View the live stream videos from Saturday's Commencement featuring remarks by President Oliver, Dr. Peter Schotten's address, "A Birthright of Freedom," "Making a Place," by Molly Kokesh and the surprise lightsaber "knighting" of graduating senior Aaron Munce.
Michaela Bernard, Logan Bulock, Maria Cook, Kathryn Johnson, Amanda Knowler and Katherine Sturgeon have been inducted into the College's Upsilon Omicron chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.
Augustana students Laura Bane, Sydney Fleming, Sabrina Johnson, Madeline Nykamp, Megan Soe and Elle Onisciuc have been inducted into the College's Mu Alpha chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society.
Seniors Spencer Hopewell and Molly Kokesh, and juniors Andrew Gardner and Jeff Nielsen have been inducted into the Augustana chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the national honor society for students of German.
"We hold our neighbors in Oklahoma in prayer today," said Dr. Rev. Paul Rohde, Augustana's campus pastor. Those interested in supporting relief efforts for the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma can bring donations or contributions to the Chapel of Reconciliation by Friday, May 24. Gifts will be forwarded via the Lutheran Disaster Response, a division of the ELCA.
An op-ed in "Echoes," the business history blog of Bloomberg View, by Augustana's Dr. Robert Wright, Nef Family Chair of Political Economy, argues that "the uproar over allegations of politically motivated investigations by the Internal Revenue Service shouldn’t be surprising."
Augustana has announced that 413 students will graduate this weekend, with the commencement ceremony honoring the class of 2013 set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Elmen Center. Doors open for seating at 1 p.m.
Senior Kelly Silvers (Chaska, Minn.) has received the 2013 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award from the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), an honor recognizing a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken.
An estate gift of $2.5 million from alumnus Dick Niebuhr, class of 1966, a native of Huron, S.D., and longtime resident of Aberdeen, S.D., will be used to support scholarships for Augustana’s top incoming students beginning in the 2014-15 academic year.