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Ceremonies and Events

Our Spring 2020 Commencement on May 8 and 9 will be postponed, with more information coming as contingency decisions are made. Please direct any questions regarding commencement to University Events.

Main Ceremonies

Spring Commencement: Ceremony A

  • Friday, May 8, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Metzger Lawn
  • Crowell School of Business
  • Rosemead School of Psychology
  • School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts and Communication
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Spring Commencement: Ceremony B

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Metzger Lawn
  • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • School of Cinema and Media Arts
  • School of Science, Technology and Health
  • Talbot School of Theology

Mandatory Rehearsal: Ceremony A

  • Friday, May 8, 2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Chase Gymnasium

Mandatory Rehearsal: Ceremony B

  • Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 6 p.m.
  • Chase Gymnasium

Special Celebrations and Receptions

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University-Wide Special Events

Join us for our Baccalaureate and an appreciation dinner open to all of our graduating students and their guests. Please see the event details for additional information regarding RSVPs.

Undergraduate Baccalaureate Service

 Thursday, May 7

 TBD

Undergraduate students, along with their guests, are invited to a special worship service to conclude their time at Biola by focusing on God's faithfulness. This is the final opportunity to celebrate together as the entire Spring Class of 2020. Seating is not assigned; graduates may sit with their fellow peers, friends and/or family. This is a non-ticketed event and graduates do not need to wear their cap and gown (regalia). Attire is dressy casual.

Biola Alumni Association Senior Celebration Dinner

 Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m.

 Metzger Lawn

An RSVP is required to attend. The dress code for the evening is semi-formal.

Graduates receive an invitation via email with event details.

alumni@biola.edu

Honors Ceremonies

Torrey Honors Institute and Epsilon Kappa Epsilon will hold special ceremonies in addition to our main ceremonies.

Torrey Honors Institute Commencement Ceremony

 Saturday, May 9 from 2-5 p.m.

 Sutherland Auditorium

1:30 PM | Doors Open
2:00 PM | Ceremony start-time
3:30 PM | Reception start-time
5:00 PM | Reception end-time

This event is not ticketed and an RSVP is not required. Seats in the Auditorium are first-come, first-serve. Reception is a mingling reception, with some seating, provided around the courtyard, but mostly standing room. Refreshments will be provided. No dress code.

jessamy.nordstrom@biola.edu

Epsilon Kappa Epsilon Honors Ceremony and Reception

 Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m.

 Calvary Chapel

No RSVP is needed for the ceremony. An RSVP is required for the reception. The reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Andrews Banquet Room.

associateprovostacademicadmin@biola.edu

School Receptions

Join our schools and academic departments as they celebrate their graduates. Events vary from hooding ceremonies for doctorate and masters graduates to receptions with our esteemed faculty. Contact the sponsoring department for additional information.

Cook School of Intercultural Studies

  • Cook School of Intercultural Studies Reception

     Saturday, May 9 from 5-6 p.m.

     Marshburn Hall Lobby

    Light refreshments will be served.

    csicsgrad@biola.edu

  • Cook School of Intercultural Studies Dinner and Hooding Ceremony

     Thursday, May 7 at 5 p.m

     Andrews Banquet Room

    An invitation will be sent to all graduate students.Dinner will be served. RSVP to csicsgrad@biola.edu

     patti.colombo@biola.edu

School of Science, Technology and Health

  • Biological Sciences Department Reception

     TBD

     TBD

    More information to come.

    amy.tan@biola.edu

  • Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department Reception

     TBD

     TBD

    More information to come.

  • Communication Science and Disorders Department Reception

     Saturday, May 9 from 4-6 p.m.

     Dorothy English Hall, Room 64

    No RSVP Needed. Light Refreshments will be provided. No dress code.


    kelly.buzzetta@biola.edu

  • Kinesiology and Health Science Department Reception

     Saturday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m.

     Kinesiology and Health Science Department Reception area, Lim Center, 2nd Floor

    No RSVP is required to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

     KHS.Office@biola.edu

  • Math and Computer Science Department Reception

     TBD

     TBD

    More information to come.

    peggy.giboney@biola.edu

  • MS-SLP Hooding Ceremony

     Thursday, May 7 from 5-6 p.m.

