Information for all graduates


Photographer at rehearsal  

On commencement rehearsal day, Friday, a professional photographer will photograph each graduate as he/she receives a diploma. Graduates should bring their caps and gowns to rehearsal for the photographs.

After commencement, photo proofs may be viewed/ordered online.

If you have questions about these photographs, please contact Erin Stoll Photography at 402-641-6918 or

View proofs/order photos here » 

Notice, 5/12/2014: A power/Internet outage caused by Sunday's storms in Nebraska has delayed the posting of graduate proof photos. They will be posted to the link above as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience.

Seating for guests

All guests will be seated in the bleachers area. (The arena floor will be reserved for graduates.)

Guests with disabilities: If you have guests with disabilities who would like to be seated in the arena, please plan for them to arrive approximately one hour before commencement begins.

After the ceremony

The Faculty Marshals will usher all graduates onto the stadium field at the conclusion of the ceremony. Arranging a rendezvous spot on the track/football field or within the stadium before graduation will facilitate graduates, family and friends finding each other after the ceremony.

Live streaming of Saturday's commencement exercises »

Do you have some friends or relatives unable to attend? Please let them know that Saturday's commencement exercises are scheduled to be available live via the Concordia website.

Information for "late" and "early" graduates

August and December 2013 graduates may participate in the subsequent spring commencement.  Those who are planning to take their final classes during a summer term may also participate in spring ceremonies, prior to actually completing all of their coursework.   Please review the information below carefully if this applies to you.

A note to bachelor degree graduates from the faculty marshals

Dear Graduate,

Congratulations! We have made plans for a very important event in your life, graduation day. Please read this letter carefully for dates, deadlines, and other important information.

Our commencement service will be held on May 10 at 10 a.m. The following activities have been scheduled prior to and including commencement:

Friday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.  Luncheon at the Janzow Campus Center, Cattle Conference Room - The event is sponsored by the president and the Alumni Association.  Receive your alumni portfolio gift at commencement rehearsal immediately following the luncheon. Graduates must have RSVPd in order for seating to be available.

Friday, May 9, 1:30 p.m. Rehearsal for graduation in the Walz - All bachelor degree graduates should be present. If circumstances prevent your attendance at the rehearsal, but you will be present at the graduation on Saturday, please call 402-643-7230. 

Friday, May 9, 7 p.m. Baccalaureate service at St. John Lutheran Church - Graduates will wear academic gowns and caps but not hoods, and will process and sit together as a class. Please assemble no later than 6:35 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall (lower level) of St. John Church. There will be a reception immediately following the baccalaureate service in the St. John Fellowship Hall. (See also the related note from the chaplain's office, below.)

Saturday, May 10  Commencement Service – Commencement will be held in the Walz arena.

Graduates receiving a degree at commencement should report to the Walz south lower level hallway no later than 9:15 a.m. The marshals will help you line up.

Saturday, May 10 Luncheon - A meal will be served to graduates and their guests at the Janzow Campus Center Dining Hall & Cattle Conference Room, after the ceremony, courtesy of Concordia University.

We hope you will be able to participate in all of these activities. We will assume that you will participate in commencement. If you are not able to attend, it is very important that you inform us by contacting the registrar's office at 402-643-7230 or as soon as possible.


Mark Meehl and Kristy Jurchen
Faculty Marshals

Letter to graduates regarding the baccalaureate service

Fellow Concordians,

Congratulations on your forthcoming graduation from Concordia University. I pray that God will bless you in your career and grant you many opportunities for service.

We will celebrate the end of the academic year with a baccalaureate service on Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church here in Seward. You, your family, and friends are invited to join us in this celebration. Please bring your cap and gown to the Fellowship Hall one-half hour prior to the service so that there will be adequate time to robe and assemble for the procession.

As part of the service, we will observe a special rite of consecration for ministry in and with the Church. Following the sermon, all graduates - liberal arts students, business students, and church work graduates - will be invited to stand for the rite of consecration. Please be aware that the graduating class will have a speaking part in the liturgy.

We all are praying that God will richly bless you and your future. Please join us in praying that God will bless the graduation exercises as well.

Campus Pastor Ryan Matthias