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Concordia U. Doubles its Graduates Prepared to Transform Society

Oregon’s fastest growing university adds new degree options, continues to expand

Oregon’s fastest-growing university, Concordia University Portland, will award 1,439 undergraduate and graduate degrees tomorrow, Sat., April 26, 2014.

This year’s commencement ceremonies expanded to four, including one in America Samoa coming up in May. The Lutheran liberal arts university offers more than 26 undergraduate majors and five graduate degrees at its Portland campus, online, and at its School of Law in Boise. This spring, the university awards 196 undergraduate degrees and 1,243 graduate degrees.

Undergraduate commencement speakers include Mariah Tiiu Raudsepp, nursing major from Dundee, Ore., and Sable M. Phillippi, nursing major from Bothell, Wash.

Concordia’s curriculum and programs emphasize rigor, service learning, and Lutheran identity.

The university’s fully online master of education (M.Ed.) continues to be the fastest-growing degree. In just the past few years, Concordia has added a new major in accounting and homeland security. The university has also recently added a new juris doctor degree at its School of Law in Boise, a new master of arts in international development and service and community psychology, and a new doctorate in education, available on campus and online.

Concordia continued to be recognized nationally for its community service. In 2013, for the fifth consecutive year in a row, Concordia was recognized on the U.S. President’s Community Service Honor Roll. Each year, the Concordia University community contributes more than 251,000 service hours in the community through practicum, internships and service learning projects. These programs serve an estimated 10,000 people, including 5,000 youth.