2017 Commencement set for Sunday, May 28

The day will begin with baccalaureate services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The Class of 2017 procession into the stadium begins at 1:45 p.m.
Posted on May 26th, 2017 by

UPDATE | Sunday, May 28, 8:30 a.m.: The weather is clear and today’s commencement exercises will be held outside on Hollingsworth Field as scheduled.

Gustavus Adolphus College will conclude its 155th academic year with the 2017 commencement exercises at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 28 at Hollingsworth Field.

Tickets are not required for guests if the ceremony is held outdoors. If the weather forces commencement to be moved indoors to the Lund Center Arena, each student will receive three tickets for family and friends to sit in the indoor ceremony area. An overflow area will be available in the Lund Center Forum for attendees to watch a live telecast of the ceremony.

During the ceremony, senior Lily Benge Briggs of Grantsburg, Wis. will deliver remarks on behalf of the Class of 2017. The Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching will be presented to a member of the faculty by last year’s winner, Professor of History Eric Carlson. After crossing the stage, graduates will receive their diplomas from faculty members in their respective majors, continuing a Gustavus tradition that began in 1973.

Earlier in the morning, the College will host a pair of baccalaureate services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Complimentary tickets for the baccalaureate services can be reserved online at gustavustickets.com. A commencement buffet will be held in the Evelyn Young Dining Room of the Jackson Campus Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for the buffet are $16 each and $7 for children under the age of six. Buffet tickets are available at gustavustickets.com.

For more information about commencement, including a list of answers to frequently asked questions, please visit gustavus.edu/commencement. A full schedule of the weekend is also available online. Questions can be directed to the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

WATCH LIVE: The 2017 commencement exercises will be streamed online at gustavus.edu/commencement.

Social Media: Use #Gusties17 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share pictures and thoughts from commencement. Follow the conversation online at the College’s #Gusties17 social stream.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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