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Commencement Update

Concordia University, St. Paul has made the difficult decision to move the in person Commencement Ceremony, which had been scheduled for December 12, 2020, to a virtual ceremony.  The continual increase in COVID-19 cases and our desire to adhere to Governor Waltz’s mandates and commitment to minimize spread, enforces the difficult, but necessary decision to host a virtual ceremony.

During these times of uncertainty, we take great pride in our responsibility to maintain a safe campus environment and must take appropriate steps to keep our CSP and surrounding community healthy.  We appreciate your understanding and partnership as we strive to maintain the health and well-being of you and your classmates.

Graduates who have submitted an RSVP to attend the December ceremony will receive an email in the days ahead pertaining to securing keepsake items and future participation options. Meanwhile, we look forward to sharing a special and celebratory virtual commencement ceremony shortly before Christmas.

May you and your family remain well.

Last updated 11/23/20

Frequently Asked Questions

  • YES. We invite any 2020 grad to participate in the Spring 2021 ceremony.  Concordia is currently planning on hosting a commencement ceremony on April 30 and May 1, 2021.  Final details for the May ceremonies, including times, have not been determined and will be based on the state guidelines, regulations, and number of participants.

  • Students who submitted an RSVP to the December 12 ceremony will receive an email with the direct link to order attire.  Any students who completed degree requirements in Spring or Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 that didn’t submit an RSVP will find links to the online order forms here once they become available.

  • YES. The Registrar’s Office will begin reviewing student records for degree awarding after final grades are posted to the student record (one week after the end of the term).  This process can take 1-2 weeks, and perhaps longer due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    The university prints diplomas monthly and sends a congratulatory email once that process is completed.  An official transcript can be used as proof of degree.  We highly encourage you to check your unofficial transcript prior to requesting the official.

    Diplomas will be mailed to the permanent address on your student record, which may be delayed due to COVID-19.  If you would like to request a diploma cover, email

  • Yes.  Please email with your information and we will send you the necessary information.

  • If you have already filed an application, you will not be required to complete a new one.  If you elected to participate in the December Ceremony within your RSVP, you will be proactively added to the May ceremony and do not need to complete an additional application.  All students completing final degree requirements will still be required to complete an application if they have not already done so.