With commencement under their belts, more than 140 individuals will soon begin their service to Christ as CUAA graduates.

In case you missed it, below are links to some of our spring 2022 commencement celebrations:

Each year, the university recognizes individuals who received special awards, as submitted by their department’s faculty and/or staff. The university also celebrates those individuals who have received their first calls or are eligible to receive them to serve as a commissioned church worker within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Whether their vocations will take place in a church setting or in the world, the Concordia community celebrates the accomplishments of each of our grads and looks forward to the good work they’ll undertake in the future!


Grace Adams (December graduate) | Trinity Lutheran in Clinton Township, MI

Breanna Sheridan*

Samuel Hackbarth | Lutheran High School North in Macomb, MI

Abigail Haggard | Good Shepherd Lutheran in Collinsville, IL

*Still considering future positions


Concordia University Ann Arbor is pleased to recognize academic excellence among its students. Each academic year (once in either December or May), a graduating student is chosen from Concordia’s academic department for their excellence in their chosen field of study. The students are recognized at the baccalaureate service preceding commencement exercises. This semester’s awardees include:

Madalyn Fields | Natural Sciences

Sarah Ambrose | Fine Arts

Derek Carey | Theology

Kayla Dybas | Business

Brittany Conley | Sport & Entertainment Management

Colton Ritsema | Social Sciences

Emma Purdy | Social Work


Each academic year, the Haab School of Business presents awards to seniors who were leaders in ability, performance, commitment, participation, strong character, interpersonal skills, attitude, and more. Congratulations to this year’s Haab School of Business awardees!

Kayla Dybas | Student of The Year Award

Abel Christians | Wall Street Journal Award

Amay Ciszewski and Jacob Henry | American Bicentennial Award in Business Administration

Calvin Syrjala | Servant Leadership Award

McCarty Simmons and Mark Austad | Excellence in Achievement for Sport Entertainment Business

Grace Hemmeke and Alexandra Premo | Excellence in Achievement for Hospitality Event Business

Jennifer Miller | Justice with Honor Award

Jacob Greenway | Justice and Public Policy Servant Leadership Award


Each semester, the Ronald and Marvel Jones School of Nursing celebrates the graduate who best represents the core values of the nursing program: service, excellence, compassion, and integrity. An additional award, the Nightingale Award, was created as a tribute to Florence Nightingale who embodied nursing as her life’s vocation. Faculty and staff nominate the student recipients.

Maria Esquivel | Compassion Award

Alexis Bailey | Service Award

Mariah Barcus | Integrity Award

Jillian Kleismit | Excellence Award

Hannah Rumsey | The Nightingale Award

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Ann Arbor and Wisconsin. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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