George Fox University hosts midyear commencement ceremony Dec. 17

December 1st, 2016

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Alumna Juli Morse, a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur, will address more than 200 graduates

juli-morseNEWBERG, Ore. – Nearly 250 students will receive undergraduate and graduate diplomas at George Fox University’s midyear commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17.

The ceremony will take place in Miller Gymnasium in the Wheeler Sports Center on the school’s Newberg, Ore., campus. Seating begins at 10 a.m., and the ceremony will start at 11 a.m. Tickets are not required; however, seating is limited to 10 guests per graduate. At 10:45 a.m., a live broadcast of the ceremony will be available to watch online at a link posted on

All told, 156 students will receive bachelor’s degrees after completing study in one of George Fox’s 41 undergraduate bachelor’s degree majors or its adult degree programs. Another 90 students will receive a master’s degree or a doctorate after completing study in one of the university’s graduate programs or in its seminary.

Alumna Juli Morse, a mechanical engineer, entrepreneur and technology commercialization enthusiast, will serve as commencement speaker. She has 16 years of experience working in the high-tech and consumer goods industries, including with Hewlett-Packard, The Clorox Company and several startups.

Morse is the founder of River Parkway Labs, a technology commercialization and product-marketing consultancy in Portland. She specializes in working with early-stage tech companies and startups, universities and inventors to bring their innovations, intellectual property and products to market. She serves on the Engineering Advisory Board for George Fox University and the Portland State University Venture Fund Committee.

Morse graduated from George Fox with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

More specifics on the ceremony are available at

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Janelle Freitag
Office of Academic Affairs

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