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5/12/2004 Linfield plans commencement exercises May 30

McMINNVILLE ? A total of 492 candidates for graduation will be presented at commencement exercises Sunday, May 30, at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove at Linfield College.

There are 339 candidates for bachelor?s degrees from the McMinnville Campus, 62 from the Portland Campus and 91 from the Adult Degree Program. Thomas Gressler, professor emeritus of theatre arts, will deliver the commencement address, "10 Things I Have Learned."

Closing convocation for the Portland Campus will be held Saturday, May 29, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Portland.

Baccalaureate services will be held Saturday, May 29, at 6 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield. Marcia J. Patton, former Linfield College trustee and the new executive minister of the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, will present the baccalaureate address, "Remember This."

Gressler, who taught at Linfield for 20 years, provided leadership to an educational theatre program that achieved regional and national recognition. He has been honored by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and the Northwest Drama Conference for his work. He wrote "Mama?stars," an original musical, which was selected as a Showcase Performance at the Northwest Drama Conference. He was a Fulbright Research Scholar to Greece and wrote a highly regarded book on Greek Theatre. He was also the recipient of a Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching Effectiveness.

Patton has a bachelor?s degree from Michigan State University, master?s degrees in religion and divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in psychoeducational processes from Temple University?s School of Education. She was ordained in 1976 at the First Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has served churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Salt Lake City. In 1989 she became the associate executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Northwest, initially serving as Far West Area Minister and Minister of Christian Education for the region. She later served as area minister for Western Washington. In January 2003 she became the transitional minister for Evergreen Baptist Association.