Saturday, December 21, 2013
George Fox University will host a midyear ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 21, in Miller Gymnasium/Wheeler Sports Center (Newberg campus). The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Tickets are not required; graduates are asked to limit their guests to no more than 10. Campus maps and directions are available for your convenience.
Commencement can be viewed live at this link 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. This service is available on your desktop computer or mobile device.
Commencement Speaker: Jay Mathisen
Jay Mathisen is the assistant superintendent of human resources and strategic planning with Bend-La Pine Schools and also serves as an adjunct professor with George Fox University, Corban University and Sheridan College in Perth, Australia.
In 2011, while the principal at La Pine High School, Jay was selected as the High School Principal of the Year by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. He worked at La Pine as principal for five years and, in the two years before that, was an assistant principal at La Pine Middle School.
In 2010, Jay began the pursuit of a doctorate in educational leadership as a student at George Fox. That year also marked his first visit to the African nation of Rwanda. Post-genocide education reform in Rwanda became the focus of his doctoral studies, culminating with a dissertation titled “Education Reform in Rwanda: Impacts of Genocide and Reconstruction on School Systems.” He earned his doctoral degree from George Fox in 2012 and walked in last December’s commencement ceremony.
Jay will be leading a team of educators from Central Oregon to Rwanda to continue working with a local NGO in the country that trains teachers in best practices in engaging students in their learning. This will be his fifth such visit in the last several years and will mark the second time his family will make up part of the team working with Rwandan teachers and students.
Jay, his wife Shannon and their young daughters, Daisy and Molly, live in Bend, Ore.