Lexie Brown

Get to know some of Concordia University Ann Arbor's uncommon graduates to be celebrated at the virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday, December 13.

CUAA will celebrate the May 2020 and December 2020 graduates with a virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. ET. Learn more about the celebration by visiting the links below:

Throughout their time at Concordia, you’ve seen these December 2020 graduates on our news page and in CUAA’s Arbor Light magazine. We’re thankful for these gifted students who have shared their stories with us and left their mark on CUAA.

Featured story: The uncommon educator turning life lessons into teachable moments

Brandon Crayne

Secondary Education

Meet one of our 2020 graduates. Within a 14-month span Brandon lost his father, grandmother, boss, and job prospects. Now, he’s taking his life lessons to the classroom at Shumate Middle School. Read Brandon’s story.

Revisit the stories of December 2020 graduates

Hannah BiermannHannah (Biermann) Knehans

Family Life Education

Hannah (Biermann) Knehans delivering the student commencement address for the Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Noted in her introduction, you’ll hear that Hannah attended CUAA with her brother, Micah. Read more about their sibling dynamic.

Lexie BrownAlexandra Brown

Family Life Education

Lexie was awarded the monthly accolade of Student of the Month at CUAA during her junior year in September 2019. Get to know Lexie.

Ashtyn HareAshtyn Hare (’17)

Master of Science in Child Life and Interprofessional Practice

Ashtyn first graduated from CUAA with a bachelor’s degree in family life education with an emphasis in child life. Now, she’s celebrating the completion of her graduate degree, as one of CUAA’s first Master of Science in Child Life graduates.

Alex Kauffman

Alexander Kauffman


Alex was awarded the monthly accolade of Student of the Month at CUAA during his junior year in October 2019. Get to know Alex.

Amy KindredAmy Kindred


Amy was recently featured as a member of CUAA’s team of students and alumni who work hand-in-hand with The Luke 52 Project in Detroit, providing pre and post natal care for underserved moms and babies.

DaJuanThomasDajuan Thomas


Dujuan is one of many Concordians who used the gift of extra time during quarantine to strengthen his personal business. Read about how Dajuan honed in on his photography skills in 2020.

Manuela Yost


Manuela utilized CUAA’s Route 38 program, which allows full-time undergraduate students to maximize their time and budgets by utilizing up to 38 academic credits across fall, spring, and summer semesters at the regular, full-time undergraduate tuition rate. Learn more about her story.

May 2020 graduates

In addition to the December 2020 graduates, the virtual commencement on Sunday, December 13 is also a celebration of CUAA’s May 2020 graduates. Get to know some of them here!

Read the stories

Visit www.cuaa.edu/graduation to tune into the virtual commencement livestream at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 13. Pre-show begins at 1:45 p.m. ET. Follow along using #CUAAgrad20 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to news@cuaa.edu.

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