Commencement-spring


Spring Undergraduate Commencement Information

Baccalaureate

The university pastors warmly invite you to attend the undergraduate Baccalaureate service on Friday, April 27, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium. Baccalaureate is a commissioning service for our graduating seniors and is the opening event of the graduation festivities.

We welcome you to join with us as we support, pray and commission our graduates into all that God has for them as they conclude their time here. Attire for the event is business casual. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office for Spiritual and Intercultural Life at spirituallife@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2320.

Commencement on the Newberg Campus

Schedule of Events

The commencement ceremony for traditional undergraduates will be held on Saturday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m. in Stoffer Family Stadium. Graduates, wearing their regalia, should check in at the Wheeler Sports Center at 1:30 p.m. Gates open to guests at 1:30 p.m. We anticipate the ceremony will conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Download this informational brochure for all guests planning to attend the event at Stoffer Family Stadium.  

Campus maps and directions

Tickets

Graduates will receive eight tickets each for undergraduate commencement. Tickets are required for entry and are needed for all ages. Children under 2 may attend without a ticket if they will be on a lap and not in a seat.

Graduates will receive an email to pick up their ticket package from Mail Services in early April and must show ID to retrieve the ticket package. If additional tickets are required, graduates are responsible for securing those among their peers.   

Academic Regalia

The university orders caps, gowns and tassels for all graduates; there is no additional cost to students. Traditional undergraduates may pick up their regalia during the Exodus Grad Fair on March 22 and 23, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Stevens Center atrium. Those unable to attend Exodus may pick up their regalia before April 18 from the registrar's office (first floor of Stevens Center). Students must present their Student ID card to pick up their regalia.

Any questions? Please contact Audrey Lichten in the registrar's office at alichten@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2218.

Disability Services

Parking for disabled persons is available in all Newberg campus parking lots. If any of your guests require special seating, please call the Office of Academic Affairs (503-554-2140 or 800-765-4369, ext. 2140) or email Laurie Fair at lfair@georgefox.edu by Monday, April 23, to place a reservation.

Interpreting Services

Spanish and Mandarin language interpreting services will be available at our undergraduate baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies. Headsets for Mandarin and Spanish are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one hour prior to each ceremony. If this service would be helpful to you or a family member, please stop by the information table at the entrance to Stoffer Family Stadium. If you have questions, please contact Laurie Fair at lfair@georgefox.edu.

Parking

Parking for the commencement ceremonies is accessible from Fulton Street and will be in the parking lots of Bauman Auditorium, Le Shana Hall and Gulley Hall.

Flowers

Fresh flowers will be available for purchase near the entrance of Stoffer Family Stadium. Proceeds are donated to missions.

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.

Spring Adult Degree and Graduate Program Ceremonies

The Adult Degree Program and each graduate program will host commencement events for their graduates. These events will be designed specifically for each program, and day, time and location vary by program. For more information, visit the Spring Adult Degree and Graduate Commencement Program information page and select your program.

Commencement Speaker

BenSandBen Sand grew up in Spokane, Washington, the son of a single mother and one of six siblings. He went to college on a Presidential Scholarship and completed a degree in English from Eastern Washington University, intending to be a high school English teacher. Instead, he and his wife Maile were called to Portland to run Young Life in the inner city. While serving with Young Life in 2005, Sand established the Act Six Program – an urban leadership and scholarship initiative designed to empower the next generation of diverse leadership for the region. Launching Act Six opened a new horizon for Sand as a community organizer.

In 2008, Sand founded the Portland Leadership Foundation (PLF), a faith-based community organizing organization, to both hold Act Six and incubate new initiatives in the city. After five years of growing initiatives committed to multicultural leadership development, in 2013 PLF established Embrace Oregon – an initiative connecting caring community members with vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS). Embrace Oregon works directly with 137 faith communities in Portland. More than 300 foster families have come through Embrace Oregon in the last 30 months. In February 2017, PLF announced it will be scaling Embrace Oregon under a new brand, Every Child.

Sand completed his Master of Divinity degree at George Fox and is an elder at Imago Dei Community Church. He and his wife have two biological children, Adah (7) and Zoe (5), and an adopted son, Julin (3). Ben loves fly fishing, running, writing, and Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball.