Commencement 2017

Linfield College Commencement in the Oak Grove

Live Streaming

The 2017 Linfield Commencement will be streaming live. The video stream will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 28.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 26

6 p.m.: Latinx Senior Recognition Ceremony, Falls Event Center, McMinnville

Saturday, May 27

11 a.m.: Nursing Pinning Ceremony,  Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland. Tickets are required to attend the event.

4:30 p.m.:
Graduates and faculty report to HHPA Building, McMinnville Campus. Seniors should wear cap and gown and line up in the breezeway. Faculty assemble in the Multipurpose Room.

5 p.m.:  Baccalaureate Service, Ted Wilson Gymnasium, HHPA Building, McMinnville Campus.

The  Rev. Lynne Smouse Lopez, pastor of Ainsworth United Church of Christ in Portland, will present the baccalaureate address. Lopez has been the pastor of Ainsworth United Church of Christ in Portland since 1996. Under her leadership, Ainsworth UCC received a service award from Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon for housing an HIV Day Center. The church also received the first Local Church Justice Award from the UCC national Justice and Witness Ministries in 2001. Lopez received a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University in 1976 with a duel major of special education and elementary education. She obtained a master’s of education in counseling, also at Kent State University, in 1980. In 1989 she graduated from the School of Theology at Claremont, Calif., with a Master’s of Divinity. Read more.

6:30 p.m.: Grad Finale, Dillin Hall. Graduating seniors and their families are invited to celebrate the transition from student to alumnus during Grad Finale/Senior Celebration in Dillin Hall, following baccalaureate exercises.

Sunday, May 28

9 a.m.: Graduates report to Ted Wilson Gymnasium in cap and gown.

9:20 a.m.: Faculty robe in Fred Meyer Lounge.

10 a.m.:  Commencement on the green between Melrose Hall and the President’s House. Refreshments follow in the Oak Grove.

Note: Access to the commencement green is restricted at 9:45 a.m. to prepare for the processional.  Some aisles will be closed until after our graduates and faculty have entered and are seated, so please make every effort to arrive early and be in place.

Su-Yen WongSu-Yen Wong, chief executive of the Human Capital Leadership Institute and a 1989 Linfield graduate, will deliver the commencement address. Wong is the chair of the board at Nera Telecommunications, a member of the board of MediaCorp, Yoma Strategic Holdings and NTUC First Campus. She has more than 20 years of experience in strategy, risk management, organizational transformation, human capital and leadership development. She is recognized as a multicultural, client-focused, people-oriented and innovation-driven leader, and has been based in the United States, Thailand, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. Wong graduated from Linfield with a bachelor’s degree in music and computer science. She received an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more.

Weather Information

Oregon's weather can be unpredictable. We recommend that you come prepared for rain or sun.

Commencement Photos

GradImages is our Commencement photographer. Learn more at or 800-261-2576. Students may pre-register online to receive proofs in a timely manner. Pre-register for graduation photos using this form to enter to win a prize.

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