Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial: Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence


2019 marks 150 years since Augsburg’s founding in 1869. From September 27, 2019 through September 26, 2020, the Augsburg community will hold a year-long celebration to lift up our founding principles, honor our history, and look to the future.

Campus Planning

This is your resource for an up-to-date look into the planning and rollout of the year-long sesquicentennial celebration. Keep your calendar current with key dates. Follow the progress of campus initiatives. Share and celebrate great moments in Augsburg’s history. #Augsburg150

The Goals of the Sesquicentennial Celebration include:

  • Foster an understanding that all Auggies, past, present, and future, are part of one Augsburg with a consistent story across the decades.
  • Promote connections and a shared sense of pride among alumni, faculty, staff, and students of different generations.
  • Demonstrate the impact Augsburg has on our cities, state, nation, and beyond.
  • Inspire deeper alumni engagement and donor commitments to set the stage for the next 150 years.

Messages from Sesquicentennial Committee Co-Chairs Darcey Engen and Jeff Swenson

“Augsburg has played a special role in my life, having been an undergraduate here and now a faculty member. It is such an honor to be part of this celebration that allows us to look back on the rich history of Augsburg, mark the excellent work our institution is doing now, and to begin to share with all who are part of this place, a vision for the future. I’m looking forward to working together to commemorate this unique moment.”
Darcey Engen (Augsburg ‘88), Associate Professor and Chair of the Theater Department

“The sesquicentennial is an important opportunity to bring people together: faculty, staff, students, alumni, faculty emeriti and our community partners. I’m hoping this anniversary allows us to celebrate the past but also look forward to the next 150 years of Augsburg University. I’ve never been more excited about Augsburg than I am today.”
Jeff Swenson (Augsburg ‘79), Athletic Director