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Spring Commencement 2022

In-person Ceremonies at Concordia University Irvine

Friday, May 6, 2022

Baccalaureate Worship Service: 3:30 PM

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Bachelor’s Graduates: Start Times Vary
Master’s Graduates: Start Times Vary
Doctoral Candidates: 8:30 AM

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Congratulations, Class of 2022!

We are excited to invite our graduates, to a walk-through experience on Concordia’s main campus, with multiple, simultaneous, and consecutive Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

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View pre-recorded Commencement greetings from President Michael A. Thomas, student speaker Payton Walter, and Director of Alumni and Family Relations Tamara Sauern '02, MA '18.

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Worship

Baccalaureate Service

May 6, 2022 at 3:30PM
CU Center, Concordia University Irvine

This service is for all graduating students their attending family and friends. Following the Baccalaureate Worship Service, individual academic programs may host celebratory events for graduates from those programs. Information regarding these events will be communicated by each academic program.

Conferral of Degree Celebrations

Ceremony Details

Information regarding Commencement will continue to be updated as the graduation committee secures details. Students, please be sure to check your Eagle’s email frequently for the most current information.

Baccalaureate Worship Service

This service is for all graduating students their attending family and friends. Following the Baccalaureate Worship Service, individual academic programs may host celebratory events for graduates from those programs. Information regarding these events will be communicated by each academic program.

Date: May 06, 2022
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: CU Center
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony

Date: May 7, 2022
Time: 8:45am - 12:00pm
Time slots are available by Reservation
(More information to come)
Location: CU Center
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

Commencement Format

As soon as you arrive on campus, you will be guided through a series of engaging experiences along a route through campus to the stage. Plan for walking approximately half a mile over a period of 30-40 minutes. PLEASE DRESS ACCORDINGLY! Portions of the walkway may be uphill. Graduates will enter the CU Center with their friends and family, walk across the stage, then have professional photos taken.

Two-Vehicle Parking Limit

Due to limited parking availability and venue capacity restrictions, graduates will be allowed to bring two cars with as many guests that can fit safely in that vehicle. The parking pass is in lieu of guest tickets. Your vehicles must be able to fit into a standard size parking stall (no RVs, limos, party-busses, etc.). Parking passes will be issued prior to the event. Vehicles without a parking pass will not be allowed on campus. We will not issue additional passes. Please plan accordingly.

Rain or Shine Event

Regardless of the weather circumstances, the ceremony will be held rain or shine.

Live-Stream

This ceremony will be live-streamed.

Photos

We are pleased to offer GradImages as our photo vendor. Pre-register for photography before the ceremony for 20% off of your order.

Health and Safety Guidelines

Lifting of COVID-related Restrictions:
As of April 1, 2022, the State of California is lifting all COVID-related restrictions on large events. As such, masks are no longer required for guests at large indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals are welcome to wear masks at Commencement-related activities if they choose to do so.

Commencement plans will be in compliance with the public health guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control, the State of California, and Orange County. We want to ensure the health and wellbeing of our Concordia community and commencement guests are a top priority. We kindly ask that guests and graduates use discretion when considering attending, and follow CDC guidelines for health screening and travel.

Decorum & Celebration Policies

Gown length and style may not be altered. Stoles and hoods may not be customized in any way. Modest personal embellishments are allowed on the cap, but MUST lay flat, cannot extend over the edge, and must be appropriate.

Only CUI-approved regalia (including pins, stoles, cords, and medallions) bestowed at the Undergraduate Academic Achievement ceremony and provided by university-sponsored clubs or CUI Veterans Resource Center may be worn at graduation. Decorative items such as costume leis, beads, or sashes may only be worn after the ceremony. Balloons, alcohol, glass, noisemakers, firearms, and weapons are not permitted on campus.

Guest Assistance

If your guests require assistance, such as a wheelchair or walker, please let them know they must bring their own. Golf cart rides will be provided for guests who need assistance.

Livestream Options

For friends and relatives who cannot attend in person, the Commencement ceremony 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.

Hotel and Travel Information

Concordia has partnered with local hotels to give you and your guests a pleasant stay during your celebration. Check back frequently for additional information.

Book a room at the Hilton Inn Irvine/Orange County using this link.

Book a room at the Courtyard Irvine Spectrum before April 15th using this link.

Local Airports

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.

Prepare for Your Big Day

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.

Regalia

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. Bachelor’s regalia includes a cap, gown, tassel, and stole. Master’s regalia includes a cap, gown, tassel, and hood. Doctoral graduates will order their regalia through Jostens. More information can be found on graduation pages for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral candidates.

