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20th Anniversary Weekend

If you are visiting Shanghai for the express purpose of joining the 20th anniversary celebrations, please let us know so that we can prepare to receive you. For all of our own community members, we hope you will come out and participate in the festivities!

Concordia opened its doors in the fall of 1998. The 22 students received a great education wrapped in relationships from the 17 faculty members who started that first year. Parents began to spread the word and soon the school began to grow. The first senior class of one, produced the first graduate in 2002. Today we are nearing 1300 students and had 72 seniors in the class of 2018 who matriculated to an impressive list of colleges and universities.

Come celebrate with us at our culminating weekend filled with gratitude for 20 blessed years holistically educating students in a nurturing environment. It won't be the same if you are not there.

Concordia rice fields
Opening 20th Year with a Bang!
Concordia rice fields
Day 20: Admissions Serves up Smiles!
Concordia rice fields
Day 80: Merry Middle School!

Friday, August 24th

10:45 AM–Official Celebration (Parents encouraged to attend)

Join the Concordia community and special guests to formally celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Hear from our first Head of School Dr. Al Schmidt about the early days leading up to 1998 and look ahead to the next phase of our mission from current Head of School, Dr. Mary Scott. Additional remarks from special guests including distinguished officials from Shanghai as well as the U.S. Consul General Shanghai.

Dress code: Business / Smart casual

Check-in and reception for out of town and official guests

10:15 to 10:45 AM

Anniversary Celebration (Parent encouraged to attend, no RSVP required)
10:45 to11:45 AM
Rittmann Center Theatre

Lunch immediately following by invitation for out of town and official guest

1:45 - 3:00 PM–All School Birthday Assembly (All welcome)

Celebrate 20 years of blessing as we all wish Concordia International School Shanghai a happy 20th birthday! Enjoy performances, hear about the word of the year and celebrate with all of our former Heads of School or their family representative.

All School Birthday Assembly (All welcome, no registration required)

1:45 to 3:00 PM
Phoenix Center Ford Gym

4:00 - 9:00 PM–Phoenix Community Picnic and PSO Back-to-School-Bash (Current and alumni Concordia Community members and invited guests welcome)

Join an evening full of activity and fun for the whole family including activities provided by community partners, a family meal provided by Concordia with a movie and popcorn to top off the evening. Every member of the Concordia community is invited! Don't miss this opportunity to experience and build community together.

Open to all current and alumni Concordia community members and Concordia's invited guests. Please register with the check-in table near the welcome center to pick up your meal tickets.

Free 20th Anniversary hats

All current Concordia community members who share where in the world they have lived, will receive free 20th anniversary hats for their family members enrolled at Concordia.

Activities on around campus
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Dinner is served

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Choose from traditional American picnic fare and a meat or vegetarian meal from our long time B2SB sponsor Bollywood.



Live music on the stage
Short set every hour on the hour

Brought to you by Mr. Jim Richmond, HS English teacher and friends.


Movie in the PC Ford Gym
7:30 - 9:00 PM

Bring a blanket and enjoy a larger than life movie with surround sound in the PC gym. Movie title TBD. Will be family friendly.

Saturday, August 25th

8:15 - 10 AM–20th Anniversary Fun Run Relay (Sign-up to participate)

Whether you sign up to be part of a four-person team or come by to cheer them on as they run, this event is sure to be a memorable one as 20 relay teams of four each take a 1 km route in celebration of 20 amazing years educating students at Concordia!

20th Anniversary Fun Run Relay (All welcome, registration required)

8:15 AM Meet in PC Commons

For more information or to sign-up, contact christopher.mizel@concordiashanghai.org

2:15 - 3:30 PM–History Walk (All welcome)

Take a walk down memory lane with us around 20 sites on Concordia's campus. Hear from some of our former and current faculty as they share the passion this community has for students of all ages and those things that make this school uniquely Concordia!

History Walk (All welcome, no registration required)

2:15 PM Meet near Huangyang Gate

4:00 - 4:30 PM–Community Reception at AGIF Chapel Foyer (All welcome)

Visit with other members of the community in the foyer of the Chapel at Abundant Grace International Fellowship for 30 minutes before the Celebration Service commences in the chapel.

4:30 - 5:30 Celebration Service at AGIF Chapel (All Welcome)

Join us at AGIF as we give thanks for the past 20 years of blessing and look ahead to what is next for our mission.

Celebration Service at AGIF (All welcome)
4:30 - 5:30 PM

Current and Former Faculty & Staff: Happy Hour @ Concordia

Take a stroll from AGIF back to Concordia for a grand time of mingling and celebrating with your fellow colleagues, past and present.

Current and former faculty & staff Happy Hour

5:45 - 8:00 PM
PC Commons
Heavy hors d'ouevres, wine, beer & soda

Out of Town and Invited Guests Bund Dinner

Dr. Mary Scott will host out of town visitors and other invited guests for dinner on the Bund in celebration of Concordia's 20th Anniversary. Our founders sacrificed to ensure a school opened in Shanghai; we are looking ahead to the next generation of founders as we raise our students' Concordia experience from excellent to exceptional and build a global platform to transform lives beyond our Jinqiao campus.

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai Ballroom
Dress Code: Smart Dress/Cocktail

Bus transportation provided from AGIF immediately following Celebration Service

5:35 PM

Cocktail hour

6:30 to 7:30 PM


7:30 to 9:30 PM

Dress code

Business attire

Bus transportation provided from restaurant back to Jinqiao

9:30 PM

Alumni Graduate Puxi Dinner (RSVP required)

Reconnect with former classmates or make the acquaintance of other Concordia graduates who are out in the workforce or still in university at a trendy dinner spot in Puxi (venue to be confirmed based on numbers).

Alumni Dinner Hosted by Concordia (any graduate of Concordia is invited to attend–RSVP required)

7:00 - 9:00 PM
Dress code business casual

RSVP to ann.lyons@concordiashanghai.org