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Spring Commencement 2020

 

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Congratulations Class of 2020!

We want to celebrate the completion of your degree during this remarkable time in history. Although we couldn't celebrate together as we originally intended, we want to honor and recognize your accomplishments in a virtual ceremony online. The links to the virtual ceremonies that premiered on June 27th are below. Spring 2020 graduates have the opportunity to walk in the May 8, 2021 ceremony. CUI will reach out to you with more information when it comes available.

Contact Sarah Anderson with your questions.

CUI Proud!

Download and display this sign - decorate your car, post it in your window or on your lawn, and celebrate your graduation! Be sure to use the hashtags #CUIClassof2020 #CUIGrad to show us how you’re celebrating.

Class of 2020 Sign

Closing Convocation

May 2, 2020

As the semester draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate! Please join us for a Closing Convocation. The entire CUI community is invited to join together in worship and celebration as we bring the academic year to an official close. The virtual event will start with a brief worship service and end with the Undergraduate Academic Achievement Ceremony for graduating seniors.


Worship

Worship Service

Watch Closing Convocation


Academic Achievement Ceremony

Academic Achievement Ceremony

Watch Closing Convocation

Outstanding Graduates 2020

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

After several rounds of voting, two finalists each had an equal number of votes. When this occurred two times, it was decided that this year’s award would be shared by two graduates.


Haley Babineau

Maia Jorgensen

CUI Eagle Athletics Celebrates A Record Nine Senior Award Winners

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School of Business & Economics Departmental Awards 2020

Accounting

  • McKinley Becraft

Business Data Analytics

  • Yiquan Wang

Economics

  • Santiago Saldaño

Finance

  • Otto G. Heinz

International Business

  • Taylor Elizabeth Fischer

Management

  • Ghada Alajeely

Marketing

  • Darla Misiuk

Sport Management

  • Haley Katherine Diefenbach

School of Arts & Sciences Departmental Awards 2020

Behavioral Sciences: General

  • Kayleen Michele Bretz

Behavioral Sciences: Psychology

  • Natalie Susanne Wellman

Behavioral Sciences: Sociology

  • Abigail Fluegge

Biology: Bachelor of Science

  • Savannah Leigh Neu

Biology: Bachelor of Arts

  • Maxwell Cameron Wickens

Chemistry

  • Andrew Thomas Poore

Communication Studies: General Communication

  • Alaina Barr

Communication Studies: Mass Communication

  • Charlotte Waite

English

  • Elizabeth Balzanti

Kinesiology

  • Bailey Joseph Collins

Graphic Design

  • Damie Zomerschoe

History and Political Thought

  • Jackson Allen Goodwin

Music

  • Owen Duncan

Physics

  • Michelle Marie Caldwell

Psychology

  • Michelle Christylynn LiQing Hoff

Pre-Physical Therapy/Allied Health

  • Madeleine Louise Giddings

Studio Art

  • Emily Wells

Theatre: Acting and Directing

  • Sarah Nicole Thompson

Mathematics

  • Amanda J. Morgan
  • Ronee Lee Watson

School of Education Departmental Awards 2020

Liberal Studies

  • Haley Katherine Babineau

Christ College Departmental Awards 2020

Christian Education Leadership

  • Jonah T. Kaufmann

Theology

  • Rachel Helen Brandmire

Latin Honors 2020*

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 the completion of Fall 2019 and may change after completion of Spring 2020 semester.

Cum Laude (3.7-3.79 GPA)

  • Ghada Alajeely
  • Ashley Ann Marie Balestreri
  • Ingrid Becker
  • Tiffany Lauren Chan
  • Kathryn Aliese Clausen
  • Shannon Daviscourt
  • Madeleine Elizabeth Dodge
  • Kelle Lynne Fiske
  • Meghan Andona Gleeson
  • Leah Grace Gong
  • Otto G. Heinz
  • Elena Isogawa
  • Spencer Mattila
  • Bryan Scott Meyers
  • Haunani Nicole Pedro
  • Isabel Sierzchula
  • Rachel Ellyn Stokes
  • Ronee Lee Watson
  • Kaelyn Marie Whitcomb
  • Bohyun Zalewski

