164. That's the total number of candidates for spring 2020 graduation at Concordia University Ann Arbor.

While the commencement ceremony has been moved to December, our graduates will still receive their diplomas, as scheduled, signed personally and prayed over by President Ferry. The degrees will be conferred during a live virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 17.

“Every year I pray for each and every graduate as I sign their diplomas,” says Ferry. “I pray that their Concordia experience was a positive one and that we prepared them well to go out and fulfill our mission.”

Concordia University is a mission-based organization. Our entire community is galvanized around a single purpose: helping students to develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world. President Ferry is  quick to emphasize that our mission is not accomplished when our students graduate; rather, it is fulfilled when our students go out and make a difference.

On March 16, Concordia closed campus and moved all classes online through the spring semester in response to COVID-19. The campus will reopen in time for the fall semester and the 2020 graduates will be recognized at the December commencement celebration.

“I will never forget this year and this class,” says Ferry. “We’re sending them out in an uncertain time. I pray for the health and wellness of each of them and their families, and I hope they return in December so we can honor their accomplishments and achievements.”

President Ferry and Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. William R. Cario will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees in a live virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m.

President Ferry isn’t the only leader who prays frequently for our students. Click here to learn how others help to contribute to Concordia’s uncommon campus experience.

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