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Luther announces 2018 graduates

July 12, 2018
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DECORAH, Iowa - Luther College senior Aaron Shouse of Gladbrook, Iowa, participated in commencement ceremonies for the class of 2018 at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 27, in Luther’s Carlson Stadium. Shouse received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies. A total of 467 students participated in the graduation ceremony. Luther President Paula Carlson congratulated the graduates and introduced BJ Nichols, Luther alumnus and partner at Ernst & Young, who gave the commencement speech. Nichols, a 1997 Luther alumnus, currently works in the insurance and federal claims services sector of Ernst and Young, where he helps companies and governments recover financially following catastrophic loss. At the ceremony, Houda Abadi, Luther class of 2003, received the Luther College Young Alumni Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievement of Luther alumni in their vocation or avocation who have graduated in the last 15 years. Abadi is currently the associate director for the Middle East and North Africa Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Harleigh Boldridge, Luther class of 2018, was awarded the Luther College Elizabeth and Paul 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. A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college’s website:


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