George Fox University hosts 2017 spring commencement ceremonies

April 19th, 2017

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More than 900 students to receive diplomas from Newberg, Ore., institution

NEWBERG, Ore. – More than 900 undergraduate, adult degree and graduate-level students will receive diplomas in commencement ceremonies planned at George Fox University this spring.

The school will host its traditional undergraduate ceremony at the school’s Stoffer Family Stadium beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. A total of 458 traditional undergraduate students – plus 14 students from one of the university’s adult-degree elementary education cohorts – will receive bachelor’s degrees at the event.

In addition, the university’s graduate-level programs and adult degree programs will each host combined commencement/hooding ceremonies for graduates at various times and locations, most of which will take place on Friday, April 28. Details on when and where they will be are available at

All told, 382 students will earn graduate-level degrees from the university’s masters, doctoral and education specialist programs. Another 63 adult degree program students and 458 traditional undergraduates will receive bachelor’s degrees, bringing the total number of graduates to 903.

Robin Baker, the university’s president, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address. This marks the university’s 125th year, and commencement marks the end of the milestone year academically.

Baker, a historian and experienced university administrator, is the 12th president of George Fox. Prior to his appointment in July of 2007, he spent eight years as the university’s provost, overseeing a dramatic expansion of academic programs including undergraduate programs in engineering and nursing. In addition to his work leading the college he has also taught classes in the Civil War and 19th century America as professor of history.

Prior to George Fox, Baker worked in the 1990s at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, first as an associate professor of history and later as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and vice president for academic affairs. In 1998, he was named the university’s senior vice president and operating officer. Previously, Robin was an assistant professor of history at Wheaton College in Illinois from 1989 to 1992, then assistant professor of history at John Brown University in Arkansas for two years.

Baker completed a PhD in Civil War and American political history with honors at Texas A&M University in 1989.

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 3,900 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
Executive Assistant to the Provost, George Fox University

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