Commencement Speakers

Mark Baden Commencement Speaker

Forecasting a bright future...

Mark Baden’s love of weather started at a young age. From the time he was seven, he knew weather was his calling. It started with a fascination of snow, to seeing lightning strike a tree at age seven. He was hooked. This love has led to where he is today. For almost 20 years, Mark has been chief meteorologist at WISN-TV in Milwaukee. This has brought him some very interesting opportunities. Covering floods, tornadoes, blizzards, and even a few hurricanes. He never tires of talking about weather. He is a self-proclaimed “weather geek.”

Even greater than his passion for weather is his love of family. Mark has been married for 18 years to Heather and they have been blessed with 3 wonderful daughters. Mark is proud to be an adjunct professor here at Concordia. He teaches a meteorology course every spring semester. Mark believes strongly in a Christian education being a proud graduate of Metro-East Lutheran High in suburban St. Louis.

Victoria Kroonblawd Student Speaker

Victoria Kroonblawd is an accounting major from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. During her time at CUW, she has been actively involved in the accounting club, has held leadership positions within campus ministry, and has been recognized for her academic achievements as a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Concordia’s Scholastic Honors. Victoria has exemplified leadership and service among her peers as a recipient of the Servant Leader Award and the Student of the Month. In January, Victoria will begin work as an Audit Associate at BKD in Fort Wayne where her husband will attend seminary.