Commencement at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis


Because of the coronavirus emergency, Commencement will be celebrated with limited in-person attendance. The public is invited to attend virtually.

Concordia Seminary’s Commencement exercises for the 2021 graduating class will take place Friday, May 21, 2021.

The day will begin with a Theological Diploma Service at 10 a.m. CDT in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus and end with Commencement at 7 p.m. in the Main Quadrangle. Both events will be in person for graduating students. Family and friends are encouraged to watch via live stream at

During the morning service, all graduates who have been certified by the Concordia Seminary faculty as eligible to receive calls to serve as pastors or deaconesses in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) will receive theological diplomas. Dr. Daniel O. Preus, special assistant to the president at Concordia Seminary, will deliver the sermon. In the evening, certificates, academic degrees and honors will be conferred. Dr. John Wohlrabe Jr., second vice president of the LCMS and a Commencement honoree, will give the Commencement address.

Join in the celebration virtually by sharing comments and photos and using #CSLGrad2021 and #JesusChristForever on social media.

Schedule of Commencement events

10 a.m. CDT Theological Diploma Service Chapel
7 p.m. CDT Commencement ceremony Main Quadrangle
(Chapel if rain)

Commencement honorees

Five special honors will be awarded during the Commencement ceremony

Christus Vivit Award: Chris Shearman

The Christus Vivit Award: Chosen by the faculty – after consideration of personal knowledge and/or recommendations by others – the recipient of the Christus Vivit Award has demonstrated exemplary service to the church.

Distinguished Alumnus Award: Rev. Robert L. Rahn

The Distinguished Alumnus Award: Awarded to a graduate of Concordia Seminary who has rendered exceptional service in at least one of the following areas: parish ministry, mission field, preparation of church workers or Synod service.

Honorary Doctor of Divinity: Dr. John C. Wohlrabe

Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa: Awarded to clergy who have rendered outstanding service in church life.

Honorary Doctor of Laws: Dr. Dale A. Meyer

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa: Awarded to a qualified person within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) or one of its partner churches who demonstrates outstanding dedication to the theology and mission of the LCMS and its international partners.

Honorary Doctor of Letters: Ted Kober

Doctor of Letters, honoris causa: Awarded to a qualified person within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) or one of its partner churches who demonstrates creativity, courage and excellence in the literary articulation of the Christian faith.

Service & Bulletin  

Service Folder (PDF)


Archived video of the service is available.


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Helpful Tips


If you are a registered attendee, plan to arrive early to allow time to park, walk to the event site and find your assigned seat. Out of consideration for our candidates and participants, please turn off cell phones and refrain from conversation during the chapel service and ceremony. All guests must observe face covering and social distancing guidelines.All participants and guests are asked to avoid gathering in large groups either before or after any of the day’s events.


There is ample parking for all guests. Please enter campus at the main entrance via Seminary Place. Guests will be directed to the nearest parking space by Seminary parking attendants. Hang any disabled parking placards or reserved parking tags from your rearview mirror as you enter campus so that attendants can provide appropriate directions.


Every registered guest will have an assigned seat. Plan to arrive early to make sure you have ample time to find your seat before the service or ceremony begins. Ushers will direct guests to their seats upon arrival. Please do not block aisles or passageways.


Seats for guests with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for disability-related accommodations can be made by contacting us at or 314-505-7337. Please request accommodations as soon as possible as some services take several weeks to arrange.

Photography and videography

Out of consideration for others, please keep the front of the chapel, the stage and pathways clear during the service and ceremony.