Graduating seniors recognized for outstanding academic achievements at 2021 Commencement Honors Dinner

Published by Logan Tuttle 1 month ago on Sat, May 8, 2021 10:41 AM
Kaitlyn Radebaugh of Roca, Neb., one of Concordia’s graduating seniors recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments, receives her honors from Dr. Tim Preuss, Concordia provost, during the University’s Commencement Honors Dinner May 7.

Concordia University, Nebraska honored graduating seniors who achieved outstanding academic accomplishments during their college career at its Commencement Honors Dinner on May 7.

Every year, each academic department may give two or more awards, depending on the size of the department and the number of students in the program. Each department establishes its own criteria for determining award recipients, but the criteria must, at minimum, consider the student’s grade-point average, level of service to the department and level of service to Concordia.

“We are pleased and proud to honor these students for their accomplishments and as representatives of an outstanding student body,” said Dr. Tim Preuss, Concordia provost. “These students have added significantly to our academic community and have been a blessing both to the faculty with whom they have studied and the students with whom they have learned.”

Concordia’s College of Arts and Sciences, represented by Dr. Brent Royuk, dean of the college, honored the following students:

  • Elizabeth Bergdolt, Grand Island, Neb., Chemistry
  • Luke Blomenberg, Norfolk, Neb., History, Human Biology
  • Jacob Garrison, Malcolm, Neb., English, Biblical Languages
  • Ryan Groh, Seward, Neb., Biblical Languages
  • Aaron Jackson, Palestine, Texas, Music
  • Sarah Johnson, Waconia, Minn., Art Education
  • Michael Leapley, New Berlin, Wis., Theology
  • Charlotte Lines, Marshall, Mo., Music Education
  • Abigail Lyons, Dwight, Neb., Organismal Biology
  • Dylan Paap, Dunbar, Neb., Physics
  • Samuel Sisco, David City, Neb., Graphic Design
  • Kara Stark, Magnolia, Texas, History
  • Hannah Watt, Fairmont, Minn., Theatre


Concordia’s College of Business, represented by Jonathon Moberly, dean of the college, honored the following students:

  • Ross Briggs, Seward, Neb., Mathematics Education
  • Katherine Miles, Marshall, Mo., Business Administration, Marketing
  • Henry Reimer, Sussex, Wis., Accounting and Business Administration, Finance


Concordia’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, represented by Dr. Lorinda Sankey, dean of the college, honored the following students:

  • Emma Brand, Springfield, Mo., Elementary Education
  • Jennika Chapman, Westminster, Colo., Exercise Science
  • Sydney Clark, Clive, Iowa, Public Health and Fitness
  • Callie Firminhac, Torrington, Wyo., Early Childhood Education
  • Erin Johnson, Daykin, Neb., Psychology
  • Olivia Johnson, Kansas City, Kan., Behavioral Science
  • Emily Jones, Benkelman, Neb., Special Education
  • Makayla Kosberg, Spring Hill, Kan., Secondary Education
  • Kaitlyn Radebaugh, Roca, Neb., Exercise Science
  • Katie Wrege, Georgetown, Texas, Middle-Level Education