As the University continues to follow Illinois Phase 4 guidelines for COVID-19, all Spring 2021 Commencement exercises will be held virtually, streaming online May 7 and 8. Each event can be viewed on the University’s livestream or Facebook page. The schedule of ceremonies is as follows:

  • Service of Praise and Consecration - Friday, May 7, 5 p.m.
  • Doctoral Hooding - Friday, May 7, 6 p.m.
  • Undergraduate Commencement - Saturday, May 8, 2 p.m.
  • Graduate Commencement - Saturday, May 8, 4 p.m.
commencement speaker
Sarah Kramer BA '06

The undergraduate ceremony speaker will be actor, director and teacher Sarah Kramer BA ’06. After teaching fourth grade for several years at Lutheran schools, Kramer followed God’s call to pursue her passion for acting. Her love of theater led to acting on camera and in voiceover, and she has been a professional actor for 10 years now. Kramer satisfies her love of teaching by directing the theater program at St. John’s Lutheran in Napa, CA, and co-directing a youth theater company there. She is actively involved in her church, where she is the lay reading coordinator and a member of the projection/streaming tech team.

The undergraduate student speaker will be Anna Krenz, who is graduating with a BS in business administration-marketing and BA in strategic communication. Krenz, of Hoffman, IL, competed on CUC’s cross-country, basketball, and track and field teams. Read more about Krenz on our Student Stories page.

commencement speaker
Dr. Jamie A. Kowalczyk


The graduate ceremony speaker, Dr. Jamie A. Kowalczyk, is assistant provost for academics and an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Concordia-Chicago. She earned her MAT in English at the University of Chicago and taught high school English for six years in Cicero and Evanston, IL, before beginning her doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation focused on immigration and schooling in Italy, where she lived for eight years. While in Italy she taught at the ISSR Mater Ecclesiae, Pontifical St. Thomas Aquinas University of Rome and worked with the Italian Ministry of Education.

The graduate student speaker will be Timothy Baker, who is earning his EdD in school leadership. He is currently the assistant principal for discipline, attendance and activities at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, IL. Read more about Baker on our Student Stories page.

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