Spring Undergraduate Commencement Information


The university pastors warmly invite you to attend the undergraduate Baccalaureate service on Friday, April 29, 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 or 503-554-2320.

Commencement on the Newberg Campus

Schedule of Events

One commencement ceremony for traditional undergraduates will be held on Saturday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. in Stoffer Family Stadium.

Undergraduate Information Brochure

Campus maps and directions are available for your convenience.


Tickets to the undergraduate commencement at Stoffer Family Stadium will not be required. However, we do ask graduates to limit their guests to 10.

Academic Regalia

Traditional undergraduates may pick up their regalia during the Exodus Grad Fair on March 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Stevens Center lobby). Those unable to attend Exodus may pick up their regalia from the registrar's office (Stevens Center) beginning April 18. Students must present their Student ID card to pick up their regalia.

Any questions? Please contact Elise Porter in the registrar's office at 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 by Monday, April 25, to place a reservation.

Interpreting Services

Spanish, Mandarin, and ASL 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


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


Fresh flowers will be available for purchase near the entrance of Stoffer Family Stadium.

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 2016 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: Becky Ankeny

Becky AnkenyBecky Ankeny is general superintendent of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends and is a member of Newberg Friends Church. Her parents were Friends missionaries in Burundi, Africa, for three decades, and she spent much of her first 15 years there.

She graduated from George Fox College in 1977 and received an MBA (2009) and PhD in English (1986) from the University of Oregon. Her PhD work was on the fiction of George MacDonald, a Victorian preacher and writer who influenced C.S. Lewis.

She taught at Westmont College from 1986 to 1988 before returning to her alma mater, George Fox, to work as a professor of English and as an administrator from 1988 to 2011. Becky and her husband, Mark, are the parents of two daughters, Davida and Elizabeth, who with their respective husbands, Richard Brown and Jesse Dillow, all graduated from George Fox University. Becky and Mark rejoice in four grandchildren.