Class of 2022 To Celebrate Commencement May 21The Gustavus Class of 2022 weathered the pandemic and thrived through adversity on their collective path to graduation.
Posted on May 20th, 2022 by

Photo by Nick Theisen ’15

The 556 graduates of the Gustavus Adolphus College Class of 2022 will graduate on Saturday, May 21, with an on-campus, in-person commencement ceremony beginning at 1:45 p.m. on Hollingsworth Field.

Most of the graduates began their time at Gustavus in the fall of 2018, spending a full year on campus—living in Norelius or Pittman Hall with their new classmates, attending small, discussion-based classes in academic buildings across campus, and getting involved in one or more of the College’s 120+ student organizations—before the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted courses in the spring of their sophomore year. After an uncertain junior year marked by a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online courses, they returned to campus full-time as seniors, finishing their last spring on the hill with a more typical residential liberal arts experience at Gustavus.

Among this talented class of students, researchers, artists, musicians, and athletes, this resilient group includes a nurse who plans to serve in the military, an environmental advocate from the island of Mauritius, a winner and three semifinalists for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award, a plaintiff in the Juliana v. United States constitutional climate change lawsuit who was a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship, the baccalaureate speaker who plans to move to New Orleans to serve as a VA Medical Center nurse, those who fulfilled their dream of studying internationally despite the pandemic, a finalist for the Schwarzman Scholarship to study business in China, and the Student Senate co-president who will deliver the commencement address on Saturday.

Use #Gusties22 on social media to share the excitement, messages of gratitude, and advice for the graduating seniors! Look for Gustavus stickers on Instagram and filters on Snapchat to celebrate the Class of 2022!

Weather permitting, Commencement will be held on Hollingsworth Field (no tickets required).

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move indoors to Lund Center Arena (ice arena), where tickets will be required. Each graduate will receive three tickets to distribute to guests. Additional guests may watch the ceremony from the Lund Forum.

More information, full schedules, and reminders for graduates are available at the Gustavus commencement website.

Schedule | Saturday, May 21

7 – 9 a.m. | Market Place open for breakfast (a la carte)

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Information Desk Open (Lower level of C. Charles Jackson Campus Center)

9 a.m. | Baccalaureate Service (tickets required)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Geology Museum Open (Nobel Hall of Science, first floor)

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Hillstrom Museum of Art Open featuring work by Class of 2022 art majors

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Book Mark Open (Lower level of C. Charles Jackson Campus Center)

10:30 a.m. | Baccalaureate Service (tickets required)

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Commencement Buffett (Evelyn Young Dining Room, tickets required)

12 p.m. | Gates open to Hollingsworth Field

12:45 p.m. | Graduates line up in Christ Chapel (Lund Center in case of inclement weather)

1:15 p.m. | Musical Prelude featuring the Gustavus Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Patrick Miller

1:45 p.m. | Commencement Procession of graduates into Hollingsworth Field

2 p.m. | Commencement Exercises

4 p.m. | Formal Department Receptions (Eckman Mall, Lund Forum in case of inclement weather)


Watch live below or on the Gustavus commencement website.








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One Comment

  1. Dr. M. C. Watt says:

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