Commencement Day

Welcome to CTX Commencement Services

For Graduates For Guests

 

Spring 2015 Commencement Speaker
Kristi A. Matus
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, 
athenahealth, Inc.

Kristi Matus photo

Kristi A. Matus has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial & Administrative Officer at athenahealth, Inc. since July 2014.  In this newly established role, an expansion of the chief financial officer role and responsibilities, Ms. Matus oversees and guides the re-alignment and build-out of the company's infrastructure to support the company's continued growth and expansion. In addition to all finance, risk management, compliance, and audit functions, she is responsible for investor relations, human capital management, real estate, and internally facing information technology.

Before joining athena, she served as Executive Vice President of Government Services at Aetna, Inc.  Prior to Aetna, Ms. Matus held several senior leadership roles at USAA, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She also served as President of the USAA's life insurance and investment management companies. She began her career at the Aid Association for Lutherans, where she held various financial and operational roles for over a decade.  Ms. Matus graduated summa cum laude from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with a degree in applied mathematics.  In addition to her work at athena, she has been on the board of Concordia Plan Services since January 2014.  


 

Commencement Service Fast Facts

  • The service generally runs between 1.5 hours to 2 hours.
  • Tickets are not required to attend the commencement service.
  • Spring 2015 Commencement services will begin at 9:00 a.m and 1:00 p.m.
    9:00 a.m.: All undergraduate candidates and MBA candidates
    1:00 p.m.:  All MED candidates
  • The doors to the sanctuary will open to guests one hour prior to the service. 
  • Participating students should arrive to the designated gathering area no later than 45 minues prior to the service.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the sanctuary.
  • Guests are asked to find their seats before the service begins out of respect for our graduates.
  • Guests are welcome to take photos from their seats. However, guests should not stand in the aisles or block other guests' view.
  • Only official photographers will be permitted around the stage area or in the commencement photographer backdrop area.
  • Guests are asked not to hinder the progress of graduates in any way during the service.
  • Any group photographs should be taken prior to or after the service.
  • Disruptive behavior will result in removal from the service.
  • As a courtesy to our graduates, guests are asked to remain in their seats after the service until the Stage Party and graduates recess and fully exit the hall.

 

Photography During the Service

Guests are understandably proud of the accomplishments celebrated here. While they are more than welcome to take photographs from their seats during the service, guests should not stand in the aisles or block other guests’ view. Only official photographers will be permitted around the stage area or in the official photographer backdrop area.

Two pictures of each graduate will be taken by a professional photographer from Flash Photography. One photo is of the student as they shake hands with Dr. Donald Christian, CEO on stage, and the other is an individual picture taken in front of a backdrop after the student leaves the stage. Flash Photography will then contact the student to purchase photos if they wish.

Guests should not hinder the progress of graduates in any way during the service. Any group photographs should be taken prior to or after the service.

Students or Guests with Special Needs

The wheelchair entrance to Riverbend Centre is on the east side of the building (the right side of the building as you view it from Loop 360).

There is generally ample wheelchair seating in the sanctuary. Requests for any other special needs accommodation should be emailed to Student Central at studentcentral@concordia.edu. Please contact us with any requests no later than 6 weeks prior to commencement.

Arrival and Parking

Guests and visitors may park in the parking lots adjacent to the sanctuary where the commencement service will be held. Concordia personnel will be stationed throughout the lot to guide you as you park and to assist with directions. Parking is limited, so please carpool whenever possible.

The Commencement Program

The Commencement program lists the names of all eligible candidates as provided by the Office of the Registrar at the time of publication. The inclusion or exclusion of a name in the program does not indicate completion or non-completion of degree requirements.

Honors at Commencement

Four-year undergraduate students are eligible for graduation with Latin Honors from the university. Latin Honors at commencement and honor cord eligibility are determined using the GPA earned by the student by end of the term preceding the commencement service. Undergraduate students must also meet the sixty (60) hour residency requirement by the end of their final term. A student’s final GPA and appropriate Latin Honors will be posted on their final official transcript.

Undergraduate students who have earned a Latin Honors status will be noted in the program with an asterisk by their name and will recieve an honor cord from the university. If they are a member of a university recognized honor society, they are welcome to wear any additional honors regalia offered by their honor society.

Graduate students who are members of a university recognized honor society can be identified by their honor society regalia. Graduate students are also welcome to wear any honors regalia offered by the honor society to which they belong.

During the service 

The commencement service is a formal occasion in a place of worship; therefore we ask that you refrain from standing in the aisles or using noisemakers or other distractions that might detract from the experience for others. Please turn off or mute the sound of all electronic devices. Telephone conversations are not permitted during the service. Disruptive behavior will result in removal from the service.

 

 

For additional information regarding Commencement Service please contact Student Central at studentcentral@concordia.edu

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