Midyear Commencement

Midyear Commencement is a combined event that includes traditional undergraduate, Adult Degree Program and graduate students. It will be held in Miller Gymnasium/Wheeler Sports Center on the Newberg campus on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.

Event Calendar

Click here for a schedule of events


Tickets for Midyear Commencement are not required. Graduates are asked to limit guests to 10.


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.; the ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes.

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 navigate stairs may enter Miller Gymnasium through the north doors directly off Fulton Street. View location on this map. Call the Office of Academic Affairs ( 503-554-2140 or 800-765-4369, ext. 2140) or email by Dec. 11 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 the day of the event. 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 Office of Academic Affairs at 503-554-2141.


Parking for the commencement ceremony will be in the parking lots of Bauman Auditorium (A) and Le Shana Hall/Gulley 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 DVDs 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.

Shannon BuckmasterCommencement Speaker: Shannon Buckmaster

A Pacific Northwest native, Shannon Buckmaster earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies from George Fox University and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School. Her diverse professional experiences include adjunct teaching in the religious studies department at George Fox for six years; small-business ownership and retail sales; public speaking on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse recovery; and her current position as the CEO for the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Shannon has a soft spot for nonprofit volunteerism and currently serves on the board of directors for Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity, Newberg Rotary and Petra Peacebuilders International. She also co-chairs the Tunes on Tuesday community music festival. She lives in Newberg with her husband, Paul, and their two children, Anna and Bennet.