Schedule of Inaugural Events

Inaugurating the Next Chapter

Join us September 10-16 for a series of events celebrating the inauguration of Stephanie Herseth Sandlin as the 24th president of Augustana University.

Sunday, Sept. 10

  • Augustana Sunday
    Celebrations and prayers for Augustana and President Herseth Sandlin in churches throughout the Sioux Falls area and across the country.

Monday, Sept. 11

  • Service of Blessing
    10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation
  • Great Professors Faculty Symposium
    3-4:30 p.m., Mikkelson Auditorium, Froiland Science Complex, and on Facebook Live
  • Dinner with the President
    President Herseth Sandlin, her husband, Max, and son, Zachary, will join Augustana students for a fun and festive dinner featuring Sandlin family favorites and throwback photos. 
    5-7 p.m., Ordal Dining Room, Morrison Commons

Tuesday, Sept. 12

  • Service Project: Food Sort and Food Drive for Feeding South Dakota
    10 a.m.-2 p.m., Elmen Center Hall Forum (west court)
    Read more about this campus-wide community service project.
  • Tables of Content: Chapter 24
    4:30-6:30 p.m., Froiland Science Complex
    Ahead of Augustana's next chapter, members of the Sioux Falls business community were invited to join us for an event featuring hors d'oeuvres, good conversation with President Herseth Sandlin, and Humanitas Wines, presented by Jessup Cellars and now available in South Dakota.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

  • Worship
    10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation
    President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will speak.
  • Student Research and Creativity Symposium
    3-4:30 p.m., Mikkelson Auditorium and the halls of the Froiland Science Complex
    Students from each academic division presented their undergraduate research findings, displayed artwork and read from their literary works at this event.
  • Pints with the President
    5-8 p.m., Fernson Brewing Company Taproom
    An event for Augustana alumni featuring a variety of local brews, food, good conversation and lawn games.

Thursday, Sept. 14

  • Dedication of new Nelsen and Balcer Apartment Buildings
    10 a.m., Summit Avenue
    Learn more about the apartments.
  • Inaugural Tea with President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
    Noon, Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    (This event is invitation-only.)
  • Augustana Volleyball vs. Southwest Minnesota State
    6 p.m., Elmen Center

Friday, Sept. 15

  • Inaugural Worship
    10 a.m., Chapel of Reconciliation
    Join us in prayer and celebration for the inauguration and presidency of Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
  • Inaugural Luncheon
    11:30 a.m., Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    (This event is invitation-only.)
  • Inauguration Ceremony
    3:30 p.m., Elmen Center, and livestreamed at
    Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m.
    Robing begins at 2:45 p.m.
  • Inaugural Reception
    Following the Ceremony, Elmen Center
  • Field of Dreams — A Campus Community Celebration
    6:30-9 p.m., Karras Park

Saturday, Sept. 16

  • Augustana Soccer vs. University of Mary
    11 a.m., Morstad Field
  • Augustana Football vs. Bemidji State
    1 p.m., Kirkeby-Over Stadium