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. 16 at 11 a.m.

For the latest weather-related updates, visit the George Fox FlashAlert page. If you are unable to join us in person, the event will be available for streaming on your device beginning at 10:45 a.m. at this link.

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., 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 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 December 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.

Speaker: Jon Bishop

Jon BishopJon Bishop, a 1967 graduate of George Fox, has worked for more than four decades as a doctor and missionary. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he attended the University of Oregon Medical School, graduating in 1971, and embarked on a 35-year career as a doctor for Snohomish Family Medical Center, a group of Christian family physicians who offer medical care to underserved areas around the globe. He has served in nine countries as well as rural America.

Since retiring, he and his wife Marita, also a 1967 George Fox graduate, have volunteered in Central Asia. Presently, he is general director of a three-year program that trains doctors in Central Asia to be specialists in family medicine. The Bishops have five children and five grandchildren and live in Snohomish, Washington.