     Dorothy English Lawn

    No RSVP needed. Refreshments will be provided. No dress code.

    alicia.m.mccormick@biola.edu

  • Nursing Pinning Ceremony and Reception

     TBD

     TBD

    More information to come.

    nursing.department@biola.edu

Rosemead School of Psychology

 TBD

 TBD

More information to come.

Crowell School of Business

  • Crowell School of Business Spring Banquet

     Thursday, May 7 from 4-6:30 p.m.

     Embassy Suites Brea

    Invitations will be delivered to seniors in their Capstone courses. Return RSVPs to Miki Gao. Semi-formal attire is required  Graduating senior’s dinner is complimentary. Graduates are allowed up to two guests at $27/person. Parking is free in the hotel garage.

    miki.gao@biola.edu

  • MPAcc Graduation and Hooding Dinner

     Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. 

     Lehman Dining Room, Upper Metzger

    Dinner will be served. Business casual and bring your graduation gown for the hooding ceremony.

    amanda.oakes@biola.edu

  • MBA and Master of Management, Nonprofit Organizations Dinner and Hooding Ceremony

     Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.

     Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East

    An RSVP is required to attend. Invitations will be sent out to graduates.

    kayley.allen@biola.edu

School of Cinema and Media Arts

  • Cinema and Media Arts Department Reception

     Saturday, May 9 immediately following the ceremony.

     Production Center Lobby

    No RSVP needed. Refreshments will be provided.

    heather.grossman@biola.edu

School of Education

  • School of Education Masters Banquet and Hooding Ceremony

     Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m.

     Cafe Banquet Room

    RSVP by April 27. Refreshments will be provided. Masters hoods will be distributed, upon proof of purchase. Do not wear your cap and hood to the banquet, dress business casual.

    kay.henry@biola.edu

  • Liberal Studies Department Reception

     TBD

     TBD

    More information to come.

    yvonne.yuen@biola.edu

School of Fine Arts and Communication

  • Art Department Reception

     Friday, May 8 immediately following the Commencement Ceremony

     Art Gallery

    No RSVP is required to attend.

    jenni.pinedo@biola.edu

  • Communication Studies Department Reception

     TBD

     TBD

    More information to come.

    amy.s.lee@biola.edu

  • Conservatory of Music Reception

     Friday, May 8 from 9:30-10:30 p.m.

     Crowell Annex Courtyard

    No RSVP required. Light refreshments will be provided.

    jessica.hong@biola.edu

  • Media, Journalism and Public Relations Department Reception

     Friday, May 8 from 4:30 -5:30 p.m.

     Perez Hall

    Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your regalia for a photo opportunity with the faculty.

    jessica.blaylock@biola.edu

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • English Department Reception

     Thursday, April 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

     Caf Banquet Room

    Dinner will be provided, dress code is dressy casual, Students can RSVP by emailing the English Department with the subject line “ENGL Senior Banquet RSVP”.

    english.department@biola.edu

  • History and Political Science Department Reception

     Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

     Cafe Banquet Room

    An RSVP is required. Graduates will be sent an official invitation. Refreshments will be served. Bring your regalia for a department picture.

    monica.duenes@biola.edu

  • Philosophy Department Reception

     TBD

     TBD

    More information to come.

    philosophy.department@biola.edu

  • Sociology Department Reception

     Friday, May 8

     Mosaic Cultural Center

    Respond to the email invitation. Refreshments will be provided.

    myrna.paige@biola.edu

Talbot School of Theology

  • Biblical Studies Department Reception

     TBD

     TBD

    More information to come.

    cristina.l.malais@biola.edu

  • Christian Ministries Department Reception

     Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5 p.m.

     Cafeteria Banquet Room

    More information to come.

    cristina.l.malais@biola.edu

  • Talbot School of Theology Reception

     Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 9 p.m.

     Cafeteria Banquet Room

    More information to come.

    talbot.as.president@biola.edu

  • Talbot Baccalaureate Service

     Friday, May 8, 2020 at 2-4 p.m.

     Granada Heights Friends Church, 11818 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638

    More information to come.

    talbot.commencement@biola.edu

Looking for Fall 2020 Commencement?

Fall Commencement will take place on December 18, 2020. Additional details will be released during the fall semester.