Students in field

Twelve initiated into first-year honors society

March 22, 2019
Alpha Lambda Delta

New Alpha Lambda Delta members were joined by returning students for a group photo following the ceremony.

Student success in the classroom was celebrated Thursday night as 12 freshmen were initiated into the Finlandia University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society for first-year success.

“It helps students to recognize the importance of doing well as a student,” Co-advisor Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen told WLUC-TV6. “The other part is that it creates yet another kind of point of community for our students to become active members of Finlandia University, and do their best while they’re here including in academics, public service and in just social opportunities.”

This was the fourth FinnU class to be initiated, meaning the program started with six seniors being recognized for their academic excellence. These students received ALD medallions that they will where during commencement.


The mission of Alpha Lambda Delta is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. Learn more at nationalald.org.


  • Addie Budzinski
  • Riley Burton
  • David Carlson
  • Frannette Fernandez
  • Kayla Godin
  • Maia Haske
  • Malone Hiebert
  • Kristina Hill
  • Rebecca Hirthe
  • Artsiom Puntus
  • Erika Tollefson
  • Tyler Watungwa
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