George Fox University hosts midyear commencement ceremony Dec. 16

November 28th, 2017

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Nearly 200 students will receive undergraduate and graduate diplomas

Jon Bishop

NEWBERG, Ore. – Nearly 200 students will receive undergraduate and graduate diplomas at George Fox University’s midyear commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16.

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, 140 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 58 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.

Alumnus Jon Bishop, a 1967 graduate who has worked for more than four decades as a doctor and missionary, will be the commencement speaker. The title of his address is “Dusting for Fingerprints.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree, Bishop attended the University of Oregon Medical School, graduating in 1971, and embarked on a 35-year career as a doctor for Snohomish Family Medical Center, a group of Christian family physicians who offer medical care to underserved areas around the globe. He has served in nine countries as well as rural America.

Since retiring, Bishop and his wife Marita, also a 1967 George Fox graduate, have volunteered in Central Asia. Presently, he is general director of a three-year program that trains doctors in Central Asia to be specialists in family medicine. The Bishops have five children and five grandchildren and live in Snohomish, Washington.

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 “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. 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

Note: A photo of commencement speaker Jon Bishop is available upon request.

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