LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Biola University is hosting COVID-19 safe Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies on campus this weekend. Graduates will sit with no more than five guests in socially distanced “pods” on Metzger Lawn in the heart of Biola’s campus. This year’s commencement experience will allow graduates and their families to celebrate their graduation on Biola’s campus while adhering to L.A. County’s health and safety protocols.
The nine ceremonies will occur over the course of three days as follows:
- Friday, May 7 (10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.): Rosemead School of Psychology, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, and Talbot School of Theology
- Saturday, May 8 (10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.): School of Cinema and Media Arts, School of Education, Crowell School of Business, and School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Monday, May 10 (10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.): School of Science, Technology and Health and School of Fine Arts and Communication
In fall 2020, Biola hosted a drive-thru commencement ceremony. This weekend’s ceremonies will mark a return to a more typical in-person graduation celebration, however, graduates have the unique opportunity to sit with their family during the service.
Graduates will walk across the stage and receive their diploma from Biola President Barry H. Corey socially distanced and then return to their pod. There will be a photo opportunity on the exit route for graduates.
Graduates also had the opportunity to attend Biola’s “Photo Finish” event earlier this month where students were able to return to campus and have professional photos taken to commemorate their graduation. For some students, this was their first opportunity to return to campus since the pandemic caused all students to leave campus in Spring 2020.
For more information or press passes, please contact Jenna Loumagne, assistant director of strategic communications and media relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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