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Commencement Day

Ceremony Information

In order to accommodate all of our graduating students and their family and friends, Biola’s Spring 2024 Commencement will include two ceremonies on the Metzger Lawn.

Ceremony A on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 7 p.m. will include academic programs for bachelor’s master’s, doctoral degrees and credentials for:

  • Cook School of Intercultural Studies
  • Crowell School of Business
  • School of Science, Technology and Health
  • Rosemead School of Psychology

Ceremony B on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7 p.m. will include academic programs for bachelor’s master’s, doctoral degrees and credentials for:

  • School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts and Communication
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts
  • Talbot School of Theology

 A Livestream link will be posted on the main commencement page on the day of the ceremonies.

Rehearsal (Mandatory)

Commencement rehearsals are mandatory and regalia must be worn. During the rehearsal, you will be given instructions on when and in what order to line up in preparation for the ceremony. Guests are not allowed in the staging area. Please note the following rehearsal times for each ceremony:

  • Ceremony A Rehearsal: Friday, May 3, 2024 at 6 p.m. (Chase Gymnasium)
  • Ceremony B Rehearsal: Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 6 p.m. (Chase Gymnasium)

Guest Arrival Time

We recommend your guests arrive when the doors open, one-hour before the ceremony starts, to claim their seats. All seating is on a first come, first ushered basis. Please ensure that you have distributed your tickets to your friends and family prior to your ceremony line-up time.

Graduation Attire

You will need to arrive in your Biola University cap and gown to the ceremony. Business casual attire is to be worn beneath your gown.

Seating Assignments

Each student will have an assigned seat during the commencement ceremony. You will receive an email with your seating assignment prior to commencement rehearsal.

Personal Items

Please leave your larger personal items with your friends and family. There will not be a place to hold your belongings and we are not responsible if your items are misplaced. Please plan accordingly. Only bring what is necessary and can easily be carried on your person.


At Commencement, you will receive your diploma cover. Diplomas will be mailed to you at a later date. For more information, view post-graduation resources.


  • All parking spaces throughout campus are available, except for parking lots A and B which are reserved for our guests needing accessible parking.
  • A parking permit is not required for this event.
  • Lots S and K are parking structures near the commencement ceremony. 
  • Please display a state-issued placard when parking in designated accessible parking areas.
  • Campus Map

Accessible Accommodations

If you or someone you know needs additional accommodations on the day of commencement, please have them check-in at the main gate (#7) so they could park Lots A & B. Accessible seating is available on a first-come, first-served bases on Metzger lawn. University Events would love to do everything possible to ensure your experience is smooth and enjoyable.



Interested in purchasing flower bouquets, leis or t-shirts? Save time and money by placing a pre-order with The Commencement Group and enjoy a convenient pick up on commencement day! They will be located in front of the Fluor Fountain and the Lim building. Orchid leis and bouquets for graduates will be available for purchase on campus. Graduates are encouraged to wear their leis on stage and in pictures.

Photography and Videography Policy


  • You are welcome to photograph and videotape the ceremony from your seat, but please be courteous to those around you. You may not take photographs or selfies as you walk across the stage. This is to ensure the ceremony continues uninterrupted. 
  • GradImages will be the official photographer for your commencement ceremony. Your photographs will be available online for viewing and ordering as soon as possible. There is no obligation to purchase, and free photo proofs will be sent in as little as 72 hours after your event.
  • For more information, visit the Grad Images website. If you have questions about your commencement photos or need help ordering, please contact Grad Images directly: or (800) 261-2576.


Biola's professional film crew will be present to capture video of the graduation ceremonies and will produce a digital download of the special day that will be posted on Biola's YouTube page.