2017 Graduation at Finlandia University

Graduation at Finlandia University

2017 Finlandia University Graduation

2017 Graduation Day Schedule

  • Sunday, April 30, 2017
  • Baccalaureate: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Chapel of St. Matthew
  • Graduation Lunch: 11 a.m. to 12: p.m. at the Finlandia Hall Café
  • Commencement: 1:30 p.m. at the Paavo Nurmi Gym


Shelby Winter Finlandia University SpeakerGraduates will assemble in the strength and conditioning room located in the lower level of the gym. Please arrive at 12:45 to begin lining up.

Depending on the number of graduates and speakers, the ceremony lasts between one and a half to two hours. Graduates will be presented with a diploma cover during the ceremony. Individual diplomas will be mailed at a later time to the address provided on the application for graduation. Graduates who do not participate in the ceremony will be mailed their diplomas. Diploma covers will not be mailed but can be picked up at the registrar’s office.

There is no limit on the number of guests you may invite. Tickets are not required. Seating is on a first-come, first serve basis. There is floor seating with folding chairs and bleacher seating. Those who have guests requiring special reserved seating (limited mobility or wheelchair access) should notify ushers, who will be at commencement rehearsal, or contact Alyson DeLandsheer (contact information posted at the bottom of this page). A maximum of four seats may be reserved for each graduate.

Most commencement parking is located in the lot in front of Finlandia Hall and the south entrance of the Paavo Nurmi Athletic Center, which is accessed via Scott Street. Those requiring barrier-free access should go to the west entrance at Paavo Nurmi parking area behind Finlandia Hall. This is accessed via Scott Street, top of the hill, turn right at Elm Street. There is a barrier-free entrance and parking at the west end of the Paavo Nurmi Athletic Center.


Manu Virtamo currently serves as the Consul General of Finland to New York. Virtamo has been with the Foreign Service of Finland for the last 36 years, holding more than a dozen positions during that time.

Most recently that included serving as the Ambassador of Finland to Japan from 2013-16.

His current stint in the U.S. is his fourth.

He served as Consul General of Finland to Los Angeles from 2004-08 and as Minister-Counselor of Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. from 1991-94 and 2000-04. Virtamo graduated from University of Helsinki in 1979.

Learn more about Consul General Virtamo


Matt McLaughlin is a West Bloomfield, Michigan native graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology.

McLaughlin is graduating summa cum laude after maintaining a 3.99 grade point average.

He was a four-year athlete with the Finlandia Lions hockey team. In addition to graduation, this weekend he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army after spending four years in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

He plans to stay active with the army as a Medical Service Officer and continue his path toward medical school.

Learn more about McLaughlin on Finlandia Fridays


At Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), Jordan Siegler works with corporate and community partners that wish to align their marketing and philanthropic efforts with WPT’s and PBS’s mission to educate, entertain and inspire.

A member of Wisconsin Broadcast & Media Innovations’ Change Team, and recent participant in a national diversity and inclusion summit with PBS, Jordan is recognized as an advocate for equity, inclusion and diversity within public media’s workplace culture and products.

Jordan serves as board president for The ArtWrite Collective, co-president of Finlandia University’s Alumni Board, director-at-large on Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Volunteers Board, and grants review panelist for Dane Arts.

Following one year of studies in Kuopio, Finland, Jordan graduated with honors from Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design with a BFA in sustainable design.

He and his partner (both proud Yoopers) live in Madison, Wisconsin.

Learn more about Siegler in his Finlandia Success story


A complementary Graduation Lunch will be served at the Finlandia Hall Cafe from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on graduation day for graduates, their guests, and Finlandia faculty. We hope you will attend.


Finlandia University honors its graduating students with this religious farewell service. The Baccalaureate ceremony lasts approximately one hour. The ceremony is open to the public, with no limit on the number of guests graduates may invite. Tickets are not required. Baccalaureate will be held in the Chapel of Saint Matthew.  There is no need to wear your ceremony attire, please come in your Sunday best!


