George Fox University Hosts Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 1

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Dr. Kent Thornburg of the OHSU Heart Research Center will present address

Dr. Kent Thornburg, director of Oregon Health & Science University’s Heart Research Center, will be the guest speaker at the George Fox University spring commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 1.

The university will host two commencement ceremonies on the Newberg campus in Miller Gymnasium in the Wheeler Sports Center. Thornburg will speak at the traditional undergraduate ceremony at 2 p.m., with guest seating beginning at 1 p.m.

Later that night, he also will speak at the ceremony for the university’s graduate, seminary, and adult degree programs at 7 p.m., with seating starting at 6 p.m. The title of Thornburg’s address is “Your History Becomes You.”

The undergraduate ceremony will include 321 students, and the graduate, seminary, and adult degree programs ceremony will include 396 students.

In addition to his duties in the Heart Research Center, Thornburg is professor of cardiovascular medicine at OHSU and holds the M. Lowell Edwards Chair in OHSU’s Department of Medicine. He has appointments in the departments of biomedical engineering, medicine, physiology and pharmacology, obstetrics and gynecology, medical informatics/clinical epidemiology and in the Heart Research Center.

Dr. Thornburg leads a team of scientists who are studying how mechanical forces alter gene expression in the developing embryo heart.

Specifics on commencement are available at

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the nation and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Missy Terry
Executive assistant to the president

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