George Fox University hosts 2015 spring commencement ceremony May 2

April 17th, 2015

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Alumnus Ken Beebe will serve as speaker at undergraduate event in Stoffer Family Stadium

Ken BeebeNEWBERG, Ore. – More than 400 undergraduate and adult degree students will cross the stage for George Fox University’s spring 2015 commencement ceremony, to be held in the school’s new Stoffer Family Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

In addition, the university’s graduate-level programs will each host a combined commencement/hooding ceremony for its graduates at various times and locations, most of which will take place on Friday, May 1. Details on when and where they will be are available at All told, more than 700 students will receive diplomas from the Newberg, Ore., school this spring.

Of the 430 undergraduate students participating in the undergraduate ceremonies, 70 are adult degree program students who earned bachelor’s degrees. About 300 students in masters, doctoral and education specialist programs are expected to participate in the various graduate ceremonies.

Ken Beebe, an alumnus of the university who has served the past 21 years as executive director of the Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center, will address undergraduates at the May 2 ceremony. Live streaming of the event will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony and is available at the main commencement website at

Under Beebe’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.

His 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. Beebe’s 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.

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 3,700 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 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Jennifer Kepler
Administrative Assistant, Academic Affairs, George Fox University

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