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Service theme of sesquicentennial commencement

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- Watch video of baccalaureate speaker Barbara Lundblad
- Read more about David Walton's work in Haiti

The 150th class to graduate from Augustana College was the largest class the school has ever sent into the real world.

President Steven C. Bahls addressed the 632 members of the Class of 2010 on Sunday at the iWireless Center with a message of servant leadership. Those who founded Augustana 150 years ago were servant leaders, President Bahls told the graduates, and he asked them to carry that spirit with them as they leave. "The servant leader," he reminded them, "is a servant first."

Augustana's Class of 2010 leaves a legacy of service. The group gave more than 3,500 hours of its time to community service in the Quad Cities during the past four years. And the class made a contribution of $2,215 to the college as a departing gift, which was presented to President Bahls during commencement.

Yes, service was the theme of the day. Dr. David Walton '98, delivered the sesquicentennial commencement address. Walton has done extensive medical relief work in Haiti with the group Partners in Health, and he spoke to the graduates about having faith and courage in the face of great adversity. He encouraged them to go forth and serve.

"The help you give to others," Walton said, "will make a difference larger than you can imagine." (See Walton's complete address in the video at right)

Dana Swanson delivered remarks on behalf of the graduating class, and Valerie Bustle presented the senior class gift.

Rep. Phil Hare was present and read aloud a Congressional resolution recognizing Augustana for its 150th anniversary.