Graduation Announcements, Class Rings, and Accessories

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.

2022 Outstanding Graduate

Hannah Lorraine Christian

Concordia University Irvine presents this award to one member of each class of graduating seniors. The honoree is chosen by vote of the faculty from a list of students who have demonstrated outstanding qualities in academic and personal achievement.

The criteria for selection are:

  • Exemplary Christian lifestyle
  • Active involvement in activities of the student body
  • Outstanding contributions to the university community
  • Academic GPA of at least 3.00

School of Business & Economics Departmental Awards 2022

Accounting

  • Viola Patience O'Neal

Business Data Analytics

  • Owen Milligan

Finance

  • Alexander Kitano

International Business

  • Katie Ann Fajer

Management

  • Oksana Marie Sosnovsky

Marketing

  • Madolyn Sauerbreit

Sport Management

  • Jake Theriault

School of Arts & Sciences Departmental Awards 2022

Behavioral Sciences: Anthropology

  • Michael Kenneth Ervin

Behavioral Sciences: General

  • Cailee Alyse Benford

Behavioral Sciences: Psychology

  • Rachel Tillmann

Behavioral Sciences: Sociology

  • Kaylee De la Motte

Biology: Bachelor of Science

  • Parker Hicks

Biology: Bachelor of Arts

  • Victoria Chau

Chemistry

  • Emma Parker

Communication Studies: General Communication

  • Kari Anne Wilhelm

Communication Studies: Mass Communication

  • Adyson Renee Casteel

Computer Science

  • Alexander McCune

English

  • Timothy Stueve

Graphic Design

  • Stacey Carajean St. Clair

History and Political Thought

  • Emily Yamada

International Studies

  • Hannah Marie Scheyder

Liberal Arts

  • Kacy Katharina Redmond

Music

  • Benjamin Michael Johnson

Physics

  • Heather Fujii

Studio Art

  • Meghan Lynn Geer

Theatre: Acting and Directing

  • Coryn McGowan

Theatre: Design and Technical Production

  • Christopher Aceves Jr.

School of Education Departmental Awards 2022

  • Hannah Lorraine Christian

Christ College Departmental Awards 2022

Biblical Languages

  • Jack Earthman

Christian Education Leadership

  • Scott Reese Rountree

Ministry Leadership

  • Cecelia Carrillo

School of Health and Human Sciences 2022

Healthcare Management

  • Kaitlyn Blachley

Kinesiology

  • Aaron W. Richardson

Latin Honors 2022

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 2021 semester and may change after completion of Spring 2022 semester.

Cum Laude (3.7-3.79 GPA)

  • Armando Cadena Padilla
  • Adyson Renee Casteel
  • Victoria Chau
  • William Shwe-Fu Chin
  • Shannon McCann Evans
  • Gabriella Aylene Frost
  • Alyssa Miyoko Kawata
  • Alexander Kitano
  • Jordyn Ludeman
  • Rachel Elizabeth Lwin
  • Julianne Kate Matthews
  • Emily Christine Mullins
  • Chase Murphy
  • Kayla Newman
  • Emma Parker
  • Mark Walter Siegert Jr.
  • Grace Acosta Smith
  • Timothy Stueve

Magna Cum Laude (3.8-3.89 GPA)

  • Cailee Alyse Benford
  • Corinne Gisele Clasen
  • Luke I. Crown
  • Katie Ann Fajer
  • Jenna Young Fitzsimmons
  • Joseph Fitzsimmons
  • Amanda Noelle Foley
  • Samantha Angela Gomez
  • Tyler Heggenes
  • Teyah Holliday
  • John Christopher Koelsch
  • Britney Anhmai Lam
  • Emma Harakuni Lyon
  • Owen Milligan
  • Madolyn Sauerbreit
  • Faith Pymrel Silzel
  • Oksana Marie Sosnovsky
  • Payton Walter

Summa Cum Laude (3.9-4.0 GPA)

  • Carter J. Annema
  • Natalie Marie Bergler
  • Amy Elizabeth Birch
  • Kaitlyn Blachley
  • Kimberly Jo Boland
  • Cecelia Carrillo
  • Hannah Lorraine Christian
  • Kaylee De la Motte
  • Ryan John Dunn
  • Sarah Louise Fajer
  • Evangeline Ann Gahn
  • Peighton Rose Garvin
  • Benjamin Michael Johnson
  • Coryn McGowan
  • Greta Moons
  • Sean Michael Nowlan
  • Jessica Olah
  • Jasmine Rachal
  • Hanni Rizk
  • Taylor Ruehs
  • Hannah Marie Scheyder
  • Maiken Bille Sorenson
  • Katelyn Thomas
  • Rachel Tillmann
  • Kathryn Timmerman
  • Valeria Ugaz
  • Kari Anne Wilhelm
  • McKenna Maureen Wilson
  • Savanna Joy Winchel

Honors Societies 2022

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. Psi Chi honors graduates in the field of Psychology. Theta Alpha Kappa recognizes graduates for religious studies and theology.

