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George Fox will host mid-year commencement


Higher ed — More than 200 students will receive undergraduate and graduate diplomas

More than 200 students will receive their undergraduate and graduate diplomas Dec. 21 at George Fox University’s midyear commencement ceremony.

The ceremony will take place in Miller Gymnasium in the Wheeler Sports Center. Seating begins at 10 a.m. and the ceremony will start at 11 a.m. Tickets are not required, but 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 www.commencement.georgefox.edu.

About 145 students will receive bachelor’s degrees after completing study in one of George Fox’s 41 undergraduate majors or adult-degree programs. Another 65 students will receive a master’s degree or a doctorate. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Wise words -- Jay Mathisen, who serves as assistant superintendent of human resources and strategic planning with Bend-La Pine Schools, will be the speaker at George Fox University's mid-year commencement ceremonies Dec. 21. Mathisen also serves as an adjunct professor with George Fox University, Corban University and Sheridan College in Perth, Australia.

Jay Mathisen, the assistant superintendent of human resources and strategic planning with Bend-La Pine Schools, will present “Justice as a Lens” as the commencement address. In 2011, while principal at La Pine High School, Mathisen was selected as the High School Principal of the Year by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.

Mathisen began his pursuit of a doctorate in educational leadership at George Fox in 2010. That year, he also made his first visit to the African nation of Rwanda. Post-genocide education reform in Rwanda became the focus of his doctoral studies, with a dissertation titled “Education Reform in Rwanda: Impacts of Genocide and Reconstruction on School Systems.” He completed his doctoral degree and walked last December.

For more information, visit www.commencement.georgefox.edu.