125 Years (1893-2018)Leading in Legacy

Celebrating 125 Years

125th logoWhen the founders of Concordia began offering the institutions first classes on September 13, 1893 their vision was on the future. They could not have imagined the Concordia University of today that is celebrating 125 years during the 2018-19 academic year.

In 1893 Concordia was looking to the future and 125 years later CSP continues to look to the future. The theme “Leading in Legacy” was suggested by alumnus Sara Sather Pimental and selected because it captures the continuing dynamic that characterizes the past 125 years. This year we look over our shoulder and remember the “Legacy” of the past accomplishments and innovations but continue “Leading” toward the future with the development of creative solutions to current and future challenges.

Timeline of Historic Events

Special Events

Founders Day | September 13

Every year, the Office of Alumni Relations invites alumni, students, faculty and staff to celebrate Founders Day with root beer floats. Join us on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pearson Commons. Floats are free for all and the first 750 attendees will receive a commemorative mug.

Leaders in Legacy: Presidential Perspectives from Across the Years | September 13 (video of event available)

Join us in celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Concordia University St. Paul as the four living presidents come together with wit, wisdom, and insight to reflect upon the legacy of CSP’s mission across the years.

Featuring Rev. Dr. Alan Harre (1984-88), Rev. Dr. John Johnson (1989-91), Rev. Dr. Robert Holst (1991-2011), Rev. Dr. Thomas Ries (2011-present).

  • Thursday, September 13
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Buetow Auditorium


Concordia 125th Anniversary Commission | September 13

Where images of the past and present meet…Midge Bolt’s photographic art commemorating historic places and times. An historic photo on silk hangs like a scrim in front of the present-day photo of the same scene on canvas, creating a view of the present through the lens of the past.

Opening Reception: Thursday September 13 |4-6pm
H. Williams Teaching Gallery

Exhibit on display September 13 – October 5, 2018

Homecoming 2018 | October 5-6

Come together with alumni, students, faculty, staff and the Concordia community as we celebrate 125 years during Homecoming 2018.

Registration and details can be found here.

Choir Reunion | October 6