Spring Undergraduate Commencement Information

Baccalaureate & Commencement on the Newberg Campus

Schedule of Events

BACCALAUREATE, a celebration and worship service for traditional undergraduates and their guests, will be held on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in Bauman Auditorium.

One COMMENCEMENT ceremony for traditional undergraduates and Department of Professional Studies graduates will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 2:30 p.m. in Stoffer Family Stadium.

Tickets will be distributed to graduates in mid-April.  They will be required for entry and seating in the grandstands between 1:30pm-2:15pm at Saturday's commencement ceremony. Each traditional undergraduate and Department of Professional Studies graduate will receive three tickets for the covered grandstand area and five tickets for seating not under cover.  At 2:15pm, the gates will be opened to all others wanting to attend.  

Campus maps and directions are available for your convenience. For more information, visit the undergraduate commencement information page.

Commencement Speaker: Ken Beebe

Ken BeebeKen Beebe is a 1982 George Fox University graduate (BA, sociology) who has spent the past 21 years serving as executive director of Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center, a 350-bed retreat facility located on 120 pristine acres along the north Oregon Coast. Ken's heart for the ministry of Christian camping began as a child while attending summer camps at Twin Rocks, and was strengthened by camp leadership experiences he enjoyed in and around his years as a student at George Fox.

Under Ken's leadership at Twin Rocks, the camp has undertaken extensive facility upgrades and established many new programs, including leadership development opportunities for youth and young adults, an annual marriage-enrichment conference for couples, personal prayer retreats for adults, day camp experiences targeting un-churched and low-income children, outdoor education programs for homeschooled students, and a week-long camp for recent high school graduates.

Ken's career to date has focused exclusively on nonprofit social service organizations, serving six years in homeless shelters (in Boston and Portland), and 24 years in Christian camping. His bachelor's degree in sociology from George Fox combines with a Yale University master's degree in public and private management (1987) to provide administrative skills to the charitable institutions in which he serves.

In addition to his work at Twin Rocks, Ken currently serves on the boards of directors of the Christian Camp & Conference Association, George Fox University and the Administrative Council of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. He previously served on the boards of Friendsview Retirement Community, Barclay Press and the Neah-Kah-Nie School District. He and his wife, LeAnn, are the parents of two adult children, Mark and Grayce.

Ken holds a close, lifelong connection to George Fox University, an institution his parents, siblings, spouse and children all attended. His parents both worked at the school – Wanda in the business office and Ralph as professor of history for more than 20 years.

Ken finds a special joy in his role as a camp director, knowing that his work plays a part in the formulation of committed followers of Jesus Christ.

Tickets

Each traditional undergraduate and Department of Professional Studies graduate will receive three tickets for covered grandstand seating at Stoffer Family Stadium. Additional seating is available in the open grandstands and tickets will not be required for those areas.

Department of Professional Studies graduates may pick up their tickets at the Portland Center Grad Night Event on Wednesday, April 1, in PDS 155. DPS Graduates not able to attend this event should contact Matt Sargent at msargent@georgefox.edu or 503-554-6102. Tickets for traditional undergraduates will be mailed to each graduate's campus box in mid-April. 

Academic Regalia

Traditional undergraduates unable to attend the Exodus Grad Fair may pick up their regalia from the registrar's office (Stevens Center). Students must present their Student ID card to pick up their regalia.

Department of Professional Studies graduates may pick up their regalia at the Portland Center Grad Night event on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Graduates not able to attend this event should contact Matt Sargent at msargent@georgefox.edu or 503-554-6102.

Any questions? Please contact Rebecca Williams in the registrar's office at rwilliams@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 Jennifer Kepler at jkepler@georgefox.edu by Monday, April 27, to place a reservation. Because of limited space, reservations may be made only for the disabled individual and one additional guest.

Spanish and Mandarin Interpreting Services

Spanish and Mandarin interpreting services will be available at our undergraduate commencement ceremonies. Headsets 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 Jennifer Kepler at jkepler@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 Coffin Hall.

Flowers

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 Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremonies

Each George Fox University college will host a combined commencement/hooding ceremony for its Spring 2015 graduates. These events will be designed specifically for each graduate program, and day, time and location vary by program. For more information, visit the graduate commencement information page and select your program.

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