Don’t Call Me Doctor

Pastor Ray Wilke will be honored on May 18th during the commencement address at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Not only will he serve as commencement speaker, but he will receive an honorary doctorate. Thus, his official title by the end of the week – if you so choose – would be Rev. Dr. Ray Wilke. But, to honor his wishes, don’t call him “Doctor.” The Bible says in Proverbs 27:2, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” So, this event is most appropriate.
Would you like to learn more? Check out the seminary’s announcement and commencement schedule with links below. You, too, can participate by watching the live streamed event!
Commencement exercises for the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis graduating class will take place Friday, May 18. The public is invited to attend.
Theological Diploma Service
What: Theological diplomas presented
Who: All graduating students eligible to receive a call as a pastor or deaconess in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS)
When: 10 a.m. (CDT) May 18
Where: Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus
Preacher: Dr. David Peter, associate pastor of Practical Theology
What: Academic degrees and honors presented
Who: All graduating students
When: 7 p.m. (CDT) May 18
Where: Main Quadrangle
Speaker: Rev. Ray Wilke, president of Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, Neb.
Live stream:
Three special awards also will be presented during Commencement:
Christus Vivit Award: Craig and Jane Olson of Orange, Calif.
Distinguished Alumnus: Dr. Timothy Maschke of Grafton, Wis.
Honorary Doctor of Divinity: Rev. Ray Wilke of Norfolk, Neb.
To read biographies of the honorees, visit
This year’s graduates will be joining more than 7,000 called leaders of the LCMS around the world and more than 12,500 individuals who have received degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in the school’s 179-year history.

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