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Augustana Hosts Virtual Commencement


Augustana College will honor its 612 new graduates this weekend. Because of the pandemic, it will host a virtual commencement Saturday on YouTube Live.

Spokeswoman Keri Rursch says the ceremony will originate from Wallenberg Hall, and be hosted live by President Steve Bahls and Provost Wendy Hilton-Morrow. It will also feature several pre-recorded segments.

"Every year, Augustana graduates get a wonderful commencement ceremony and it's an important part of the way we cap off their experience at Augustana. And we didn't want it to be different this year."

The pre-recorded segments will include music by Augustana students, an invocation by Campus Chaplain Richard Priggie who's retiring, a member of the board of trustees who lives in Dallas, and a member of the Class of 2020 from the Chicago area.

The virtual commencement begins at 2 pm Saturday. 

Rursch emphasizes this will be just the first of two ceremonies for this class - a traditional graduation ceremony will be held in October, as part of homecoming weekend, at the TaxSlayer Center. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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