Close of 168th Academic Year at CTS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—The 2013-2014 academic year at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, will draw to a close with activities on May 22 and 23. Special services include Deaconess Placement, Baccalaureate and the Commencement Ceremony. Those who cannot be on campus can watch these services live by going to and clicking on the Watch Live! Link.

On Thursday, May 22, final year deaconess students will receive their placements in Kramer Chapel at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) with the Rev. Rev. Dean M. Bell, St. John Lutheran Church, Ada, Minnesota, serving as preacher. "The placement of our students is the source of great joy on our seminary campus because it represents the fulfillment of this seminary’s entire life and mission. Indeed, it is the fruition of everything that happens on this campus—the teaching, the learning, the studying," says Dr. James G. Bushur, CTS director of Deaconess Studies. "Placement gives all of this a good purpose. Thus, it is truly satisfying to now see our students take their place in service of the church." 

Activities on Friday, May 23 include Baccalaureate at 10:00 a.m. (EDT), with the Rev. Richard Resch, CTS Kantor, as preacher; an organ recital with CTS Associate Kantor Kevin Hildebrand at 3:00 p.m. (EDT); and the Commencement Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. (EDT) with the Rev. Ulmer Marshall as guest speaker. In addition to the awarding of academic degrees, several special honors will be bestowed:
Alumnus of the Year:
Rev. David W. Rohde (CTS 1984), St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wilson, Texas
Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa:
Rev. Ulmer Marshall, Trinity Lutheran Church, Mobile, Alabama, and Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Point Clear, Alabama.
Miles Christi (Soldier of Christ) Awards:
Mr. Herman Meinders, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mr. Jeffrey Schwarz, Edwardsville, Illinois

The entire seminary community looks forward to welcoming our many guests to campus for these special events. We also pray for God’s richest blessings on this year’s graduates and honorees as they carry out the mission to teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all.