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Commencement 2016

Two graduates -- a father and daughter -- hold hands in air as they walk across the stage to accept their diplomas.

Live Streaming

The 2016 Linfield Commencement will be streaming live. The video stream will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 29.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 28

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.

Margaret Marcuson, an ordained American Baptist minister, will deliver the baccalaureate message. Marcuson was a parish pastor for 13 years in Massachusetts and now she speaks and writes on leadership and works with faith leaders nationally as a consultant and coach. Her work focuses on how leaders manage themselves in relation to those they lead. They can challenge those they lead, and nurture their relationship with those they lead, but they cannot will others to change. She is on the faculty of the Leadership in Ministry workshops and is a frequent guest preacher in churches. 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 29

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.

Michael Lindblad '94Michael Lindblad ‘94, the 2015 Oregon Teacher of the Year, will deliver the commencement address to the Linfield class of 2016. Lindblad is in his 20th year as a bilingual teacher and coach. He taught for three years at Lakeridge High School and the last 17 at Gresham High School, developing his school’s International Baccalaureate history program. Lindblad was also named the 2016 OEA/NEA Oregon State Teacher of the Year and has received numerous other honors and awards. In 2013, the Oregon Council of Social Studies recognized him as Oregon Social Studies Teacher of the Year. 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.

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