Commencement

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. 14, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. The processional will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Guests not seated at that time will be seated after the processional has concluded.

Event Calendar

Click here for a schedule of events

Tickets

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

Assembly

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 lfair@georgefox.edu by Dec. 10 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.

Assisted hearing devices are available for check-out. To reserve a device, email lfair@georgefox.edu or call 503-554-2140 or 800-765-4369, ext. 2140.

Spanish, Mandarin and ASL Interpreting Services 

Spanish, Mandarin and American Sign Language 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

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

Flowers

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.

Commencement Speaker: Ryan Schlunz

schlunz-ryan_1.jpgRyan Schlunz is a 2013 graduate of George Fox’s Adult Degree Program and, effective in January, will serve as the chief information officer and partner at Profit Recovery Partners, LLC. He has more than 25 years of executive leadership and management experience and has a reputation for building high-performance teams that deliver innovative solutions to solve complex business challenges.

In prior roles at several prestigious national law firms, Schlunz led change in how firms operate internally and in how they deliver value to their clients. He has provided oversight and management of teams dedicated to technology and information management, cybersecurity, practice and administrative support, eDiscovery, legal project management, pricing, process improvement, and knowledge management.

Schlunz also stays actively involved with organizations that support his personal philosophy of serving others. He helps others with strategic planning, leadership, teamwork, technology, fundraising, and general awareness of important community issues. He has coached dozens of youth sports teams, come to the aid of sports boosters in both his local community and nationally, and also serves on several advisory boards, lending his experience and knowledge to benefit both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations alike.

Schlunz is a husband and father to five children, who – along with their own personal pursuits – share in his love of God, family, baseball, travel, and all sorts of outdoor recreation.