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Student representative Matt McLaughlin on Finlandia Fridays

April 28, 2017

On this season’s final episode of Finlandia Fridays, the weekly interview series features student representative Matt McLaughlin. Each year one outstanding senior is chosen as the student rep. To be eligible, a student must maintain a 3.9 GPA and be actively involved with the FinnU campus. 496A0159

It will be a busy weekend for McLaughin, not only will he be graduating with highest honors at Finlandia University he will also be commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army through his work with Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). With the title of student rep, McLaughlin is given the honor of speaking at graduation, a speech he says is still in the works.

McLaughlin tributes his success in his studies and in ROTC to late nights of studying and hard work. He doesn’t fail to mention that his advisors at Finlandia University also greatly aided him along the way presenting him with the tools he needed to be successful. Any student knows keeping up a GPA of 3.9 is an extremely challenging feat in and of itself, but add in the additional extracurriculars, and it truly shows what made him stand out as this year’s Finlandia University student rep.

Finlandia Fridays would like to thank all those who tuned in this exciting first season and we would like to thank everyone who made this show possible. We look forward to continuing in this new found Friday tradition and are excited for things to come.

Until next time…”See you next Friday”


  • 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


Graduates 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.


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