Commencement awardees

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, Concordia University Ann Arbor celebrated the Class of 2019 with a Baccalaureate service and commencement celebration.

Each year, a number of alumni and Concordia supporters are nominated for awards that honor excellence, a demonstration of Concordia’s values, and distinguished service to the Church and the world. Concordia University Ann Arbor’s 2019 award recipients are as follows:

2019 Outstanding Alumnus Award

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Rev. David A. Davis (’79)

The Outstanding Alumnus Award honors graduates of Concordia for reflecting in their lives and careers the values upon which the university is founded.

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Curt GielowCommencement Speaker & Honorary Doctorate of Laws

Curtis C. Gielow

The Doctor of Laws degree is awarded to an individual who has rendered invaluable service to Concordia, the Church, the community, the state, or the nation, and comes from the ranks of business, religious, service, or political communities.

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William A. GatzChristus Primus Award

William A. Gatz

The Christus Primus Award is a service award presented to clergy, educators, or laypersons of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Recipients are recognized for their distinguished service to the Church and community.

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Rev. Terry CripeHonorary Doctorate of Divinity

Rev. Terry Cripe (’74)

The Doctor of Divinity degree is awarded to an individual who is a member of the clergy, and who has demonstrated significant contributions in the area of leadership or service to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

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Academic Excellence 2019Academic Excellence Awards

During the Baccalaureate service, graduating seniors from the Class of 2019 were recognized for academic excellence in their particular area of study. Pictured from left to right: Kari Borowiak (Elementary Education), Caitlyn Freshour (Nursing), Kara Gehrke (Secondary Education), Erin Kisch (Family Life Education), Matthew Korte (Sport and Entertainment Business), Jay Koski (Accounting, Finance), James McKane (Psychology), Nina Palushaj (Biology), Tyler Tweedale (Justice and Public Policy), Joel Werner (Theology)


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