Midyear Commencement

Commencement Speaker

Kris Kays will serve as midyear commencement speaker at George Fox in 2014.Alumna Kris Kays, an associate professor of psychology at George Fox, will present the commencement address, titled “#TheStoryOfMyLife#Roar#ShakeItOff.” After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Fox in 1987, Kays went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Western Seminary before returning to George Fox to complete a doctor of psychology (PsyD) degree in 1994.

As a clinician, Kays maintained a private practice in the Portland area for 15 years, specializing in clinical work with adolescents and crime victims. She joined George Fox’s faculty in 2005 and is currently a tenured associate professor, teaching in both the undergraduate psychology department and the Graduate School of Clinical Psychology. In 2011, she was recipient of the George Fox University Undergraduate Teacher of the Year award.

Kays’ recent publications focus on best practices in research on sensitive topics, and attachment issues with adoption. She is currently collaborating on a publication addressing caring for aging parents.

Kris and her husband, Robert, have three children, all of whom attend George Fox: David is a student in the PsyD program; Erin is graduating at midyear commencement with a degree in studio art; and Megan will graduate this spring with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Kris is active in her community, church and on the advisory boards of Young Life, a Portland homeless shelter, and an indigenous work project in Chennai, India. As an undergraduate at George Fox, she was known as an RA, the "Wicked Witch of the West," and a radio talk show host. Today, her students know her for tissue paper snowball fights, throwing her own birthday party, and expansive and creative stories.

Event Calendar

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Graduates assemble in the Wheeler Sports Center one hour prior to the commencement ceremony for instructions and to form lines. Graduates assemble at 10 a.m., and the ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Disability Services

Parking for disabled persons is available in the lot of the Wheeler Sports Center and in the large lot east of the Wheeler Sports Center. Those unable to climb stairs may enter Miller Gymnasium through the north doors directly off Fulton Street. Call the Office of Academic Affairs (503-554-2140 or 800-765-4369, ext. 2140) or email by Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, if any of your guests require special seating. Because of limited space, reservations may be made only for the disabled individual and a maximum of one additional guest.

Spanish and Mandarin Interpreting Services

Spanish and Mandarin interpreting services will be available at the commencement ceremony. Headsets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 13 (one hour prior to commencement). If this service would be helpful to you or a family member, please stop by the information table in the Wheeler Sports Center's lower lobby. If you have questions, please contact the Academic Affairs Office at 503-554-2141.


Parking for the commencement ceremonies will be in the parking lots of Bauman Auditorium (A), and Le Shana Hall/Coffin Hall (B). Both residence halls are accessible from Fulton Street. Campus Map/Parking


Fresh flowers will be available for purchase in the lower lobby of the Wheeler Sports Center. Proceeds go to missions.

Graduation Announcements, Commencement Photos and DVDs

Information on how to order graduation announcements, commencement photos, and DVD's may be found here.

Online Streaming

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.