With continued concern for the health and safety of Concordia University Chicago’s students and the community, all Fall 2020 Commencement exercises will be held virtually, streaming online Dec. 11 and 12. Each event can be viewed on the University’s website livestream or Facebook page. The schedule of ceremonies is as follows:

  • Doctoral Hooding - Friday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m.
  • Undergraduate Commencement - Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.
  • Graduate Commencement - Saturday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m.

The undergraduate ceremony speaker will be Rev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa, senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Irvine, CA and a published scholar and author; and the student speaker will be Shelby Spitz, who is graduating with a BS in secondary education.

Karl Kreft will be awarded with a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, at the undergraduate ceremony. Kreft is the retired owner and operator of Bohle Machine Tools, Inc., and a noted philanthropist. He and his wife Shirley’s financial generosity has benefited students, faculty, staff and stakeholders at many Lutheran institutions.

The speakers at the graduate ceremony will be Justin Kilian, earning a PhD in health and human performance, and Dr. Kathryn Wozniak, CUC’s associate dean of students for academic resources and associate professor of educational technology.

The doctoral hooding ceremony, a new tradition, will feature videos submitted from doctoral graduates receiving their hood from a friend or family member, as their name and dissertation title are read. The ceremony does not replace commencement, but is an additional special celebration.

Degree completion is a separate process from the ceremonial rite of commencement and will not be affected or delayed by the ceremony format. For more information, visit the Commencement website.