Summer Send Off title on a fence with a pineapple on the right.

Connect with other Lutes at a send off for new students!

Summer Send-off is a special event for incoming students and their families. It is a perfect opportunity for new students to connect with local alumni eager to share advice, get them excited about their new home, and help them to feel a part of the Lute Family before they even arrive on campus. Make new friends, welcome the class of 2025, and build your local PLU community!

New Lutes, current Lutes, alums and all their families are invited!

If you have any questions about Summer Send-Offs, please contact Kathy Engle at

Summer Send-Off Locations

Portland, OR

The Portland Summer Send-Off will be an Ice Cream Social hosted by Brandy (Hedger) Halprin ’01 and Laura (Ritchie) Gifford ’00 on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.

Location:  Sellwood Park, Picnic Area ‘A’, SE Miller St & SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Tri-Cities, WA

The Tri-Cities Summer Send-Off will be hosted by Heidi (Knutzen) Cryer ’80, Adrianne (Cryer) Jamieson ’09 & Ian Jamieson ’08 on Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Location: Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 640 Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick, WA 99336

Do you have questions about Summer Send-Offs? Please direct your inquiries to Alumni & Student Connections by emailing or calling 253-535-7415. We look forward to hearing from you!