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Concordia University 2013 Graduates Focused on Service to Others

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

Oregon's fastest-growing university, Concordia University, awarded a total of 660 undergraduate and graduate degrees on Sat., May 4, 2013.

This year's commencement ceremonies at the Christian, liberal arts university in Portland, was the largest in the University's century-long history at an increase of 44 graduates, or nearly 10%. Concordia graduates span the university's 26 undergraduate majors and four graduate areas of study.

Beginning fall 2013, Concordia adds a new major in accounting and a new doctorate in education online and on campus. Concordia's fully online master of education (M.Ed.) degree, enhancing the development of our nation's teachers, continues to be the fastest-growing degree.

Rigorous coursework and service learning, as an expression of its Lutheran identity, continued to be emphasized throughout the university's curriculum and programs.

Commencement speaker and theology major David LaFore from Auburn, Wash., reminded graduates that "no education is useful unless it guides us to see some aspect of our world differently and Concordia challenges us to take it a step further by using that education to serve others."

Also representing the undergraduates as a commencement speaker was Callie Naomi Takahashi, a biology major and pre-med graduate from Kailua, Hawaii. Graduate student speakers were Kenneth J. Muraoka and Jayson Louis Forbes.

Concordia continued to be recognized nationally in 2013 for its community service. 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.