Relive Graduation Day 2023 at Finlandia University | Photo Gallery & Livestreams
Finlandia University held its final Spring Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 7, honoring 92 graduates in the Class of 2023. Following commencement, a commendation service was held for Finlandia University students, staff, faculty, alumni, neighbors and friends, commending the University and its 126 years of service.Full High-Res Photos from Spring 2023 Commencement:
Finlandia honors legacy, Class of 2023 with final commencement and commendation ceremonies
Founded in 1896 as Suomi College, Finlandia University held its final spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 7, honoring 92 graduates in the Class of 2023. In March, the University announced the decision to dissolve the institution and not enroll students for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Delivering the welcome address was Board Trustee Stephen Nikander, whose great-grandfather founded the institution and whose grandfather served [...]
Finlandia to host Service of Commendation Sunday, May 7
Finlandia University’s Spring 2023 Commencement Weekend will culminate on the evening of Sunday, May 7, with a Service of Commendation. The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Hirvonen Hall Auditorium.
All Finlandia students, staff, faculty, alumni, neighbors and friends of the University are invited to the service, with hospitality to follow.
“We will take time to hear stories of those who have been impacted by the 126 years of Finlandia, and share stories of our own – as we sing, [...]
Prayers for Ukraine at Chapel of St. Matthew rescheduled for March 24
Due to Wednesday’s campus closure caused by inclement weather, Prayers for Ukraine at the Chapel of St. Matthew has been rescheduled for March 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
You are invited to pause your day this Thursday and say a prayer for the people of Ukraine, refugees all over the globe and an end to violence. Stop by the Chapel as you are able between noon – 3 p.m. Thursday, say a prayer, light a candle, or pause [...]
Finlandia TRIO Programs Participate in MI TRIO “Give Back” Initiative. And they need your help!
As part of the upcoming MI TRIO Student Leadership Conference being delivered virtually on March 19 and 20, the FinnU TRIO Programs – Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services – are teaming up to hold a drive for the Finlandia University Student Table located in the basement of the Chapel of St. Matthew. TRIO students across the state will be holding “give back” events in the name of Geri Graham, past MI TRIO [...]
Find Your Center for Spring Semester with FinnU Campus Ministry Events
FinnU Campus Ministry is ready to kick off the Spring Semester with a number of great events to help students, faculty and staff find their center, reflect and search for peace.Monday, Jan. 18 Your Monday Breath – Faculty & Staff
Move from scattered to centered to start your week. Join Pr. Sarah and Zoe Lincoln each Monday for a midday mindfulness practice to add focus, balance, and motivation for your week. Link for the semester: https://zoom.us/j/98144199745?pwd=c2oxZjR6dm5NYzNiNEVjRlRUeEhsQT09 Meeting [...]
Pastor Sarah writing daily devotions for Northern Great Lakes Synod Dec. 13-19
Finlandia University’s campus pastor, Rev. Sarah Semmler Smith, is the featured writer for the Northern Great Lakes Area Synod “Prayerfully” devotions the week of December 13-19. The entire week of Pastor Sarah’s devotions are available in video format below. They will also be shared on the @FinnU_FaithLife campus ministry Instagram account.Sunday, December 13, 2020 Matthew 1:1-17 “Generations” Monday, December 14, 2020 Luke 1:26-29 “Perplexed” Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Mark 1:2-8 “Bug!” Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Luke 1:35-37 “Blue Christmas” Thursday, December 17, 2020 Luke 1:39-40 “Hearts Leaping” Friday, December 18, 2020 Luke 1:38, [...]
The Mobile Food Pantry is Back at the Chapel on Dec. 3
On Thursday, December 3, Finlandia University will be hosting another Mobile Food Pantry in the parking lot between Old Main and the Chapel of St. Mattew. Organized through Feeding American West Michigan, mobile food pantries help fill the gap in hunger needs in a community, by supplementing the ongoing work of local pantries with much needed fresh produce, meat, and dairy. The truck coming here on December 3 will hold about 15,000 pounds of such items, [...]
The Table Student Needs Pantry Wish List
The Finlandia student needs pantry, The Table, has released its wish list for the holiday season. Pastor Sarah Semmler-Smith said the following items are needed:Toilet paper New winter hats and gloves Laundry detergent Deodorant Granola bars Crackers Macaroni and cheese Ramen Gluten free products
Donations can be dropped off at the lower level of the Chapel of St. Matthew during normal business hours, or mailed to Finlandia University ATTN: Pastor Sarah, 601 Quincy St. Hancock MI, 49930. For questions or to notify Pastor Sarah of a donation, [...]
Day of Wellness Event Schedule
On November 4, most classes on campus will be canceled so students can focus on their mental health, take a breather, and regroup for the final few weeks of the semester. The Day will officially kick off on the evening of November 3 with a bonfire between the Hoover Center and the Chapel of St. Matthew from 7-9p.m.. Students, faculty and staff are invited to grab dinner to-go from the Dia de Muertos community meal and sit around the [...]