Commencement to Close CTSFW’s 172nd Academic Year

2017 Commencement in Kramer Chapel.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—Students, faculty and staff along with their friends and family will come together for Baccalaureate and Commencement at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, on Friday, May 18. This will mark the close of CTSFW’s 172nd year. Graduation events take place in Kramer Chapel, though all are invited to watch baccalaureate and the graduation exercises online at or Please note that all times are Eastern Daylight Time.

  • Baccalaureate, 10:00 a.m., with the Rev. Arlo W. Pullmann of Laurel, Montana, as preacher.
  • Commencement Organ Recital, 3:00 p.m., with Kantor Matthew Machemer as organist. (Please note, this will not be livestreamed. All must attend in person.)
  • Graduation Exercises, 6:00 p.m., with Rev. Dr. Timothy C. J. Quill as speaker.

Honorees at graduation shall receive the following special awards:

Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) degree, honoris causa
The Rev. Dr. David Rakotonirina
President of Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy

Bishop Risto Soramies
First Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland
Helsinki, Finland

Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree, honoris causa
Dr. Bruce G. Kintz
President and CEO of Concordia Publishing House
Saint Louis, Missouri

Alumnus of the Year
The Rev. Richard L. Woelmer
Pastor at University Lutheran Church
Bloomington, Indiana