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Concordia University Wisconsin will honor mid-year graduates at its 27th annual December Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the university’s main campus in Mequon.

Just over 715 individuals are eligible to receive diplomas, including 260 undergraduates and 456 graduate students. In addition to Concordia’s main campus population, individuals from some of CUW’s online programs and 13 accelerated learning centers will be represented.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a baccalaureate service in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant. Commencement will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the R. John Buuck Field House.

Following opening remarks from President Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry, Christine Specht, president and CEO of Cousins Subs, will deliver the commencement address. The student address will be given by Daniel P. Thompson, who will graduate from Concordia’s Milwaukee Center with a bachelor’s degree in Management of Criminal Justice.

The event commemorates the achievements of students from all walks of life – students who have overcome health obstacles, those who have balanced jobs and personal responsibilities with their schooling and those who have tackled rigorous academic schedules in order to obtain their degrees.

The event also marks the first time since Concordia University Wisconsin’s 2013 merger with Concordia University Ann Arbor that graduates from the Michigan campus will walk the Mequon stage.

Three graduates will make the approximately six-hour trek to Mequon in the absence of a December CUAA commencement ceremony. The trio is among the first crop of masters’-level graduates from Ann Arbor’s Dearborn and Frankenmuth Centers.

“This occasion gives us opportunity to celebrate a significant achievement of our students near and far,” said Ferry. “I applaud the tremendous efforts of our graduates, the faculty members who dedicated their time and talents to guide students in achieving this milestone and the family and friends who supported their loved ones along the way.”

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

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