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Concordia University, St. Paul Celebrates the Class of 2014

Concordia University, St. Paul will host baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2014, May 8-10, on the Concordia campus. Nearly 1,000 students will be awarded degrees, including 230 traditional undergraduates, 187 adult undergraduates and 555 graduate students.

Commencement ceremonies begin with undergraduate programs on Friday, May 9 at 7: 30 p.m., followed by adult undergraduate cohort programs on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m., and graduate program May 10 at 2 p.m.

All 2014 commencement ceremonies will take place in the Gangelhoff Center.

The weekend celebration begins with the Baccalaureate service at the Graebner Memorial Chapel on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.

2014 Commencement Ceremony Schedule


Friday, May 9, 7:30 p.m - Traditional Undergraduate Programs

College of Arts and Letters, College of Business and Organizational Leadership, College of Education and Science

  • Commencement Speaker: Ben Utecht
  • Student Welcome Address: Benjamin Berteau
  • Student Farewell Address: Jordan Voges
  • Honorary Doctorate Recipients: Rev. Bernard Lutz, Mr. Marion McClinton
  • Aeterna Moliri Awards: Mr. Richard and Mrs. Lorraine Carlander, Mr. Roger and Mrs. Jane Roberts 

Singer and former professional football player Ben Utecht will deliver the Traditional Undergraduate commencement address. A Minnesota native, the former Golden Gopher standout won a Super Bowl (XLI) while a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

Utecht's football career ended following his fifth concussion in six seasons, allowing him the opportunity to transition careers as a musical artist. He has recorded several albums and toured in 2012.

This year's honorary degree recipients are Rev. Bernard Lutz ('54) and  Marion McClinton.

Rev. Bernard Lutz ('54) has served the Lord on three continents and in eight countries. A parish pastor for 17 years, Pastor Bernie also served as a District Pastoral Advisor for the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) and a Circuit Counselor for several LCMS districts. He was elected three times to the synod's Board for Mission Services.

Martion McClinton is an actor, playwright and Tony-nominated director. As a former member of Penumbra Theatre and Wilson's Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson's go-to director for over a decade, McClinton helped define African American theatre.

This year's Aeterna Moliri Award recipients are Richard and Lorraine Carlander and  Jane and Roger Roberts.

Richard and Lorraine Carlander are committed supports of the mission of Concordia University, St. Paul. The Carlander name can be found across Concordia's campus, ranging from benefactor plaques to the Carlander Family Concourse at Sea Foam Stadium to Carander Field, home of Concordia's softball team. Most recently Richard and Lorraine gave to the Dining Hall renovation effort to create the Winget Student Life Center. Additionally, the couple established an endowed scholarship honoring Lorraine's parents.

Jane and Roger Roberts have supported Concordia's institutional mission and the student scholarship program for more than 20 years. First learning about CSP through friends, they became involved as Honorary Chairs of the campaign committee in the early 1990s. Roger went on to serve a term limit of nine years on the Concordia University Board of Regents. Roger and Jane have been actively involved with the Leadership Gifts Committee for such campaigns as Enlightening Individuals and Enriching Generations (EIEG).

Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. - Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs

College of Business and Organizational Leadership, College of Education and Science

  • Commencement Speaker: Major General Larry Shellito
  • Student Welcome: Jeff Kerr
  • Student Farewell: Carrie Allen

Major General Larry Shellito will deliver the commencement address for the 2014 Undergraduate Degree Completion Programs ceremony. Shellito was appointed as the 17th Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs (MDVA) in January 2011.

As Commissioner, Shellito is charged with assisting the state's 380,000 Veterans and their families. He also represents the Department at hearings before the Minnesota Legislature and United States Congress and maintains close working relationships with the Veterans' organizations of Minnesota.

Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m. - Graduate Programs

  • Commencement Speaker: Judge Wilhelmina Wright 
  • Student Welcome: Patrick Enderlein
  • Student Farewell: Joseph Wood

Associate Justice Wilhelmina M. Wright will deliver the commencement address for Concordia University, St. Paul's Graduate Programs ceremony. Justice Wright was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Mark Dayton on Sept. 27, 2012 and was previously appointed by Gov. Jesse Ventura to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where she served from Sept. 3, 2002, to Sept. 26, 2012.

Prior to joining the bench, Justice Wright was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, where she represented the United States in complex economic fraud cases and violent crime cases in the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.


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