LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Tomorrow, 404 graduates will be handed diplomas at Biola’s first traditional in-person commencement ceremonies since the start of the pandemic. Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, senior pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles, along with John-Paul Foster, co-pastor at Faithful Central Bible Church and adjunct professor at Biola, will be giving the commencement address at the four commencement ceremonies.

There will be a total of four ceremonies held in Chase Gymnasium on Biola’s campus in La Mirada. The ceremonies will be Biola’s first traditional graduation ceremony since 2019 while still abiding by the county’s health and safety protocols.

The four ceremonies will occur throughout the day as follows:

In fall 2020, Biola hosted a drive-thru commencement ceremony and pod style commencement ceremonies were held in Spring 2021.

For those unable to attend in person, a livestream is available to view the ceremonies. Additional Biola commencement information can be found at

For more information or press passes, please contact Sarah Dougher, media relations coordinator, at

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Biola University is a leading Christ-centered university in Southern California that offers a premier, nationally ranked education and has been named one of the nation's “up and coming” universities by U.S. News & World Report four times in five years. Founded in 1908, Biola is committed to the mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. With more than 6,300 students at its Los Angeles-area campus and around the world, the university offers more than 150 academic programs through its nine schools, ranging from the B.A. to the Ph.D. For more information, visit