Annual Events at Pacific Lutheran University

The following are PLU’s annual events. Actual dates are published at  Events are subject to change.

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EventDepartmentApprx. AttendMonth
International Student OrientationInternational Student Services70SeptemberPI, CP
University Conference Office of the Provost350SeptemberPI, AC
New Student Orientation Student Involvement and Leadership600SeptemberPI, CP
Corporation MeetingCongregation Relations350SeptemberPI, CP
Convocation Office of the President1000SeptemberPI, AC
Constitution DayOffice of the Provost200-250September
Study Away FairWang Center for Global and Community Engaged Education100September
Lutheran Studies ConferencesReligion DepartmentSeptemberPI
Environmental Studies DinnerEnvironmental Studies50September
HomecomingOffice of Alumni and Constituent Relations1100OctoberPI, CP
Alumni Board (paired w/homecoming)Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations70OctoberPI
Athletic Awards Banquet AthleticsOctoberPI
Fall Preview Day Admission & Enrollment Services600OctoberPI, CP, PS
Annual Dale E. Benson Lecture Division of Social Sciences150-200OctoberPI
Internship, Volunteer, and Job FairCareer ConnectionsOctober
Board of RegentsOffice of the President70OctoberPI, CP
David and Marilyn Knutson Lecture Religion Department150-200OctoberPI
Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust EducationHolocaust and Genocide Studies Programs350Fall 2016PI
Family Weekend Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations100NovemberPI, PS
Mary Baker Russell Scholars Concert Music DepartmentNovemberPI
Svare-Toven Endowed Professorship Lecture Division of Humanities (Claudia Bergeson contact)November
Annual Science LectureDivision of Natural Sciences400NovemberPI
Veterans Day Celebration PLUSC, coordinated w/Military Outreach (noon or at chapel if MWF)NovemberPI
Veterans Football Game Director of Military OutreachNovemberPI, PS
Sankta Lucia FestScandinavian Cultural Center30DecemberPI
Pinning Ceremony School of NursingDecemberPI
Commissioning CeremonyReserve Army Officers' Training Corps400December
Nordlyset Christmas PartyScandinavian Cultural Center72December
President's Christmas Soiree Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations100DecemberOffice of Alumni and Constituent Relations
Parkland Children's WinterfestHospitality Services and Center for Community Engagement and Service1100December
Annual Christmas LuncheonHuman Resources660DecemberPI, AC
Nordic Christmas FestScandinavian Cultural CenterDecember
President's Christmas ConcertsMusic DepartmentDecemberPI
Explore!Student Involvement and Leadership80-100JanuaryPI
Northwest High School Honor Band WorkshopMusic Department600January
Game DayAdmission & Enrollment Services300FebruaryPI, PS
Crab Feed FundraiserAthleticsFebruary
Board of RegentsOffice of the President70FebruaryPI, CP
Spring New Student OrientationStudent Involvement and Leadership80February
Development DayHuman Resources110FebruaryPI, PS
Regents' & Awards; President's ScholarshipAdmission & Enrollment Services350FebruaryPI, PS
Music Scholarship AuditionsSchool of Art and Communication/Music DepartmentFebruaryPI, PS
Regional ReceptionsAdmission & Enrollment Services75 eachFebruary
Biennial Wang SymposiumWang Center for Global and Community Engaged Education500February (even years)PI
Biennial Chris Stevens Memorial LectureWang Center for Global and Community Engaged Education250-300February (odd years)
Tunnel of OppressionStudent Involvement and Leadership200February
Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial LectureDivision of Social Sciences150FebruaryPI
Spring Career Fair: (Humanities & Social Sciences)Career ConnectionsMarch
J-Term Study Away FairWang Center for Global and Community Engaged Education100March
Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust EducationHolocaust and Genocide Studies Programs350Moved to Fall 2016PI
