Fay Ferguson ’73, co-CEO of Burrell Communications Group (BCG) in Chicago, will deliver the Commencement address May 1 as approximately 500 bachelor's degrees and six Master of Education degrees will be presented during Concordia's Commencement ceremony.
Honorary doctorates also will be conferred upon Dr. Richard A. Green ’61 and Margaret M. Wong.
After earning a degree from Concordia, Ferguson earned an MBA from Indiana University. She has received numerous awards including Chicago Advertising Woman of the Year and Advertising Working Mother of the Year, among others, and her board service includes the Chicago Advertising Federation and as a member of Concordia’s Board of Regents. Her agency’s clients include Toyota, Comcast, Hilton Worldwide, General Mills, MacDonald’s National, and the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign among others.
Green is currently serving as interim president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. A first-generation college student, Green received his B.A. from Concordia in chemistry. After earning a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Louisville, he returned to Concordia to serve as a chemistry professor and the first director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs. He served on the Concordia Board of Regents from 1972-81. Green has served as provost, academic vice president, and vice president in Lutheran higher education.
Wong began her career as a Chinese language teacher at Central High School in St. Paul. In 1979, she joined the Breck School in Minneapolis building a language program spanning preschool through high school. She chaired the committee that planned and launched Sēn Lín Hú, Concordia’s Chinese Language Village. She currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Chapter of the U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association and advisory committees of the Chinese Heritage Foundation and the University of Minnesota China Center.