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Finlandia celebrates class of 2019

May 5, 2019

The most magical moment of the year took place at Finlandia University Sunday afternoon as the Class of 2019 was recognized during the annual commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the Paavo Nurmi Center. At the ceremony 85 students were conferred degrees, while they heard from Student Representative and Marketing Major Haley Makela, and Commencement Speaker Bishop Katherine A. Finegan.


Bishop Finegan, bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the ELCA, spoke to the students about the importance of their voices in a time of social change.

“You are in a position to shape the world, or at the very least your own corner of it, your own sphere of influence,” said Finegan. “You have a better understanding about how to learn, how to think, and how to organize those thoughts into a clear line of communication, into a well-structured argument. And you are able to contribute meaningfully to rational and civil discourse”

Makela spoke about giving back to the school that gave her so much.

Graduation photos are available on the Finlandia Flickr for free download. To read more about commencement at FinnU visit finlandia.edu/graduation.

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