May 04, 2018 Print This Post

Commencement exercises planned at Concordia Seminary

179th academic year comes to a close

Commencement exercises for the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis graduating class will take place Friday, May 18. The public is invited to attend.

The day’s events will begin at 10 a.m. (CDT) with the Theological Diploma Service in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the Seminary’s campus. Theological diplomas will be presented at this service to all graduating students eligible to receive a call as a pastor or deaconess in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Dr. David Peter, associate pastor of Practical Theology, will deliver the sermon.

Commencement will take place at 7 p.m. (CDT) outdoors in the Seminary’s Main Quadrangle, weather permitting. Academic degrees and honors will be presented during this ceremony. Rev. Ray Wilke, president of Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, Neb., will deliver the Commencement address. Three special honors also will be given:

  • Christus Vivit Award: Craig and Jane Olson of Orange, Calif.
  • Distinguished Alumnus: Dr. Timothy Maschke of Grafton, Wis.
  • Honorary Doctor of Divinity: Rev. Ray Wilke of Norfolk, Neb.

To read biographies of the honorees, visit

This year’s graduates will be joining more than 7,000 called leaders of the LCMS around the world and more than 12,500 individuals who have received degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in the school’s 179-year history.

Commencement exercises will be available via live stream starting at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) May 18 at

About Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit