Concordia Graduation

May 5, 2018
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Herl Receives Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Joseph Herl, professor of music, was presented with the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award at the university’s commencement ceremony May 5, 2018.

"You all have no idea what a failure I am. In high school, my piano teacher told me I had no talent. In college, my voice teacher told me not to sign-up for voice again. In graduate school, my conducting teacher told me I’d never be an effective leader. Then, my first year at Concordia, my teacher evaluations were terrible. I asked my colleagues to help me become a better teacher – and they did. For everyone who receives this award, there are many, more deserving."
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Graduation Weekend Ceremonies

Please join us on campus throughout graduation weekend to celebrate this exciting milestone.

Friday, May 4, 2018

11:30 a.m. Luncheon Classes of 2018 and 1968
1:30 p.m. Graduation Rehearsal
7:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Service

Saturday, May 5, 2018

10:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony doors open at 8:00 Watch the live stream
Stream begins 15 minutes prior to ceremony.
12:00 p.m. Graduate Luncheon

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Honorary Award Recipients

The Board of Regents of Concordia University, Nebraska recently endorsed the recommendation of the Concordia faculty in naming the university’s 2017 honorary award recipients.

Doctor of LawsWilliam W. BiggsLincoln, Neb.
Doctor of LawsRev. Dr. Robert RosinBallwin, Mo.
Master EducatorCherie WernerBattle Creek, Neb.
Distinguished Service AwardJohn B. MerzPuyallup, Wash.
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Commencement Speaker

Rev. Dr. Robert Rosin

Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Rosin received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia Teachers College, now Concordia University Chicago, in 1972, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1976. He earned both a Master of Arts Degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977 and 1986 respectively. In addition, he was a resident research fellow at the Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany, from 1979 – 1981.

Rosin currently serves as professor of Historical Theology (Emeritus) for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In addition to teaching, he has served as chair of the Department of Historical Theology, editor of Concordia Seminary publications and executive director of the Center for Reformation Research, in St. Louis, Missouri.

While he was teaching at Concordia Seminary, Rosin also served as coordinator of Theological Education in Eurasia for LCMS World Mission, assisting Lutheran churches with theological curriculum development. He taught short and long-term history and theology courses at Lutheran theological schools in Eurasia, ranging from Central Asia Lutheran Seminary in Kyrgyzstan to Westfield House in Cambridge, England, as well as in Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Cambodia and Brazil.

In addition, he has presented numerous lectures for congregations and has taught at universities and professional schools around the world such as Ethiopia, Croatia, Brazil, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. He serves as a frequent resource on the Reformation.

He has held membership in the Society for Reformation Research (executive board and treasurer), Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (executive council, membership secretary, and treasurer), American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek (founding member, executive board, and secretary/treasurer), Verein für Reformationsgeschichte, Luther-Gesellschaft, Renaissance Society of America, American Society of Church History, and Lutheran Historical Conference.

His service on Synodical commissions have included the Commission on Doctrinal Review (chairman) and the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (secretary).

Rev. Dr. Rosin and his wife, Laine, live in Ballwin, Missouri, and attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Missouri.