale, campus pastor, will deliver the message.

11 a.m.
Ordal Dining Room, Morrison Commons
Cost (includes tax) is $13.50 per person; $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets sold at the door.
NOTE: This meal is included for Augustana students participating in the 2015-16 meal plan; tickets for these students are not required.

2 p.m.
Sioux Falls Arena, 1201 N. West Ave.

Congratulations Class of 2016! We're looking forward to celebrating you!

Tickets are not required. Doors open for seating at 1 p.m. Seating is general admission.

Graduates should arrive by 1:15 p.m. to robe and line up. Graduates: Wear caps and gowns.

Can't make it to campus for the ceremony? Watch it live online beginning at 2 p.m.

Official Hashtag for Commencement: #AugieGrad

Connect with other families, alumni and students during graduation via social media by using the #AugieGrad hashtag. Post about your travels to campus, the speaker, the joys of seeing your son/daughter/brother/sister/friend graduate from Augustana!

Contact Information:

Phone: 605.274.5417 or 800.727.2844