Date: March 2014
To: Candidates for Graduation and Families
From: Prof. Ken Clavir, Registrar
RE: Commencement Information for 2013- 2014
Commencement activities will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Bren Events Center on the campus of University of California, Irvine (UCI). Concordia holds its Commencement at UCI so that we may accommodate the maximum number of family members and friends at your graduation celebration.
There is also Baccalaureate Worship service for all graduates that will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Concordia's campus in the CU Center. This is a religious service before Commencement and will last about an hour. Seating for students, family and guests is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Commencement will take place during two separate ceremonies. The Bachelor of Arts ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. and last approximately 1½ hours. The Masters Ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. and last approximately 1½ hours. No tickets are required for any of the Commencement events.
Please continue to check this webpage frequently as it is updated when additional information becomes available from the Commencement Committee. You are also encouraged to share this webpage with family and friends so they too have access to information about Commencement activities.
Day Schedule - Saturday, May 3, 2014
Commencement will take place at the Bren Events Center on the campus of University of California, Irvine (UCI). No tickets are needed and you may invite as many guests as you like! The Bren Events Center is located on the corner of Mesa and West Peltason. Parking is $10.00 for the day and is limited. The ceremony lasts approximately 1½ hours. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
||Live Webstreaming of Commencement Events at cui.edu/live
||Baccalaureate Worship Service (CU Center, Concordia Campus) Preacher: Rev. Dr. C.J. Armstrong
||Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony (Bren Events Center, UC Irvine) Guest Speaker: Dr. Gene Veith
- 12:00 p.m. - Bren Events Center doors are open
- 12:30 p.m. - Commencement Lineup (Lot 6A Bren Events Center, UCI Campus)
- 12:55 p.m. - Commencement procession will begin. Faculty Marshals will assist with lineup and seating. There will be two open seating groups, traditional undergrad and ADP. Names will be read using cards. Students may sit with whomever they wish within their program groups.
- 1:00-2:30 p.m. - Undergraduate Commencement. All graduates are expected to remain seated until the entire ceremony has ended and faculty has recessed.
||Graduate Commencement Ceremony (Bren Events Center, UC Irvine) Guest Speaker: Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier
- 4:00 p.m. - Bren Events Center Doors open
- 4:30 p.m. - Commencement Lineup (Lot 6A Bren Events Center, UCI Campus)
- 4:55 p.m. - Commencement procession will begin. Faculty Marshals will assist with lineup and seating. There will be five grouping arrangements: Theology, International Studies, MBA, Coaching and Athletic Administration, Teaching Credential/Regional Cohort MAED. Names will be read using cards. Students may sit with whomever they wish within the groupings.
- 5:00-6:30 p.m. - Graduate Commencement. All graduates are expected to remain seated until the entire ceremony has ended and faculty has recessed.
Important Dates to Remember
Deadlines for Applications
|By June 14
|June 15-July 12
|After July 12
|By September 27
|Sept 28-Nov 15
|After Nov 15
|By December 6
|Dec 7-Jan 31
|After Jan 31
Graduation Information Meetings
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Location: Concordia, Grimm Hall 120
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Location: Concordia, Grimm Hall 120
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Location: Concordia, Grimm Hall 120
Monday, March 17, 2014
Location: Concordia, Grimm Hall, 3rd floor
Food, fun and graduation products (announcements, certificates of appreciation, diploma frames, Eagle wear). There will also be drawings for fantastic prizes!!!
Academic Achievement Service
Friday, May 2, 2014
Concordia CU Center
This event recognizes undergraduate students receiving honors and Department Awards. Students will receive email notification and an invitation in the mail from the HR/Provost Office.
Other Important Information
Please mail any address changes to:
Office of the Registrar
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612
or FAX it to 949-214-3505
Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for the final posting of your degree. Upon the completion of the semester, all applications for graduation will be reviewed and evaluated for completion of program requirements.
Because Summer and Fall graduates have already received their diplomas and Spring candidates have not been evaluated due to the faculty grade deadline, diplomas are not given at the Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed approximately 6 to 8 weeks after graduation once all requirements and financial responsibilities have been meet.
Federal Loan Exit Counseling
If you have borrowed money under the Stafford Loan program, federal regulations require you to complete Loan Exit Counseling before graduating. The Financial Aid Office has arranged for you to complete the session online at www.cui.edu/loans. If you have questions, contact Financial Aid at 949-214-3070.
Honors and Honor Cords
Honors are awarded to undergraduate students, and for the commencement ceremony, are based on the cumulative grade point average at the end of the Fall semester. Honors are not awarded to graduate programs. Students will receive honor cords at the Achievement and Milestone Ceremony on Friday prior to Commencement or at the staging area on Commencement Day. Once Spring grades are calculated, honor status will be re-evaluated and may change. Honors are calculated based on all college/university coursework ever attempted. This includes grades that Concordia may or may not have accepted toward your degree program. Honors are noted on the student's transcript and diploma.
||3.70 – 3.79
|Magna Cum Laude
||3.80 – 3.89
|Summa Cum Laude
||3.90 – 4.00
Out-of-Town Guest Accommodations
For the convenience of your out-of-town guests, Concordia has special rates at the following area hotels:
- Double Tree Hotel (Hilton Worldwide) offers special Concordia University student rates. Phone them at (949) 471-8888 for rates and availability or visit their online reservations. Mention that you are affiliated with Concordia University when making your reservation.
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When all classwork is completed and grades have been submitted, the Registrar's Office will post your degree to your transcript. This process usually takes 4 to 6 weeks after the end of the semester. A copy of your transcript may be requested and will be mailed to you provided that you have no outstanding financial obligations to the University. Transcripts can be ordered in person at the Registrar's or the request form is available online.
If you have any questions about Commencement activities, please email Brittany Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the website often, as it will be updated with information throughout the spring semester.
If you need information about the actual process to apply and have your degree posted, please check out the Graduation Information section of the website.