Apr 13, 2023 Print This Article

Commencement exercises planned at Concordia Seminary

184th academic year comes to a close

Commencement exercises for the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis 2023 graduating class will take place Friday, May 19. The public is invited to attend.

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. David Adams, professor of Exegetical Theology and the W.G. Ray and Louis J. Rechtzigel Professor of Biblical Studies at 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. Rear Adm. Dr. Gregory Todd (’88), who serves as the chief of chaplains in the U.S. Navy, will deliver the Commencement address. Five special honors also will be given:

  • Honorary Doctor of Divinity: Rear Adm. Gregory Todd of Washington, D.C.
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws: Rev. Raul Blum of São Leopoldo, RS, Brazil
  • Distinguished Alumnus: Rev. Bart Day of St. Louis
  • Christus Vivit Award: Kaye Wolff of Southfield, Mich.
  • Christus Vivit Award: Dr. Beverly Yahnke of Brookfield, Wis.

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 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod around the world and more than 13,000 individuals who have received degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in the school’s 184-year history.

Everyone is encouraged to share their celebratory comments and photos with the hashtags #CSLGrad2023 and #SharingtheGospelSharingOurLives on social media. The livestream for the Theological Diploma Service will begin at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) and for the Commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) at csl.edu/live.

About Concordia Seminary

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit csl.edu.