Magna Cum Laude (3.8-3.89 GPA)

  • Blake Abel
  • Michael Ambrose
  • Alaina Barr
  • Rachel Helen Brandmire
  • Caden Carver
  • Trevor Casillas
  • Abigail Fluegge
  • MacKenzie Tyler Shelley Graham
  • Sabrina Nicole Hagg
  • Hannah Hopkins
  • Jade Alysia Jette
  • Maia Caitlin Jorgensen
  • Augustine Mallinson
  • Abigail Joy Maqsood
  • Elvin Mercado
  • Darla Misiuk
  • Hailey O'Neil
  • Denise Ann Sprimont
  • Shelby Lynn Swartz
  • Isabelle Upchurch
  • Melody Vallejos
  • Derek Vollero
  • Yiquan Wang

Summa Cum Laude (3.9-4.0 GPA)

  • Haley Katherine Babineau
  • Elizabeth Balzanti
  • McKinley Becraft
  • Lauren Jean Bristow
  • Michelle Marie Caldwell
  • Julia Kathryn DenBoer
  • Haley Katherine Diefenbach
  • Owen Duncan
  • Jackson Allen Goodwin
  • Michelle Christylynn LiQing Hoff
  • Megan Hussey
  • Emily Kivisto
  • Sarah Kretschmar
  • Benjamin Estrada Lang
  • Jonathan Joseph Lawrence
  • Jillian Olivia May
  • Emily McCarthy
  • Amanda J. Morgan
  • Savannah Leigh Neu
  • Andrew Thomas Poore
  • Samantha Lee Redmond
  • Kameron David Reyes
  • Chase Alec Seely
  • Sarah Nicole Thompson
  • Charlotte Waite
  • Natalie Susanne Wellman

Honors Associate & Honors Scholar 2020

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.

Honors Associate (12-17 points)

  • Alexandra Haider
  • Hannah Hopkins
  • Abigail M. Large
  • Amanda J. Morgan
  • Savannah Leigh Neu
  • Andrew Thomas Poore
  • Rachel Ellyn Stokes
  • Shelby Lynn Swartz
  • Sarah Nicole Thompson

Honors Scholar (18+ points)

  • Elizabeth Balzanti
  • McKinley Becraft
  • Michelle Marie Caldwell
  • Owen Duncan
  • Jackson Allen Goodwin
  • Maia Caitlin Jorgensen
  • Emily Kivisto
  • Benjamin Estrada Lang
  • Josiah Victor Popp
  • Briahna Reichenbach
  • Denise Ann Sprimont
  • Natalie Susanne Wellman

Honors Societies 2020

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.

Omicron Delta Kappa (Honor Society)

  • Cheyanne Arnold
  • Haley Katherine Babineau
  • Kayleen Michele Bretz
  • Caden Carver
  • Emily Danielle Chan
  • Kathryn Aliese Clausen
  • Sydney Beth Connella
  • Shannon Daviscourt
  • Julia Kathryn DenBoer
  • Haley Katherine Diefenbach
  • Taylor Elizabeth Fischer
  • Kelle Lynne Fiske
  • Payton Gibo
  • Madeleine Louise Giddings
  • MacKenzie Tyler Shelley Graham
  • Maia Caitlin Jorgensen
  • Emily Kivisto
  • Sarah Kretschmar
  • Benjamin Estrada Lang
  • Jonathan Joseph Lawrence
  • Haunani Nicole Pedro
  • Samantha Lee Redmond
  • Briahna Reichenbach
  • Madeline Smith
  • Denise Ann Sprimont
  • Rachel Ellyn Stokes
  • Shelby Lynn Swartz
  • Yiquan Wang
  • Ronee Lee Watson
  • Leader of the Year: Josiah Victor Popp

Sigma Beta Delta (Honor Society)

