Luther College announces 2021 graduates

Luther College held a modified in-person commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 16, to celebrate the class of 2021.

A total of 406 graduates were honored and celebrated in the Center for Faith and Life. Of that number, 148 graduates received Latin honors and 30 were first-generation college students.

There are 60 legacy graduates in the Class of 2021. Their parents, along with prior generations of grandparents, attended Luther before them.

  • 5th generation: 1 graduate, Elsa Thonn
  • 4th generation: 3 graduates
  • 3rd generation: 10 graduates
  • 2nd generation: 46 graduates

The 406 graduates represent 24 different countries.

President Jenifer K. Ward offered a welcome message to the graduates and Madeline Lomprey ’21 was awarded Luther’s Elizabeth A. and Paul G. Jenson Medal, an award presented each year to an outstanding senior, selected by the graduating class, who best demonstrates the ideals of the college through service to students and the college community.

Chris Norton ’15 offered an inspiring virtual commencement address.

Due to the ongoing pandemic each graduate was able to have two guests on campus who watched a livestream of the event in classrooms across campus. Following the ceremony, graduates, their guests and members of the faculty and staff were able to gather briefly outside on Bentdahl Commons and the library lawn.

The Decorah graduates are: 
Anna Bruneau, Religion
Anna Elisabeth Spencer, Allied Health Sciences, magna cum laude
Cecilia Ocheng, Chemistry
Emma Buddecke, Social Work
Eric Louis Smedsrud, Biology
Henrik Charles Marquardt, Management
Isabel Marie Iverson, Management, magna cum laude
Marguerite Grace Ann Schwarz, Art
Spencer Martin Weis, Computer Science

To view Luther’s 2021 Commencement visit luther.edu/commencement/.