Join us for Commencement Weekend May 8-10 as we celebrate the latest Concordia graduates and welcome home the Class of 1970 for the Golden Reunion! There will be many events taking place on campus throughout the weekend, so be sure to check back here for the latest details.

Graduation Weekend Schedule

Register for events

Registration is required for all events except commencement. 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Professional Church Work Graduate Sending Service 10:15 a.m.

Weller Auditorium

Celebration Luncheon 11:30 a.m.

Cattle Conference Room, Janzow Campus Center

Classes of 2020 and 1970

Graduation Rehearsal 1:30 p.m.

Walz Arena

Required for all undergraduates

Master's Degree Reception 2:30 p.m.

Bulldog Grill, Janzow Campus Center

Graduates arrive for Baccalaureate Service  6:45 p.m.

St John Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

Baccalaureate Service 7 p.m.

St. John Lutheran Church

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Doors open 8 a.m.

Walz Arena

Commencement Line-Up for Graduates 9 a.m.

Thom Leadership Education Center

Commencement Ceremony 10 a.m.

Walz Arena

Graduate Luncheon 12 p.m.

Cattle Conference Room, Janzow Campus Center

Information for Graduates

Order your graduation announcements and invitations

Caps, Tassels, Gowns and Hoods

Your regalia will be ordered when you complete your commencement registration. You can pick up your regalia at the Campus Store during open hours. If you are not able to pick up your items prior to rehearsal, call 402-643-7400

Baccalaureate Service

Graduates will sit together and should wear their gown, tassel and cap (no hood) for the baccalaureate service. 


Gather on the main floor of the Thom Leadership Education Center and line up as indicated by the signs with your cap, tassel, gown and hood on. You are also encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.

Please do not bring personal belongings or valuables to Thom, as there will not be an area in which to securely store them during the ceremony.

Rain Plan

In the event of rain or high winds on commencement day, gather in the Fieldhouse in Walz by 9 a.m. Signs will be posted at Thom if the gathering place changes.

Seating for Guests

Guests will be seated in the bleachers of the Walz Arena. Seating for individuals with disabilities will be in marked areas of the concourse above the bleachers. 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. Additional disability seating will be available in the Athletic Hall of Fame room.

Seats on the floor are reserved for graduates.

After Commencement

Faculty Marshals will usher all graduates onto the stadium field at the conclusion of the ceremony. A complimentary lunch will be available for graduates and their guests in the Janzow Campus Center.

If you have additional questions, please contact the University Registrar.

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Ed Siffring

University Registrar


To view the commencement livestream, click here

Livestream will begin 15 minutes prior to start of commencement.

Coe Receives Outstanding Teaching Award

“Thank you, everyone, for this kind recognition,” Coe said. “I am humbled and grateful to God. I want to thank President Friedrich, Provost Preuss, Dr. Holtorf, my department chair, all of my mentors in the theology department and all of my colleagues on the Concordia faculty. Thank you for having me!”

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Honorary Degrees

As a Christ-centered, Lutheran university, Concordia recognizes the distinct privilege, opportunity and obligation it has to honor and uphold the faithful Christian witness of individuals who have rendered distinguished service to the Church or made outstanding contributions to society. To this end, the university presents honorary degrees and awards to individuals who have distinguished themselves in any field of endeavor where their demonstrated actions and accomplishments are in harmony with the purpose of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Doctor of Laws Degree

Doctor of Letters Degree

Crest of Christ Award

Master Educator Award

Distinguished Service Award