Commencement & Baccalaureate Information for Spring 2016

Sunday, May 15 | Baccalaureate (Chapel of the Holy Trinity) 11am
Sunday, May 15 | Commencement (Concordia Field House) 2pm

All graduating students are welcome to participate in our Spring commencement ceremony as we do not offer a Winter commencement. If you have any questions please contact Corinne Kuclo

Application to Graduate for Undergrad & Graduate students.

Academic Regalia

  • Undergraduate & Graduate Students- All caps, gowns, hoods and tassels will be ordered directly through Jostens. To order online click here!
  • The deadline for ordering your regalia online is Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
  • After this date, you will have to call Jostens directly at 1-800-854-7464, which may result in a late processing fee.  Your regalia will be directly mailed to you. When they arrive, remove them immediately to make sure everything is present and hang up your gown to undo any wrinkling.

Additional Graduation Products

  • Class rings
  • Diploma frames
  • Graduation Announcements

Click Here to Order

Commencement Photography

Call Photography is proud to be the official commencement portrait photographer for Concordia University – Ann Arbor.  The photographer will take multiple images of each student during the commencement ceremony: when you shake hands with University President Dr. Patrick Ferry and as you leave the stage area.   To receive your complimentary online proofs, please complete the online check-in form (link coming soon).  Those who do not complete the online form will need to complete the form prior to the commencement ceremony on that day.  There is no obligation to order.  Complimentary online proofs will be emailed to you within 48 hours of the ceremony.  In addition, paper proofs will be mailed within 7 days of the ceremony.  If you have any questions regarding ordering or if you do not receive your proofs, please contact us atservice@callphotography.com or 734-449-2467.

Click here for the CALL Photography online check-in form.  Bonus: Graduates who complete the online form will receive a 10% discount.

Live Webcast

A live webcast will be available during the commencement ceremony for those that cannot attend in person. It will begin five minutes before the start of the event. Watch the live stream right here!

Baccalaureate/ Commencement Information

Baccalaureate - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity (approx. 1 hr.)

This service offers all students (Graduates & Undergraduates) the opportunity to end their college tenure in a worship setting.  Family and friends are encouraged to attend.  Students, family, & friends are requested to RSVP by April 1, 2016 to  corinne.kuclo@cuaa.edu. “Reminder” emails have been sent to all “walking” graduates, indicating the RSVP deadline.  You may also RSVP through the Academic Office (734-995-7586) by April 1, 2016.  Graduates & faculty will wear academic regalia for this service.

Baccalaureate Luncheon, 12:00 – 1:30 pm on Earhart Manor Patio

To accommodate those attending both Baccalaureate and Commencement, a luncheon will be provided at no cost to all attending the Baccalaureate service.  Attending the luncheon?  RSVP by April 3, 2015 tocorinne.kuclo@cuaa.edu. “Reminder” emails have been sent to all “walking” graduates, indicating the RSVP deadline.  You may also RSVP through the Academic Office (734-995-7586) by April 3, 2015. 

Commencement- Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2pm in the Field House

This ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of both undergraduate and graduate  students.  There are no tickets, so invite your guests to arrive early for the best seats. 

Graduate Students

This year graduate students will be hooded off stage.  Two Deans will hood graduate students prior to the announcement of each graduate’s name.  Please carry your hood with you and give it to the Dean prior to ascending the stage. 

Photography

Call Photography will once again take photos of each student and other ceremony highlights.  If family and friends also wish to take photographs, you may use the left, right, and center aisles behind the ushers & marshals.

Click here for the CALL Photography online check-in form.  Bonus: Graduates who complete the online form will receive a 10% discount.

Assembly

Undergraduate and graduate students will assemble between the Zimmerman Library and Science building prior to the processional.  Academic garb will be worn for the ceremony.  Please plan to arrive early to pick up your name/photography card in the Science building hallway.  Remember to leave any valuables in your vehicle or with a family member.

Inclement Weather

In the case of inclement weather check your CUAA email after 1:00 pm for any final notices and instructions.  If the weather will not allow a processional from the center of campus, students will assemble in the south end of the Field House (men’s locker room).  Campus signage and ushers will be available to help direct you.

Special Needs Seating

Please request any special needs seating through the Academic Office (734-995-7586) by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 6, 2016.  A separate section will be designated for special needs seating.  Two guests are allowed to sit next to each special needs attendee.  

Baccalaureate and Commencement Protocol

  • Students and faculty will wear academic attire for both baccalaureate and commencement.
  • NO air horns or other loud noisemakers will be permitted in the Chapel or Field House.
  • Parents & friends may come to the left, right and center aisles to take pictures.  However, you must remain behind the ushers and marshals.
  • Graduates will receive only the diploma cover; your official diploma will be mailed at a later date.

Professional photographs will be taken of each graduate immediately after receiving their diplomas. Contact Call Photography (1-800-997-4980) if you do not receive your proof.  If you do not wish to order, ignore the offer.

The Egg

Concordia’s Spirit Store will be open from 12-2 PM on Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th.  Be sure to stop by the Egg to purchase your CUAA gear!

Important Dates and Events

  • Friday, April 1
  • Wednesday, April 6
    • Last Day for MS Graduates to Order Academic Regalia online through Jostens
  • Friday, May 6
  • Friday, May 13
    • 11:00 am Marshal Walk Through  (Chapel/Field House)
    • Senior Banquet
  • Sunday, May 15
    • 11:00 am Baccalaureate Service (Chapel of the Holy Trinity)
    • 12:00 – 1:30 pm - Baccalaureate Luncheon (Earhart Manor Patio)
    • 1:00 pm – Field House Opens for Commencement Seating
    • 2:00 pm - Commencement (Field House)

Notables

  • Baccalaureate Preacher: TBD
  • Commencement Speaker: TBD
  • Commencement Student TBD

Further Assistance

For information about your graduation status/requirements, call the Registrar at 734-995-7413.
For information about baccalaureate or commencement, call the Academic Office at 734-995-7586.