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Ceremonies and Events

Main Ceremonies

Fall Commencement: Ceremony A

  • Friday, December 20, 2019 at 2 p.m.
  • Chase Gymnasium
  • School of Cinema and Media Arts
  • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • Rosemead School of Psychology
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Talbot School of Theology (including Apologetics)

Fall Commencement: Ceremony B

  • Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7 p.m.
  • Chase Gymnasium
  • Crowell School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts and Communication
  • School of Science, Technology and Health

Mandatory Rehearsal: Ceremony A

  • Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11 a.m.
  • Chase Gymnasium

Mandatory Rehearsal: Ceremony B

  • Friday, December 20, 2019 at 9 a.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

Time: Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m.

Location: Calvary Chapel 

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 Fall Class of 2019. 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

Time: Wednesday, December 18 from 7-9 p.m.

Location: Chase Gymnasium 

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

Graduates receive an invitation via email with event details.

Contact: 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

Time and Location TBD

Please see the Torrey Honors Institute Commencement webpage for more information.

Epsilon Kappa Epsilon Honors Ceremony and Reception

Time: Wednesday, December 18 at 6 p.m.

Location: Andrews Banquet Room 

An RSVP is required to attend. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony. Family and friends are invited to attend. Send an RSVP before December 6.

Contact: 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

    Time: Friday, December 20, immediately following Commencement Ceremony A

    Location: Marshburn Hall Lobby

    No RSVP is required. Refreshments will be provided.

    Contact: csicsgrad@biola.edu

  • Cook School of Intercultural Studies Dinner and Hooding Ceremony

    Time: Thursday, December 19 at 5 p.m.

    Location: Andrews Banquet Room

    An RSVP is required to attend.

    Contact: patti.colombo@biola.edu

School of Science, Technology and Health

  • Biological Sciences Department Reception

    Time: Friday, December 20 from 5-6 p.m.

    Location: Lim Center, First Floor, Biological Sciences Department Lobby

    An RSVP is not required to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Contact: amy.tan@biola.edu

  • Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department Reception

    Time and Location TBD

    Contact: peggy.giboney@biola.edu

  • Communication Science and Disorders Department Reception

    Time: Friday, December 20 at 3 p.m.

    Location: Dorothy English 64

    An RSVP is not required to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

    Contact: kelly.buzzetta@biola.edu

  • Kinesiology and Health Science Department Reception

    Time: Friday, December 20 at 5 p.m.

    Location: Kinesiology and Health Sciences Lobby, Lim Center, 2nd Floor

    An RSVP is not required to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. 

    Contact: KHS.Office@biola.edu

  • Math and Computer Science Department Reception

    A special luncheon will be held. Please contact Jerrianne Smith for more information.

    Contact: jerrianne.smith@biola.edu

  • MS-SLP Hooding Ceremony

    Time and Location TBD

    Contact: alicia.m.mccormick@biola.edu

  • Nursing Pinning Ceremony and Reception

    Time and Location TBD

    Contact: nursing.department@biola.edu

Rosemead School of Psychology

Events TBD.

Crowell School of Business

  • Crowell School of Business Reception

    A reception will be held in the Spring. Those graduating this Fall are invited to attend. Please contact Miki Gao for more information.

    Contact: miki.gao@biola.edu

  • MPAcc Graduation and Hooding Dinner

    Time: Monday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.

    Location: Billard Board Room, Crowell School of Business

    Personal invitations will be sent to graduates. And RSVP is required to attend. Business casual is requested. Please bring your cap and gown (regalia) for a group photo. Dinner will be provided.

    Contact: amanda.oakes@biola.edu

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

    Time: Monday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.

    Location: Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East

    An RSVP is required. RSVP to mba@biola.edu

    Contact: kayley.allen@biola.edu

School of Cinema and Media Arts

  • Cinema and Media Arts Department Reception

    Time: Friday, December 20, immediately following Commencement Ceremony A

    Location: Production Center

    No RSVP is required to attend. The event will be held outdoors.

    Contact: heather.grossman@biola.edu

School of Education

  • School of Education Masters Banquet and Hooding Ceremony

    Time: Wednesday, December 18 at 6 p.m.

    Location: Caf Banquet Room

    RSVP by Wednesday, December 11 to attend.

    Contact: kay.henry@biola.edu

  • Liberal Studies Department Reception

    Time: Wednesday, December 11 at 6 p.m.

    Location: Caf Banquet Room

    RSVP by Wednesday, December 4

    Contact: yvonne.yuen@biola.edu

School of Fine Arts and Communication

  • Art Department Reception

    Time and Location TBD

    Contact: art@biola.edu

  • Communication Studies Department Reception

    Time: Friday, December 20 at 2 p.m.

    Location: Emerson Hall, Back Patio

    An RSVP is required to attend using the following Communication Studies Reception RSVP Form. Light refreshments will be provided. The venue is located outdoors.

    Contact: amy.s.lee@biola.edu

  • Conservatory of Music Reception

    Time: Friday, December 20 from 9-10:30 p.m.

    Location: Crowell Annex Courtyard

    An RSVP is required to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Contact: jessica.hong@biola.edu

  • Media, Journalism and Public Relations Department Reception

    Time: Friday, December 20 from 4:15-5:15 p.m.

    Location: Perez Hall

    No RSVP is required. Light Refreshments will be provided. Please wear your regalia to the event.

    Contact: jessica.blaylock@biola.edu

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Talbot School of Theology

  • Biblical Studies Department Reception

    Time: Friday, December 20 (immediately following 2 p.m. commencement ceremony)

    Location: 2nd floor Talbot East lobby and garden

    Contact: cristina.l.malais@biola.edu

  • Christian Ministries Department Reception

    Time: Thursday, December 19 at 12:30–2 p.m.

    Location: Cafe Banquet Room

    *The lunch is by invitation and RSVP only.

    Contact: cristina.l.malais@biola.edu

  • Talbot School of Theology Reception

    Time: Friday, December 20 at 4 p.m.

    Location: Andrews Banquet Room

    Contact: talbot.as.president@biola.edu

  • Talbot Baccalaureate Service

    Time: Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m.

    Location: Sutherland Auditorium

    Contact: talbot.commencement@biola.edu

Looking for Spring Commencement?

Spring Commencement will take place May 8–9, 2020. Additional details will be released during the spring semester.