Omicron Delta Kappa (Honor Society)

  • Carter J. Annema
  • Halliona Yoko-Nishimoto Bacon
  • Cailee Alyse Benford
  • Natalie Marie Bergler
  • Adyson Renee Casteel
  • Avery Brooks Casteel
  • William Shwe-Fu Chin
  • Kaylee De la Motte
  • Ryan John Dunn
  • Shannon McCann Evans
  • Evangeline Ann Gahn
  • Meghan Lynn Geer
  • Samantha Angela Gomez
  • Kristen M. Harmon
  • Ryan James Jones
  • Alyssa Miyoko Kawata
  • Alexander Kitano
  • Greta Moons
  • Emma Parker
  • Madolyn Sauerbreit
  • Faith Pymrel Silzel
  • Maiken Bille Sorenson
  • Rachel Tillmann
  • Kathryn Timmerman
  • Savanna Joy Winchel

Sigma Beta Delta (Honor Society)

  • Armando Cadena Padilla
  • Emma Harakuni Lyon
  • Daigo Ikeda
  • Alexander Kitano
  • Owen Milligan
  • Chase Murphy
  • Madolyn Sauerbreit
  • Grace Acosta Smith
  • Oksana Marie Sosnovsky
  • Payton Walter

Beta Beta Beta (Honor Society)

  • Amanda Noelle Foley
  • Gabriella Aylene Frost
  • Parker Hicks
  • Emma Parker
  • Riley Elisabeth Panasewicz
  • Faith Pymrel Silzel
  • Savanna Joy Winchel

Psi Chi (Honor Society)

  • Cailee Alyse Benford
  • Michael Kenneth Ervin
  • Samantha Angela Gomez
  • Teyah Holliday
  • Emily Christine Mullins
  • Kayla Newman
  • Hanni Rizk
  • Katelyn Thomas
  • Rachel Tillmann
  • Alyssa Tock

Theta Alpha Kappa (Honors Society)

  • Cecelia Carrillo
  • Scott Reese Rountree

Academic Fraternities 2022

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.

Delta Sigma Pi (Fraternity)

  • Jayce Patrick Baclawski
  • Avery Brooks Casteel
  • Shangyi Chen
  • Spencer Davis
  • Gerardo Duran
  • Alyssa Flores
  • Hannah Mei Holtsberg
  • Alexander Kitano
  • Emma Harakuni Lyon
  • John Robert McCord
  • Owen Milligan
  • Chase Murphy
  • Anthony Rizk
  • Madolyn Sauerbreit

Phi Delta Epsilon (Academic Fraternity)

  • Amanda Noelle Foley
  • Emma Parker

Phi Epsilon Kappa (Academic Fraternity)

  • Julie Acton
  • Gunnar Ashmon
  • Emily Aase Castro
  • Devan Marie Doyle
  • Kiara Kimie Espeleta
  • Shannon McCann Evans
  • Peighton Rose Garvin
  • Peyton Hedwall
  • Alyssa Miyoko Kawata
  • Rachel Elizabeth Lwin
  • Jaslyn Martin
  • Aaron W. Richardson
  • Kathryn Timmerman

Christ College Medallions 2022

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.

Medallions

Director of Christian Education

  • Kessler O' Brien
  • Scott Reese Rountree
  • Jonah Andrew Sielaff
  • Jonathan Peterson
  • Hannah Elsey
  • Lindsey Ohling
  • Brianna Clark
  • Jacob Theiss

Lutheran Teaching

  • Hannah Lorraine Christian
  • Luke I. Crown
  • Jarrett Donham
  • Emily Louise Frasca
  • Johnathan Haaland
  • Ryan James Jones
  • Taylor Ruehs
  • Katelyn Maye Wilson

Pre-Seminary

  • Alexander Allsing

Pre-Deaconess Studies

  • Corinne Gisele Clasen

Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC)

  • Corey Garrity
  • Luis Eduardo Morales López
  • Joel D. Rockemann

Christ College Certificates 2022

Director of Christian Education (DCE) Program

  • Rachel Bahn
  • Grace Kaye
  • Tasha Mahshi
  • Ian Ranmarine
  • Lydia Woods

Lutheran Teaching: Elementary

  • Alyssa Candioto

PreSeminary

  • Alexander Allsing
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