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Office of the Registrar | Commencement
Baccalaureate Worship Service: 6:00 PM
Bachelor’s Graduates: 8:00 AM
Master’s Graduates: Start Times Vary
Class of 2020 Graduates: 12:15 PM
Doctoral Candidates: 2:00 PM
Concordia University Irvine celebrates its 2021 graduates and honorary award recipients. The ceremony includes the conferring of degrees, a welcome from Concordia's alumni association, and student response.
We are excited to invite our Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates, along with the Class of 2020, to a walk-through experience on Concordia’s main campus, with multiple, simultaneous, and consecutive Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Doctoral Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in the CU Center.
* Be sure to check with your graduate to find out in which venue they are walking.
Concordia University Irvine gathers as a community during this worship service to close the 2020-2021 academic year and to celebrate our 2021 graduates. This year’s theme verse: But, above all, continually consider God's kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will also be given to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
The celebration will be a walk-through experience; there will be no seating at the event.
We are pleased to offer GradImages as our photo vendor. Pre-register for photography before the ceremony for 20% off of your order.
Commencement plans will be in compliance with public health guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of California, and Orange County. We want to ensure the health and well-being of our Concordia community and commencement guests are a top priority.
If your guests require assistance, such as a wheelchair or walker, please let them know they must bring their own. Our walk-through Commencement event and activities will be solely standing and walking, no sitting, so please plan accordingly. Golf cart rides will be provided for guests who need assistance.
Due to limited parking availability and venue capacity restrictions, graduates will be issued one parking pass prior to commencement. Only one vehicle per graduate will be permitted. Your vehicle must fit into a standard size parking stall (no RVs, limos, party-busses, etc.). The one-vehicle limit will be strictly enforced; additional vehicles and those without the parking pass will be turned away at the gatehouse. Student transponders will be shut off on the day of Commencement to accommodate the traffic flow. Exceedingly large groups may not be able to enter the venue all at once.
For friends and relatives who cannot attend in person, the Commencement ceremony on May 8, 2021 will be live-streamed. A link will be made available on the day of the ceremony.
This page is frequently updated as additional information becomes available from the Commencement Committee. Please note that all Commencement events are subject to change in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. Please contact [email protected] with your commencement questions.
Concordia has partnered with the following local hotels to provide you with the best experience during your visit. Please be sure to read through their cancellation policies before you book.
The nearest airport to Concordia is John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA). Other nearby airports include Burbank Airport, Long Beach Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, and San Diego International Airport.
As you look ahead and anticipate walking in Concordia University Irvine’s Commencement Ceremony, preparation begins months in advance, beginning with your application for Graduation. Please see the degree pages for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral candidates to learn about deadlines and details.
Gowns for Bachelor's and Master's Graduates are sized according to height and weight and are ordered according to information provided on the Application for Graduation. Academic regalia is free of charge and includes a cap, gown, tassel, and stole. Doctoral graduates will order their regalia through Jostens'. More information can be found on graduation pages for Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral candidates.
You may order special Concordia University Irvine branded memorabilia from the Jostens' website or by calling 800-854-7464. CUI’s Bookstore also has some great alumni gear and diploma frames.
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School of Business & Economics Departmental Awards description.
School of Arts & Sciences Departmental Awards description.
School of Education Departmental Awards description.
Christ College Departmental Awards description.
Students who graduate cum laude have a cumulative grade point average between 3.70 and 3.79. Students who graduate magna cum laude have a cumulative grade point average between 3.8 and 3.89. Students who graduate summa cum laude have a cumulative grade point average above 3.899.
*Cumulative Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) is based on completion of Fall 2020 semester and may change after completion of Spring 2021 semester.
Graduates designated as Honors Associates have earned twelve to seventeen Honors points in their academic career. Graduates designated as Honors Scholars have earned eighteen or more Honors points in their academic career.
These select graduates have been recognized for their academic achievements by being inducted into an honor society. Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes graduates exhibiting academic excellence and extracurricular leadership activities. Sigma Beta Delta honors graduates in business, management, and administration. Beta Beta Beta honors graduates in the field of Biology. Pi Mu Epsilon recognizes graduates studying in the field of Mathematics. Psi Chi honors graduates in the field of Psychology. Theta Alpha Kappa recognizes graduates for religious studies and theology.
The following graduates have been invited to join professional fraternities. Delta Sigma Pi is a national professional business fraternity. Phi Delta Epsilon is an international medical fraternity. Phi Epsilon Kappa is a national fraternity for students pursuing careers in the health professions.
The Christ College medallion is awarded to Graduates of Christ College Ministry programs and distinguishes them for their added preparation to serve The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as a called Pastor, Lutheran Teacher, Director of Christian Education, or Director of Parish Music, or to advance to seminary study and future ministry by completing our Pre-Seminary or Pre-Deaconess programs.