Spring 2021 Commencement
The university is proud to be able to celebrate our graduates with an in-person "family-style" ceremony over the course of three days, May 7, 8 and 10. The list of schools with their respective ceremony days are listed below, along with times and dates.
If you are unable to attend the ceremony or would like to opt out of the ceremony, please fill out this form. The form will allow you to submit a photo that will be included in the ceremony and the information will be shared with the Office of the Registrar to inform them as well.
|School||Ceremony Date||Ceremony Time(s)|
|Rosemead School of Psychology||Friday, May 7||10 a.m.|
|Cook School of Intercultural Studies;
Talbot School of Theology (undergraduate)
|Friday, May 7||1:30 p.m.|
|Talbot School of Theology (graduate)||Friday, May 7||4:30 p.m.|
|School of Cinema and Media Arts;
School of Education
|Saturday, May 8||10 a.m.|
|School of Humanities and Social Sciences||Saturday, May 8||1:30 p.m.|
|Crowell School of Business||Saturday, May 8||4:30 p.m.|
|School of Fine Arts and Communication||Monday, May 10||10 a.m.|
|School of Science, Technology and Health||Monday, May 10||1:30 p.m. — Undergraduate
4:30 p.m. — Graduate and Undergraduate (undergraduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Physics, Engineering Physics, Chemistry)
The Biola Store is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.–3 p.m. for in person ordering. If you would prefer to place an order online fill out the form below to place your regalia order. Orders must be placed by Monday, April 12 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 at the time you select in the form. If you are in need of some financial assistance to purchase your regalia, please let the Biola Store Representative know.
Spring and fall 2020 graduates who ordered regalia last year should have received their regalia in the mail soon after they placed their order. If you did not receive your regalia order in the mail, please contact the Bookstore. Graduates who ordered hoods last year will receive information from academic admins regarding picking up their hoods before commencement.
Graduation Announcements and other Memorabilia
You may order special Biola University branded memorabilia from the Jostens website. If you have any questions about this, our staff at the Biola Store will be happy to help!
Flowers and Photos
We are happy to announce that we are able to have our floral and photo vendors available to our graduates for commencement. Graduates may pre-order florals on the floral vendor site. Graduates can also pre-register for photography on the GradImages website.
An email will be sent on April 16th with instructions on how to reserve your family pod. Due to state and county regulations, we will not be able to allow more than 5 guests for each graduate. Each graduate is guaranteed a family pod for seating themselves and their five guests and we cannot mix other graduate’s guests. For this reason, commencement tickets are non-transferable to another graduate. We apologize we are not able to be flexible on that restriction. All ceremonies will be live streamed on YouTube for your extended family and friends to celebrate your amazing accomplishment.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
Commencement plans will be in compliance with public health guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of California and Los Angeles County. We will continue to put the health and wellbeing of every member of the Biola community and commencement guests as a top priority. Please note the following:
- All commencement attendees must wear a face covering at all times and maintain the 6 feet physical distance from those not in their immediate group. All graduates and their guests are to stay within their pre-assigned seating arrangements.
- A pre-event symptom check email will be sent to all pre-registered guests 24 hours prior to commencement and must be returned before they arrive on campus.
- Currently, LA county guidance requires a 10-day quarantine for anyone arriving or returning to the county from out-of-state or other countries. However, we expect the order will be lifted by May. For more information please read the LA County Department of Public Health Travel Advisory.
Please continue to send any Spring 2021 Commencement related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.