George Fox University hosts midyear commencement ceremony Dec. 15

November 29th, 2018

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One-hundred-and-sixty students will receive undergraduate and graduate diplomas

NEWBERG, Ore. – One-hundred-and-sixty students will receive undergraduate and graduate diplomas at George Fox University’s midyear commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15.

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, 127 students will receive bachelor’s degrees after completing study in one of George Fox’s 46 undergraduate bachelor’s degree majors or its adult degree programs. Another 33 will receive a master’s degree or a doctorate after completing study in one of the university’s graduate programs or in its seminary. The university hosts its primary commencement event in the spring.

Alumna Shannon Buckmaster will address the graduates as commencement speaker. A Pacific Northwest native, Buckmaster earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from George Fox and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School. Her diverse professional experiences include adjunct teaching in the religious studies department at George Fox for six years; small-business ownership and retail sales; public speaking on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse recovery; and her current position as the CEO for the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Buckmaster volunteers extensively and currently serves on the board of directors for Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity, Newberg Rotary, and Petra Peacebuilders International. She also co-chairs the Tunes on Tuesday community music festival. She lives in Newberg with her husband, Paul, and their two children, Anna and Bennet.

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

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