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, [...]
Four ways the Chapel & Pastor Sarah are here to support you
Led by Campus Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith, Campus Ministry seeks to support students’ spiritual growth wherever they are on their journey. Whether you are Lutheran by background, new to Christianity, or exploring other religious traditions, Finlandia seeks to meet you there.
In this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays, Semmler Smith shares four ways that Campus Ministry is here to support FinnU students. Campus Ministry is an open and affirming ministry of Finlandia University. In other words, you are welcome here.Community Meals [...]
Focusing on Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 2 – 8
Sabrina Loven-Gulick joins Finlandia Fridays this week to share news of an upcoming on-campus initiative, Mental Health Awareness Week, happening Sunday, October 2, through Saturday, October 8.
Loven-Gulick, a personal counselor and academic coach for Trio Student Support Services (SSS) at Finlandia University, kicks things off by sharing insight into a few TRIO SSS topics, such as eligibility, participation, and the types of things she does for her role.
“When you hear personal counseling, it’s therapy. It’s me being here for the [...]
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 [...]
Local healthcare workers invited to ‘Afternoon of Self-Care’ March 26 at FAHC
A day to offer support and thanks to local healthcare workers, Finlandia University is hosting Healing for the Healers: An Afternoon of Self-Care on Saturday, March 26 at the Finnish American Heritage Center.
Guest speakers will be offering suggestions on ways to care for yourself while you are immersed in caring for others. Presented by Finlandia’s College of Health Sciences, patrons can look forward to spending some time adding to their self-care toolbox while they grab a snack and [...]
You are not Alone: Mental Health Awareness Week with Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith
On this episode of Finlandia Fridays, Campus Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith sits down with the team to talk about the upcoming Mental Health Awareness week happening on campus from Feb. 6 – 12. Finlandia Lions Women’s Basketball squad will be kicking off the week of events at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6 with a “green out” in the gym to raise awareness of mental health and the importance of support.
“My call here as a pastor is really to [...]
Experience the 125th Anniversary
In December, Finlandia welcomed students, faculty and staff along with alumni, friends and family to a series of events in commemoration of the institution’s 125th anniversary. In honor of its Finnish and Lutheran heritage, Finlandia celebrated Finnish Independence Day for the 104th time at the Finnish American Heritage Center following a Sunday worship service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock.
The anniversary celebrations didn’t stop on Sunday. In the week following, the Finlandia University Gallery held the 31st Annual Contemporary [...]
Finlandia celebrates 125th Anniversary
A semester of celebration culminated on Sunday, Dec. 5 in a full day of dance, musical performances and worship. Dozens of Finlandia University friends and family members gathered to commemorate the institution’s 125th Anniversary alongside the observance of a now 104-year-long tradition, Finnish Independence Day.
David Maki, Interim Director of the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) on Finlandia’s campus, delivered the Independence Day program’s opening remarks.
“Today is another significant milestone in Finlandia University’s history as we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of [...]