More than 2,500 graduates joined the Concordia-Chicago ranks of degreed alumni over the past 18 months, and each individual conquered various challenges to complete their degree. The one thing that made them different from generations of Cougars past is that they had to celebrate commencement virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the winter and spring classes of 2020 and spring class of 2021, this meant they weren’t able to experience walking across the stage and shaking the president’s hand as their families and friends cheered them on.

While all those who completed degrees received their diplomas in the mail, the University recognized the special value of commemorating these achievements in person. Concordia-Chicago is now blessed to invite back the entire class of 2020 and the spring class of 2021 for In-Person Commencement Weekend, Sept. 18-19.

Several ceremonies will provide these former graduates with the experience of hearing their names called as they accept their diplomas in front of family and friends:

  • Saturday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m.: Graduate Class of 2020 Ceremony
  • Saturday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.: Graduate Spring Class of 2021 Ceremony
  • Sunday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.: Commencement Worship Service
  • Sunday, Sept. 19, 2 p.m.: Undergraduate Classes of 2020 and Spring 2021 Ceremony

“Finally being able to attend an in-person ceremony is a bit surreal! This past year has put a hold on a lot of major things in life, particularly the chance to walk across that graduation stage and claim what I worked so hard for,” says Rebecca Tidaback BA ’20. “I am looking forward to finally getting the chance to soak it all in and being reminded that all my hard work and long nights paid off. I did it!” Tidaback is traveling from Colorado to attend the undergraduate ceremony, bringing her grandmother, aunt and uncle, and a couple of friends.

The entire CUC community looks forward to honoring the classes of 2020 and spring 2021. Tickets are required to attend in person, and current state of Illinois protocols include mandatory face coverings indoors for all guests. All services will also be streamed online at CUChicago.edu/live for those unable to attend. For full event details, visit CUChicago.edu/commencement.