LA MIRADA, CALIF. — The Biola University final Fall Commencement is being held on Friday, Dec. 16, featuring film producer and visionary Karen Covell as the keynote speaker. As founding director of the nonprofit corporation The Hollywood Prayer Network, Covell inspires people of faith outside the entertainment industry around the country, encouraging them to pray for the people in the entertainment industry. Covell has extensive experience in producing for television, documentaries and children’s programming, as well as writing for TV such as episodes for “The Incurables,” and creating and producing the rock gospel music show pilot, “Good News Rock.”

In addition to producing for TV, Covell was also the producing director of the 8th Annual Women in Film Festival in Los Angeles, and she was one of the founders of Kino Women International (KIWI), an international women's film federation at the Moscow Film Festival and in Georgia, Soviet Union. Her love for the industry has led her to mentor those who are new to the industry in order to help them learn and become integrated into a complicated profession.


What: Biola University is hosting its last Fall Commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 16. Moving forward, Biola will only hold Commencement in the spring for students, joining other local colleges in commencement ceremonies hosted once a year. Approximately 331 graduates from Biola’s nine schools will be crossing the stage to receive their diplomas from Biola President, Dr. Barry H. Corey.

When: Friday, December 16, 2022 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Where: Biola University, 13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639, Chase Gymnasium

On site Media Contact: Sarah Dougher, (310) 753-1193,

About Biola University: Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian university in the heart of Southern California. It was recently recognized as one of America's best colleges, earning a spot in the top tier of the "best national universities" category of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges 2023 rankings. 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 nearly 6,000 students at its Southern California campus and around the world, Biola's nine schools offer more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. For more information, visit or call (562) 777-4061.

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