Portland, OR. The Concordia University gala that was anything but common, even though the keynote speaker uses “Common” as his moniker. He posed for a photo with interim president Rev. Dr. Tom Ries, event honoree Swati Adarkar, (Keynote speaker Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., better known as Common) and emcee Kimberely Dixon. The event drew 530 supporters and raised more than $355,000. The ninth annual Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Awards Gala was held on February 4th at the new Hyatt Hotel in Portland. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)