  • Ghada Alajeely
  • McKinley Becraft
  • Lauren Jean Bristow
  • Emily Danielle Chan
  • Haley Katherine Diefenbach
  • Otto G. Heinz
  • Zackary M. Hollander
  • Maia Caitlin Jorgensen
  • Benjamin Estrada Lang
  • Jonathan Joseph Lawrence
  • Darla Misiuk
  • Jordan Quinn
  • Elizabeth Scheffler
  • Yiquan Wang
  • Alexander J. Zalasky

Beta Beta Beta (Honor Society)

  • Caden Carver
  • Kaela Karena Faiai
  • Hannah Hopkins
  • Mohini Moulick
  • Savannah Leigh Neu
  • Andrew Thomas Poore
  • Madeline Smith
  • Rachel Ellyn Stokes
  • Maxwell Cameron Wickens

Pi Mu Epsilon (Honor Society)

  • Michelle Marie Caldwell
  • Alexander M. DiMascio
  • MacKenzie Tyler Shelley Graham
  • Rachel Joy Holten
  • Abigail M. Large
  • Amanda J. Morgan
  • Andrew Thomas Poore
  • Remus Ciprian Risnoveanu
  • Ronee Lee Watson

Psi Chi (Honor Society)

  • Crezel Andrea Alegado
  • Kayleen Michele Bretz
  • Caden Carver
  • Abigail Fluegge
  • Payton Gibo
  • Michelle Christylynn LiQing Hoff
  • Avery McKay Keathley
  • Jacob Mahood
  • Briahna Reichenbach
  • Chase Alec Seely
  • Melody Vallejos

Theta Alpha Kappa (Honors Society)

  • Blake Abel
  • Haunani Nicole Pedro

Academic Fraternities 2020

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)

  • Nicolas Avila
  • Katherine Chan
  • Sydney Beth Connella
  • Yiquan Wang
  • Yaileen Zamora
  • Junda Zhou

Phi Delta Epsilon (Academic Fraternity)

  • Rosemary Hernandez

Phi Epsilon Kappa (Academic Fraternity)

  • Damika Betty Chieng
  • Julia Kathryn DenBoer
  • Matthew Dimnik
  • Madeleine Louise Giddings
  • Shannon Graham
  • Megan Jean Hasty
  • Heather Marie Hersh
  • Jacob A. Hom
  • Jade Alysia Jette
  • Maria-Mercedes Jimenez
  • Sarah Marie Llerenas
  • Briahna Reichenbach
  • Tamia Andrea Shoshone
  • Darcy Lachlan Taig
  • Jessica Washington

Christ College Medallions & Certificates 2020

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.

Certificates

Director of Parish Music

  • Alexander Guebert
  • Jonathan Vevia

Director of Christian Education

  • Harold Bohrer
  • Catherine Ann Bluege
  • Adam Todd Dougherty
  • Madison Haase
  • Linda Horton
  • Kristin Elizabeth Schmidt

Lutheran Teaching Certificate: Elementary

  • Megan Grace Clift
  • Leah Elizabeth Mueller
  • Madeline Irene Parrish

Pre-Seminary

  • Owen Duncan
  • Samuel Ryan Hoag

Medallions

Cross-cultural Ministry Center 

  • Carlos V. Velazquez

Director of Christian Education

  • Catherine Ann Bluege
  • Harold Bohrer
  • Rachel Helen Brandmire
  • Linda Horton
  • Jonah T. Kaufmann
  • Linaya My Thanh Kolke
  • Rachel Eilene Moeller
  • Kristin Elizabeth Schmidt

Director of Parish Music

  • Alexander Guebert
  • Jonathan Vevia

Pre-Seminary

  • Owen Duncan
  • Samuel Ryan Hoag

Lutheran Teacher: Elementary

  • Haley Katherine Babineau
  • Ingrid Becker
  • Noah Eschmann
  • Jonah Hermanas
  • Abigail Joy Maqsood
  • Megan McKim
  • Samantha Lee Redmond
  • Cassandra Victoria Sheek
  • Isabelle Upchurch

Lutheran Teacher: Secondary

  • Kathryn Aliese Clausen
  • Anton Ray De La Cruz
  • Rachel Joy Holten
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