Commencement rehearsal will take place on Friday, April 28 at 11 a.m. in the Paavo Nurmi Gym. You will find your seat and receive other instructions at the rehearsal. A run through of the ceremony will take place. Please attend if at all possible. If you are unable to attend rehearsal and plan to participate in commencement, please contact Alyson DeLandsheer for information (contact information below).


All graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony are required to wear caps and gowns, with the exception of ROTC graduates, who may wear their military uniforms. There is no cost to the student for his or her cap and gown, unless the order is placed past the deadline. Students must be measured for their caps and gowns at North Wind Books from February 20-26, 2017. Contact Alana Nolan at North Wind Books for further information (contact information below).Honors regalia and tassels should be worn with the cap and gown. No other objects, streamers, sashes, neckties, etc. may be attached to or worn outside of the cap and gown and only the mortarboard cap may be worn. Please note that the gowns are semi-transparent and this should be taken into consideration when determining what to wear under the gown.

Honors regalia and tassels should be worn with the cap and gown. No other objects, streamers, sashes, neckties, etc. may be attached to or worn outside of the cap and gown and only the mortarboard cap may be worn. Please note that the gowns are semi-transparent and this should be taken into consideration when determining what to wear under the gown.


Graduation honors are determined by a student’s cumulative GPA at Finlandia University. To achieve graduation honors at the associate degree level, students must have earned a minimum of 30 credits at Finlandia University. To achieve graduation honors at the baccalaureate degree level, students must have earned a minimum of 60 credits at Finlandia University.



For those graduating spring or summer of 2017, please be aware that you are required to complete an
d submit a graduation application. This application will be audited to verify whether or not you have completed all requirements for graduation. These should be returned as soon as possible. Students that do not submit this in advance of the January 2017 semester may risk not having all required classes for graduation.

Your advisor can help you fill out the form and work to have the information as accurate as possible prior to you submitting it. The graduation application has been emailed to your advisors or you can download it from the link below.

If there are any questions regarding the process, contact the registrar’s office.


Students who successfully complete their degree requirements by the end of the spring semester, and have applied for graduation, are generally eligible to participate in the spring baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies. A student must achieve, by mid-term of the semester, a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above, and no incomplete (I) grades may appear on a student’s transcript after March 30th.

An Associate degree student who has six or less credits to complete, and has registered to complete those credits during the summer session immediately following the ceremony, may participate in the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.

Bachelor degree students who have two remaining program-required courses at the 300/400 level, and are registered to complete those courses during the summer session immediately following spring commencement are eligible to participate in the spring Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.


Typically completed prior to graduation, the purpose of a degree audit is to confirm that all degree program requirements have been fulfilled. After students register for their final semester at Finlandia University, they should apply for both graduation and a degree audit.

To track progress fulfilling degree program requirements, academic progress sheets for all programs are available at the registrar’s office and in the Finlandia University Catalog. For each academic program, the progress sheet lists course requirements on one side and suggested course sequence on the reverse. Each academic year, progress sheets are updated to reflect any program changes.

Students follow the progress sheet applicable to their year of entry into Finlandia University. Alternately, students may choose to follow program and degree requirements on a subsequent progress sheet. However, students may not combine requirements from progress sheets of different academic years. Students who interrupt their schooling at Finlandia University for more than one academic year forfeit the option to follow the Academic Progress Sheet of their original year of entry.


To be granted a second bachelor’s degree from Finlandia University in a different program, program requirements completed for the second bachelor’s degree must total at least 36 credits beyond the credits completed for the first bachelor’s degree. To be granted a second associate degree in a different program, program requirements completed for the second associate degree must total at least 24 credits beyond the credits completed for the first associate degree.


Alyson DeLandsheerCoordinator of University RelationsFinlandia Universityalyson.delandsheer@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7339
Alana NolanManager, North Wind BooksFinlandia Universityalana.nolan@finlandia.edu906-487-7309
Jason SullivanUniversity RegistrarFinlandia Universityjason.sullivan@finlandia.edu906-487-7272
Tracy HendersonAdministrative Coordinator, Academic and Student AffairsFinlandia Universitytracy.henderson@finlandia.edu906-487-7396

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