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12/5/2003 Linfield fall commencement is Dec. 20

McMINNVILLE – A total of 105 candidates for degrees will be presented at Linfield College fall commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Frank Nelson, professor of philosophy, will present the commencement address, "Where Do We Go From Here?" David Massey, chaplain, will present the invocation, and Richard Ice, chair of the Board of Trustees, will give the benediction.

Closing convocation on the Portland Campus will be held Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at Mountain Park Church, 40 McNary Parkway, Lake Oswego. Ann Chamberlain, visiting assistant professor of nursing, will speak. Sigma Theta Tau honor society members will be recognized and senior honors in nursing will be presented.

Nelson has been a member of the Linfield College faculty since 1970. He has previously served as director of the Linfield Honors and January Term programs. He was named the Edith Green Distinguished Professor in 1989. Prior to coming to Linfield, he served as the director for the Baptist Graduate Center at the University of Chicago from 1959 to 1970. From 1956 to 1959, he served as the minister at the First Baptist Church in Mount Carroll, Ill. Nelson received a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree, both in philosophy, from the University of Michigan. He received a bachelor of divinity degree and a master’s degree in theology from the University of Chicago. Nelson has been active in numerous organizations. He currently serves as chair of the Northwest China Council and has traveled and taught in China. He is also vice chair of Oregon Common Cause and is director of "Speaking Frankly," a weekly community access television program. He helped found the McMinnville School District 40 Foundation and the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County.