Graduation

Spring 2021 Graduation Events

Final Chapel
Friday, May 14th @ 10:15 AM
PBC Chapel
Mannahouse Rocky Butte Campus

Graduation Ceremony
Friday, May 14th @ 7:00 PM
Mannahouse
Rocky Butte Campus
9200 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97220

Spring Reception
Date: Saturday, May 15th
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: TBA

If you have questions about these events, please contact the Administration Office at (503) 255-3540.

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Graduation Petition 

If you are expecting to graduate with your Associate or Bachelor degree, you must fill out the Graduation Petition and submit it at the time of registration for your graduating semester.

Requirements for an Associate Degree 

  • All associate degrees require a minimum of 64 credits.
  • Students must complete all the required courses for their emphasis
  • A minimum of 32 credits must be taken live at Portland Bible College.
  • The student must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA (“C” average) for courses completed  at Portland Bible College.
  • No outstanding financial obligations.

Requirements for a Bachelor Degree 

  • All bachelor degrees require a minimum of 128 credits.
  • Students must complete all the required courses for their emphasis.
  • A minimum of 64 credits must be taken live at Portland Bible College.
  • The student must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA (“C” average) for courses completed at Portland Bible College.
  • No outstanding financial obligations.

Graduation Honors and Awards

Full-time students that earn a grade point average of 3.50 or higher attain superior academic standing. All graduating seniors receive an Aaron’s Rod (see description below). A few graduating Seniors are selected for the Founders and Kevin Conner awards.

The Rod
The rod was a branch that was made of very hard, sun-baked, weather-beaten wood and was gnarled, knotted, and twisted.  A rod got its name from its stretching or extending itself.  A rod or staff was used for walking, sheepherding, chastisement, or snake killing.  It was the scepter of a king, an emblem of power.

The Symbolism
Our calling—our ministry—is a dead piece of wood unless it is touched by the divine power of God.  Aaron’s rod was given supernatural life that resulted in supernatural fruitfulness, the sign of divine approval.  Under the same divine atmosphere, the other rods could not be made alive but remained merely dry, twisted, desert sticks.

The Secret

The secret of becoming a fruitful rod instead of a dry stick is presenting ourselves constantly before His presence.  In ourselves we are dry and barren for our reliance is on God for our fruitfulness. A barren rod is not a personal reflection of the man, but the realization of a ministry limitation set by God’s grace, mercy and wisdom.  Ministry failure is probable when we refuse to come to terms with our limitations. The rod was placed in the Ark of the Covenant to preserve the fruitfulness of the chosen rod.  The fruit was to remain forever ripe, never to fade.  The Ark preserved the rod in never-fading beauty.  When we keep our ministry in the Ark, abiding daily in Christ’s presence, we will be refreshed with the revelation of God’s mind and purpose and endowed with fresh anointing.

The Founder’s Award

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is brother-dick-Iverson.jpgBrother Dick Iverson founded Portland Bible College in 1967 for the underlying purpose of helping to prepare men and women for service in the local church.  For their ministries to be successful, the development of all areas of their lives must take place.

As the faculty members watch the students go through their training, they take the time to note those individuals who demonstrate the overall development of the different aspects of their lives. Those who accomplish this will have a greater potential of both serving the Lord and representing Him well.

Many students demonstrate the overall qualities that exemplify a healthy Christian life. Honor could be given to all of them. We take the time, however, to select three individuals that best exhibit the overall lifestyle which demonstrates good spiritual development. One female student and one male student, living on campus and one student representing our off campus population.

The students we choose each year, consistently manifest the life style that represents the qualities we feel are important for Christian service. This award is just a simple way of acknowledging what we have witnessed. It is our privilege to work with and recognize those men and women who model the Christian exceptionally/

Recipient History

  • 2019 1. Jaasyel Monroy 2. Kaitlyn Price
  • 2018 – 1. Kandice Jameson 2. Riley Hamilton
  • 2017 – 1. Caleb Gowey  2. Rebekah Johnson
  • 2016 – 1. Megan Patterson  2. Nathaneal Chown
  • 2015 – 1. Brian Holmes  2. Ashley Leach
  • 2014 –  1. Charity Cesia Carbajal-Rooney  2. Lucas de Sousa  3. Sean Gleason
  • 2013 – 1. Karina Jameson  2. Mackenzie Shoe  3. Adam Smucker
  • 2012 – 1. Daniel Eliason  2. Nicole Milne  3. Micah Westby
  • 2011 – 1. Sameul Albrecht  2. Mary Anne Feeney  3. Marcus Janzen
  • 2010 – 1. Cristopher Buck  2. Kathryn Schaub
  • 2009 – 1. Christopher Hubbard  2. Kim-Maree Roberts  3. Shalane Wellard
  • 2008 – 1. Elizabeth Burnetta  2. Daniel Gardner  3. Ashley Jackson  4. Dylan Jones
  • 2007 – 1. Travis Arnold  2. Emma Jones
  • 2006 – 1. Alessa Anderson  2. Lance McGinnis
  • 2005 – 1. Hamilton Gonzalez  2. Crystal Vernon
  • 2004 – 1. Robert Alvarado Jr.  2. Erica Eason  3. John Prakasam
  • 2003 – 1. Noel Cammack  2. Kelly Rubuliak
  • 2002 – 1. Janell Bascom  2. Poncho Lowder 
  • 2001 – 1. Lora Glanville  2. Jeremy Koepke
  • 2000 – 1. Ben Tice  2. Avril Watt
  • 1999 – 1. Jennifer Ebersole  2. Jason Johansen
  • 1998 – 1. Angie Malmin  2. Jonathan Stricker
  • 1996 – 1. Julie Copp  2. Simon Mould

The Kevin Conner Award

831ad14081318c2a1720381112401b75_f2099Kevin Conner is a former Dean of Portland Bible College.  He is a world-renowned scholar, pastor and author.  Without question, Kevin’s leadership during his tenure at PBC left an indelible theological and philosophical mark.

Kevin was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1927.  In 1972 he moved, with his family, to Portland, Oregon where he served in Portland Bible College as Academic Dean and Mannahouse, formerly City Bible Church (then Bible Temple) until 1981.  He then returned to Melbourne to minister at Waverly Christian Fellowship. He served as the Senior Pastor from 1988 – 1995; and through his leadership, established a strong and healthy church.

Kevin is recognized internationally as a Teaching-Apostle after having spent many years in both Church and Bible College ministry.  He has written numerous textbooks used by ministers and students worldwide.  He is in great demand as a teacher and travels extensively.

The Award:

As the faculty of Portland Bible College, it is our great privilege to work with students who come to us from outside the United States. These students often experience numerous financial, cultural, and political challenges to be able to study at PBC. What motivates them through all this is the desire to be trained in the Word of God so that they can return to their home countries and better serve His Kingdom purposes there. Many men and women around the world have done this, and they are now back home making great contributions to their nations.

We realize that God has a great destiny for each of these students. We do acknowledge, however, that some of these students will be used in ways to more significantly advance the purposes of God in their countries. We want to honor some of those students. The Kevin Conner Award is our way, as a faculty, of saying that we see them making such a spiritual impact back home. We are thankful for the privilege we have had to share in the work of God in their life. Congratulations from all of us!

Recipient History   

  • 2019 – Darren Raynald
  • 2018 – Jeany Sie
  • 2017 – Tyler Fitch
  • 2016 – Marcus Soveral
  • 2015 – Risa Takayama
  • 2014 – Donny Roam
  • 2013 – Michael Barton & Carolina Santos
  • 2012 – Sugirtha Ajoo
  • 2011 – Jun Young Lee
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