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July 9, 2021

Finlandia joins COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge

In participation with colleges and universities across the country, Finlandia University has joined in efforts to end the pandemic by signing up for the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. Invited by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education, participating colleges make three key commitments to the Challenge:  

Engage every student, faculty, and staff member. Make sure every member of your campus community knows they are eligible for a vaccine and has resources to find one.

Organize your college community. Lead [...]

June 24, 2021

Finlandia Alumni Board raises $15,000 for student textbooks

The Finlandia Alumni Board (FAB) started Giving Day in 2019 determined to give back to current students in the way of textbook awards. Recipients receive a gift certificate to North Wind Books in the amount of $250 to help offset the rising cost of textbooks. 35 students received textbook awards in 2019, with almost $9,000 raised. In 2020, Giving Day was repurposed to assist the university in its Safe Open plan, with money raised going toward baseline testing, PPE and [...]

June 21, 2021

Ken Seaton completes pledge to Finlandia University

Accompanying students as they uncover their vocation, or calling, is at the core of Finlandia University’s vision: to advance expansive learning that best prepares students for the 21st-century workplace and world. As an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Finlandia focuses on helping students discern their purpose by asking big questions like, “who am I going to be?” along with “what am I going to do?”. The Seaton Center for Vocation & Career guides students in uncovering [...]

November 24, 2020

Support Student Scholarships and Double Your Donation this Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1

Finlandia University will be raising money for student scholarships on Giving Tuesday which takes place on December 1. Finlandia donors can double their gifts this Giving Tuesday, as an anonymous donor has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised.

Last year, Finlandia’s Giving Tuesday campaign raised over $60,000 in 24 hours. All donations received last year went toward FinnU’s annual scholarship programs to help keep FinnU affordable for current and future students.

“Scholarships make a life-changing difference for our [...]

August 19, 2020

‘Hancock Promise’ extension continues reduced tuition for Hancock grads

Finlandia University is pleased to announce a seven year extension of the Hancock Promise (formerly Finlandia Promise or Hancock Award) between the Hancock school district and university. The Hancock Promise allows for Hancock Central High School graduates to attend Finlandia University at a tuition cost of up to only $2500.00 per school year.

“The Hancock Promise is a core expression of Finlandia’s commitment to champion and support private higher education for neighboring families who thought it to be out of reach,” [...]

June 9, 2020

Finlandia Commits to Provide a Safe Opening for All

Finlandia University President Philip Johnson addressed students in an email on June 5, regarding Finlandia’s safe open commitment as a university.

I want to reach out and let you know that Finlandia is planning and preparing for safe living and learning as we come together on campus this fall.  However, I now see such a commitment in a different and more urgent light.

A Safe Open

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority. We are rigorously planning [...]

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May 22, 2020

President Johnson Shares Exciting News about the Fall 2020 Semester

On this episode of Finlandia Fridays, Finlandia University President, Philip Johnson joins host, Anastazia Hartman to share the exciting news about classes this fall (2020). The pair talks about the plan for the safe open, the new health center, and more!

“I know the entire campus, which is now virtual, is very excited, we think this is exactly what we need to be doing for fall 2020. This is exactly what parents, families, and students expect. We are [...]

May 22, 2020

Finlandia Graduates 81 Students during Virtual Commencement Ceremony

The Finlandia University Class of 2020, had a graduation ceremony unlike any other.  Yesterday, May 21st at 6 p.m. the 81 students that make up the graduating class were conferred their degrees in a virtual ceremony.

University President, Dr. Philip Johnson began the celebration by welcoming all to the virtual ceremony.

“It is my delight to welcome all of you to Finlandia University’s 2020 special edition commencement ceremony,” said Johnson. “Today, together even if virtually, we celebrate the grand academic [...]

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May 14, 2020

Finlandia Announces Plans for Fall 2020

A Message from Dr. Philip Johnson, President, Finlandia University

Finlandia University will be welcoming students to campus for fall 2020 with face-to-face instruction.  The first day of classes will be Monday, August 24.

This past March, when circumstances required a quick pivot, Finlandia, in the span of five days, launched the remainder of the semester fully on-line with a full complement of virtual student learning support. Finlandia’s new learning management system, an agile faculty, innovative student learning services professionals, and an inspiring [...]

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May 11, 2020

How To View the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

The Class of 2020 will be celebrating their achievements virtually on Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m. from the Finnish American Heritage Center. 

Join the virtual celebration at finlandia.edu/virtual-ceremonies/ as University President Philip Johnson, Vice President of Academic Affairs Fredi deYampert, Student Representative Nicholas Tobey, and Commencement Speaker Darlene King speak to the graduating class to celebrate their accomplishments.

Updates of Virtual Graduation Day 2020 at Finlandia University can be found at