Graduation Stories 2019

Editor's Note: This is a series of stories highlighting a few of Concordia University Ann Arbor's 2019 graduates.

There were 148 Concordia University Ann Arbor students walking across the commencement stage on May 19, 2019. The graduation candidates are students who have spent their years at CUAA developing in mind, body, and spirit for uncommon lives of service and impact.

Get to know a few of them now!

Austin McManus

Austin McManus

Parish Music

The uncommon parish musician playing a major role behind the scenes




Tim Felska will graduate this month with his bachelor's in nursing from Concordia University Ann Arbor.

Tim Felska


The uncommon undergraduate using setbacks as fuel for serving others




Kyleigh Kinsel

Kyleigh Kinsel

Radiologic Technology

All comes together for radiologic technology graduate




Ashtyn Hare

Ashtyn Hare

Family Life Education, Child Life Specialist

The uncommon child life specialist cheering on through trials



More graduation stories, coming soon!

Throughout their time at Concordia, you’ve seen these 2019 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. Revisit their stories!

Lajuan Powell

La’Juan Powell


With compassion that is bursting at the seams, La’Juan knows that as a nurse, she is able to come alongside patients and their families through some of their toughest days and do what she does best: take care of them. Read more…



Zachary Swanson

Zachary Swanson

Mass Communications

In November 2018, Zach received $300 toward his business start-up Swanson Media, LLC after pitching his business plan to a panel of judges. Think Shark Tank, CUAA style. Read more…



Breaking the chain

Mikaela Morgan

Justice and public policy

You might recognize Mikaela from the the news for her class contribution to a cold case. She’ll cross the commencement stage with a wealth of experience to take into her career in law enforcement. Read more…


Joel WernerJoel Werner


Joel has played a part in the beloved Tool Time retreat throughout his time at CUAA. Tool Time is actually a big reason he came to Concordia. Read more…




Sherrie AndersonSherrie Anderson


Did you know that CUAA’s nursing students, like Sherrie, complete their bachelor’s in nursing degrees with hundreds of hours of formative simulation experiences under their belts? Read more…



Dakota Bostic ('19)

Dakota Bostic

Justice in public policy

Another frequent face on the Detroit news in his last semesters at CUAA, Dakota is a stand out student in more ways than one. Read more…



Nathaniel Louisignau

Music Education

Nate is well-known for his musical talents around the CUAA campus, and he shared a bit with us specifically about his experience in choral group, Arborsong. Read more…




Zachary HazelZachary Hazel

Business Management

Already owner of his own business, Pool Brothers, LLC, Zachary was awarded $800 dollars when he won first place at CUAA’s CULaunch! pitch competition in November 2018. Read more…



Emily Collins


If you’re attending graduation, you’ll get to hear Emily address the crowd as this year’s student speaker. Emily is no stranger to sharing her CUAA experience, and did so especially this January. Read more…



Nate Harris

Nathan Harris


A business major, Nate already knows a thing or two about hard work. But when it’s something you love, it doesn’t feel like work. Read more…



Elisabeth Leger

Early Childhood Education

Lisi can’t wait to be a teacher. Earlier this semester, she shared why she chose CUAA to pursue her career in the classroom. Read more…



Joe Conner

Joseph Conner

Exercise Science

Joe played an integral role in leading the Cardinals football team to consecutive seasons of success. Learn more about Joe’s background and road to Concordia. Read more…



Alex Oulette

Alex Ouellette


Get to know a member of the men’s bowling team, who recently became the 2019 NAIA National Invitational runner-up. Read more…



Sept Student of the Month

Nina Palushaj


Nina, a future physician assistant, was recognized in many ways during her time as a Concordia student. Read more…




CUAA nursing students help provide prenatal health care to Detroit moms

Caitlyn Freshour


Caitlyn spent many hours volunteering to prepare for her future vocation as a nurse, but she’ll tell you it’s not just about what she gained academically. Read more…



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

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