Looking toward commencement in person

April 13, 2022

After two years of recorded commencement ceremonies due to the global pandemic, LSTC will return to nearby St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for a 2:30 ceremony on Sunday, May 15.

“A New Heaven and a New Earth” is the theme of this year’s commencement, based on Revelation 21:1a: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…”

A baccalaureate service will be held in Augustana Chapel at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The commencement theme was chosen from biblical texts which will be used for the service. Ben Stewart will be preacher and presider.

Paul C. Pribbenow, president of Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minn., will be the commencement speaker.

In choosing the theme, Erik Christensen, pastor to the community and director of strategic initiatives, said this passage is cause for hope in the assurance of God’s power, bringing God’s promised future into our uncertain times.

“Our graduates are beginning the next chapter of their own vocations, whether that be in congregational ministry or elsewhere, as leaders in times of tumult. Therefore, we send them with the assurance that God is present with them (and with us all), working in and through us to bring about ‘a new heaven and a new earth.’ A word of hope in uncertain times,” he said.

Some 33 students will receive their diplomas. These degrees are expected to be awarded: 16 MDiv, one in the TEEM program, one MA, two MAM, seven PhD, five DMin in preaching and one affiliate.


Cheryl Hoth

Assistant to the Academic Dean


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