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To our Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 Graduates:

We pray that you have been doing well during this time. You have long awaited news about Biola’s plans for the rescheduled Spring 2020 and the upcoming Fall 2020 Commencement Ceremony.

We are excited to announce Commencement 2020, a dynamic drive-thru ceremony experience for you and your family. This allows Biola to adhere to county health protocols while providing a special commencement experience for our 2020 graduates. We recognize this has been a challenging season for our graduating students. Though the ceremony format is not what you may have expected for your graduation, we want to celebrate you in-person in this unique way during your graduation year of 2020. We acknowledge that Commencement is a special occasion and we want to celebrate this significant accomplishment in your life. 

We understand that you may not want to participate in this experience. Our graduates are welcome to choose the option to wait until May 2021, but due to the unknowns around local health guidelines and the global pandemic, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to have an in-person Spring 2021 Commencement.

In order to participate in the upcoming ceremony, you will need to be approved to graduate. If you have not done so already, please connect with your graduation counselor to confirm your graduation status.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. Please know that we are striving to provide you with the best possible and unforgettable ceremony.

Continue to check our website and reach out to our team with any questions or concerns. May God continue to bless you during these uncertain times.

Thursday, December, 10

Cook School of Intercultural Studies: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Crowell School of Business: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

School of Science, Technology and Health: 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, December, 11

School of Humanities and Social Sciences: 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Rosemead School of Psychology: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

School of Fine Arts and Communication: 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December, 12

School of Cinema and Media Arts: 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

School of Education: 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Talbot School of Theology: 12:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The ceremony will be live-streamed so those who cannot attend will be able to watch and share in the festivities.


Fill out the form below to place your regalia order by Wednesday, November 18 in order to have it shipped to your home in time for the commencement experience. You will be contacted by a Biola Store representative to process payment for your order.

Regalia Order Form

RSVP For Commencement

In order to properly plan for the Commencement dates and times for each school, we need graduates to let us know if they plan to participate in the drive-thru ceremony.RSVP for Commencement

Commencement Experience Highlights

  • Graduates will have the opportunity to briefly exit their cars for a photo opportunity at one iconic location on campus.
  • Graduates will walk across the stage and receive their diploma from President Corey in front of Calvary Chapel, where the original Commencement ceremony would have taken place.
  • Family members in the car will have the opportunity to witness their graduates receive their diploma and take photos. The graduate and their family will return to their cars and exit campus.
  • Additional surprises will occur along the way to enhance the celebration!
Biola University Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

For Graduates

Congratulations, class of 2020! You have studied rigorously, overcome challenges, deepened your faith and become who God has called you to be. It has been a privilege to walk with you in this season of your life, and we are honored to send you off with all the pomp and circumstance!

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable commencement experience, please complete the necessary graduation requirements and plan ahead for the weekend festivities!

Plan for Graduation

For Guests

We are excited to welcome you to Biola! As you step foot on our campus, you will experience the passion and warmth of our Biola community as well as the distinct energy surrounding commencement weekend.

To ensure a smooth and memorable commencement experience, please prepare for your visit to Biola. Find information regarding tickets, accessibility accommodations, dining, lodging, flowers and more.

Plan your visit

Graduate receiving diploma from President Barry Corey

Ceremonies and Events

In addition to the main commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2020, and Saturday, May 9, 2020, guests and graduates are invited to attend special events including the undergraduate baccalaureate service, senior celebration dinner, honors ceremonies and school-hosted events including hooding ceremonies and receptions.

View details about the ceremonies and special events