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Opening Convocation

August 27, 2018 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

All employees and students are invited to the opening convocation at Finlandia University on Monday, August 27 beginning at 4:15 p.m. The event will begin with a grand march from Finlandia Hall to the Paavo Nurmi Center where the majority of the event will take place. Below is a brief look at the events. Immediately following the convocation, all in attendance are invited to Finlandia Hall for a spaghetti feed. The event will feature live music, introductions to student groups and student leaders, and more as the 121st school year commences.

  • 4:15 p.m. – All attending gather in the Finlandia Hall Café
  • 4:25 p.m. – Grand march from Finlandia Hall to Paavo Nurmi Center
  • 4:30 p.m. – Opening Convocation Begins
    • Introduction from Campus Pastor Rev. Soren Schmidt
    • Remarks from President Philip Johnson
    • Keynote Speakers Jim Holmberg and Hector Colon
    • Sing Alma Mater Song
    • Guest Speaker Bobby Robins
    • Sing Finlandia Fight Song
    • Benediction / Dismissal to Finlandia Hall Café for Dinner
  • All proceed to Finlandia Hall Café for Community Meal

About Hector Colon

Hector Colon is 7x National Boxing Champion and current President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

About James Holmberg

James Holmberg is a former pastor in the U.P., who now serves as Director of Church Relations with Lutheran Social Services  of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

About Bobby Robins

Bobby Robins is a former National Hockey League player. He played for the Boston Bruins, He is from Peshtigo, Wisconsin, was a former camper at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, recently coached hockey in Jaca, Spain and now is a speaker. You can follow Robins on his Facebook page here, https://www.facebook.com/BobbyRobinsPro/. On that page he’s reading one bible verse a day for the entire year.

Additional Convocation Notes

  • Music for the Alma Mater and Fight song will be handed out at the Convocation
  • Music will be accompanied by Bruce Rundman and friends. Bruce is the owner of Good Times Music in Houghton. 


August 27, 2018
4:15 pm - 6:30 pm EDT


Soren Schmidt
(906) 487-7239
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