Portland Seminary Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

University announcements

George Fox University Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Seminary announcements

Portland Seminary is monitoring the international and domestic response to the coronavirus and has taken proactive steps to deliver on our educational promise as outlined below.

We realize that this is unsettling, especially in the midst of challenges in your ministry, financial uncertainty as well as health concerns for both students and their loved ones. Please know that the students of Portland Seminary are in our prayers, and we want to walk beside you as you lead your own faith communities through this crisis.

Spring 2020 Semester

  •  The Seminary has postponed the 'Spring 2020 Commencement' to May 6, 2021. We are still working out the details but here are a few things we can assure 2020-21 gradautes:
    • The ceremony will take place the same day as the Spring 2021 Commencement, but the "Class of 2020" will be recognized separately.
    • The ceremony will be held at Bauman Auditorium at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
    • The Seminary will make plans for graduates to connect with fellow students and faculty in addition to the ceremony event. Details TBD. 
    • For 2019-20spring and summer graduates, degree conferral and diploma distribution will take place as usual. Once a student's degree requirements are met, the Registrar will officially confer the degree and mail the diploma to graduates within 6-8 weeks.

Summer 2020 Semester

  • Masters Studios: All summer courses will run fully online. More information regarding the summer schedule is at class.georgefox.edu.
  • Summer 2020 Semiotics, Church, and Culture DMin Advances moved online: The Orcas Advance (Cohort 17, May 25-29) and Cambridge Advance (Cohort 18, June 17-22) for the Semiotics, Church, and Culture Doctor of Ministry program will be moved to an alternative online experience on the originally scheduled dates. All face-to-face events are canceled.
  • Library Services: The library has moved to fully remote status, similar to other Alliance and public libraries. You still have access to library support, though through a combination of remote meetings with librarians, digital acquisitions and mailing materials.
  • Portland Center Campus: The Portland Center is closed to students and outside community members.

Fall 2020 Semester