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May 11, 2023

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.

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May 10, 2023

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.

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President Timothy Pinnow congratulates student at FinnU’s Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

Delivering the welcome address was Board Trustee Stephen Nikander, whose great-grandfather founded the institution and whose grandfather served [...]

October 8, 2018

Father Corbin Eddy now serving as Visiting Campus Pastor

Finlandia University has named Father Corbin Eddy Visiting Campus Pastor for the 2018-19 academic year.

“Over the past few years while working with Corbin, a Copper Country native, I have come to respect and admire his intellect, perspective, and genuine, caring openness to spiritual traditions other than his own,” President Philip Johnson told employees of the university in a memo last week. “I have also come to appreciate, while he serves as a member of Finlandia’s part-time faculty, [...]

September 14, 2018

Feeding America West Michigan and Finlandia University to Host Mobile Food Pantry on October 10

On October 10, Feeding America West Michigan,in partnership with Finlandia University, will provide a food distribution to people in need at Baraga Area High School. The distribution will take place at 4:30 p.m.

NOTE: The event has been moved inside to the small gym. Volunteers will enter the school by the flag pole. Those coming to get food should follow volunteer instruction upon arriving at the school. 

The Mobile Pantry will contain a variety of foods, including [...]

Students volunteer at mobile food pantry
April 27, 2018

Finlandia Brings Mobile Food Pantry to Ontonagon

On April 19, 2018 Finlandia Students and Staff traveled to Ontonagon High School to help feed 271 individuals, representing 1050 family members in the community.

“More people came through after registration was closed, but we got to give all the food away to local families. Ontonagon [High School] was pleased and Feeding America was thrilled with the event,” said Soren Schmidt, Campus Pastor.

All 16,115 pounds of food was given away by the end of the night. Finlandia University students were bussed [...]

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March 30, 2018

Campus Pastor Soren Schmidt talks eventful April and Campus Ministry

With Easter right around the corner, campus pastor Soren Schmidt visited Finlandia Fridays this week to promote the multitude of events taking place within the next month. To kick of the episode, Schmidt made an announcement about the Good Friday service that will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Saint Matthew. The service will be an “all-in-one” service to celebrate the sacred holiday of Easter. Doors will be open to all students and any [...]

March 8, 2018

Mobile Food Pantry coming to Ontonagon on April 19, 2018

Residents of Ontonagon County are invited to a Mobile Food Pantry on Thursday, April 19 beginning at 4 at Ontonagon High School. The event is being put on by Finlandia University, Ontonagon Area School District, Feeding America West Michigan and the Western U.P. Food Bank.

The Mobile Pantry will contain a variety of foods, including fresh produce. Clients will not have to show identification or proof of income to receive food. They will be required to provide basic contact information and [...]

December 5, 2017

Student Reminder: How to renew your Service Scholarship

Students who were awarded the new Service Scholarship for the fall 2017 semester may renew it for the spring 2018 semester as long as they have completed and reported their eight service hours by December 15, 2017.

To report hours, simply fill out the Service Hours Form.

If you’re not at your eight hours, there’s still time to get there! Some ways to get the service hours: walk dogs at the Copper Country Humane Society, ring the [...]

September 28, 2017

Student needs pantry available to all Finlandia students

Finlandia University’s mission has always been about making college as accessible as possible for students. Part of that mission in today’s iteration of the university is The Table, a pantry available to all students that provides food and other basic essentials to students in need.

“In order for a student to maximize personal growth while at FinnU, they need to have all of their basic needs met,” Rev. Soren Schmidt said. “At The Table, we make sure that no [...]

September 14, 2017

Soup & Meet with Campus Ministry continues next Wednesday

At 5 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month Finlandia University Campus Ministry will be hosting Soup & Meet at Chapel of St. Matthew. This is a great opportunity to gather with your peers at the university, as well as enjoy a delicious meal, including soup and refreshments.

This year the event will feature celebrity chefs most weeks, including Denise Vandeville from the international School of Art & Design, Alana Nolan from North Wind Books and more! Vandeville [...]

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