OverKnight (Passport Weekend)Admission & Enrollment Services400MarchPI, CP, PS
South Sound Science FairDivision of Natural Sciences and Intel500MarchPS
MESA DayTacoma/South Puget Sound MESA300-400MarchPS
Bjug Harstad Memorial LectureScandinavian Area Studies Program50+MarchPI
Provost Transfer Scholarship AwardsAdmission & Enrollment Services200AprilPI, PS
Alumni BoardOffice of Alumni and Constituent Relations70AprilPI
Dance Ensemble PerformancesSchool of Art and Communication500April
OverKnight II (Passport Weekend) Admission & Enrollment Services400AprilPI, CP, PS
Spring Career FairCareer ConnectionsApril
Jolita Benson LectureSchool of Education & Kinesiology180AprilPI
Earth Day SpeakerEnvironmental Studies Program120AprilPI
Spring Donor Appreciation BanquetOffice of AdvancementAprilPI
Norwegian Heritage FestivalScandinavian Cultural Center200-220April
Relay for LifeStudent Involvement and Leadership200-400AprilPI
Svare-Toven Endowed Professorship LectureDivision of HumanitiesApril
Board of RegentsOffice of the President70MayPI, CP
Celebration of LeadershipStudent Involvement and Leadership300MayPI
Athletics Awards DessertAthletics400MayPI
Syttende Mai (Norwegian Const.Day) Scandinavian Cultural CenterMayPI
Honor Society ReceptionOffice of the PresidentMayPI, AC
Commencement LunchOffice of the President36MayPI
Baccalaureate CeremonyOffice of the PresidentMayPI, AC
President's Garden Party At Gonyea HouseOffice of the PresidentMayPI, AC
Commencement Concert Office of the PresidentMayPI, AC
Senior Recognition CeremonySchool of Art and Communication/Music DepartmentMay
Senior Recognition ReceptionSchool of Art and Communication/Music DepartmentMay
CommencementOffice of the President6000MayPI, AC
Commissioning CeremonyReserve Army Officers' Training Corps200MayPI
Campus Ministry TowelingCampus MinistryMayPI
Pinning CeremonySchool of NursingMayPI
Berry FestivalConference and Event Services100June
Nordylset Strawberry FestivalScandinavian Cultural Center100June
New Student Registration Academic Advising600JunePI, CP, PS
Berry FestivalConference and Event Services100July
Summer Lute Life Day Admission & Enrollment Services100July or AugustPS
Summer Preview Day CP PSAdmission & Enrollment Services150Part of Lute Life Day
Berry FestivalConference and Event Services100August
Summer Lute Life DayOffice of Alumni and Constituent Relations100AugustPS
ResLife TrainingDepartment of Residential Life30AugustPI
Chamber New Educator BreakfastChamberAugustPI
Cross Country Track & Field FundraiserAthleticsAugustPI
ResLife InstituteDepartment of Residential LifeAugust
New Faculty OrientationOffice of the Provost40AugustPI, CP
Student Leadership InstituteStudent Involvement and Leadership300AugustPI
Orientation Guide TrainingStudent Involvement and Leadership50August
Visiting Writers SeriesOffice of the Provost75Dates VaryPI
Chapel - MWF 10:30am-11:00amCampus Ministry30-80Weekly
University Congregation - Sundays 11:00am-12:00pmCampus Ministry100-200 (guess)Sundays
Music & Theater PerformancesSchool of Art and CommunicationDates Vary

PI = President Involvement. Event planners -consult w/Pres Office to set or change dates.
AC = All Campus Priority. All campus community and resources will be focused on this event(s). Divisions plan all-student, staff, and department engagement with this university milestone. Highlighted events indicate when resource and services will be limited to enable participation and best service.
CP – Campus Priority. All campus community encouraged to participate in this university signature event. Encourage student, staff, and constituent participation and defer other gatherings to another time. Services and space will be managed to fully serve this university milestone and limit audience diversion.
PS – Prospective Students. Prospective students are primary audience at these events.