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Commencement exercises planned at Concordia Seminary

182nd academic year comes to a close

Commencement exercises for the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis 2021 graduating class will take place Friday, May 21.

The day’s events begin at 10 a.m. (CDT) with the Theological Diploma Service in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the Seminary’s campus. Theological diplomas will be presented at this service to all graduating students eligible to receive a call as a pastor or deaconess in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Dr. Daniel Preus, special assistant to the -president and former interim president of Concordia Seminary, will deliver the sermon.

Commencement will take place at 7 p.m. (CDT) outdoors in the Seminary’s Main Quadrangle. Academic degrees and honors will be presented during this ceremony. Dr. John Wohlrabe, Jr., second vice president of the LCMS, will deliver the Commencement address. Five special honors also will be given:

  • Christus Vivit Award: Chris Shearman of St. Louis.
  • Distinguished Alumnus: Dr. Robert L. Rahn of Macomb, Mich.
  • Honorary Doctor of Divinity: Dr. John Wohlrabe Jr.
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters: Ted Kober of Billings, Mont.
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws: Dr. Dale A. Meyer of Collinsville, Ill.

To read biographies of the honorees, visit csl.edu/commencement.

This year’s graduates will be joining more than 7,000 called leaders of the LCMS around the world and more than 13,000 individuals who have received degrees from Concordia Seminary in the school’s 182-year history.

Due to capacity restrictions, in-person seating is limited to participating students and their invited guests, as well as participating staff and faculty. All others are invited to watch the Commencement exercises at csl.edu/live or on our YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/ConcordiaSeminary. Everyone is encouraged to share their celebratory comments and photos with the hashtags #CSLGrad2021 and #JesusForever on social media.

Live stream for the Theological Diploma Service will begin at 9:45 a.m. (CDT) and at 6:45 p.m. (CDT) for the Commencement ceremony, May 21 at csl.edu/live.