Steps to Graduate

Step 1: Approval to Graduate

Are you approved to graduate?

The information below will give you the basic information you need before commencement day! If you are not approved to graduate yet, make sure to contact the Registrar.

Undergraduate Students

In order to be placed on the graduation list, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Turn in your graduation petition.
  2. Meet with your graduation counselor.
  3. Passed your academic department's Writing Competency Requirement.
  4. Have all transcripts from other schools, substitution forms, etc. on record in the Office of the Registrar.

See Undergraduate Student Graduation Requirements

Graduate Students

As a graduate student, you must complete the following one year or one semester prior to graduation:

  1. For all schools except for Talbot — you must meet with your academic advisor and receive approval to graduate, prior to meeting with a graduation counselor.
  2. Meet with a graduate graduation counselor in the Office of the Registrar.
  3. Petitions must be turned in by the last day to add courses (of the semester the student is enrolled in) to avoid the late charge.
  4. Your worksheet, substitution forms and transcripts must be approved a semester before graduation.

See Graduate Student Graduation Requirements

Step 2: Claim Commencement Tickets

Once you are approved to graduate by the registrar and have completed all degree requirements, you will be able to claim your tickets.

Complimentary Tickets

  • Graduates will receive complimentary tickets to distribute to their guests for seating at the ceremony.
  • An email with a link to the ticket request form will be sent to each graduate’s Biola email address.
  • Request the complimentary tickets needed for your guests on the form. Please fill out the online ticket request form before November 30, 2018.
  • Tickets will be sent via email to all graduating students’ Biola email addresses. Tickets will open in PDF format once you click on the link provided in the email, each with a unique barcode. Graduates are instructed to distribute tickets to their guests in digital or printed form. For ease of distributing tickets to your guests, we recommend using the Walletini app. Through this app you can transfer tickets to any of your guests who also have an account. This is the easiest and quickest way to share tickets with your guests.
  • Guests will be asked to show tickets for entrance into the ceremony, but do not reserve a specific seat. All seating is available on a first come, first ushered basis.
  • All guests are required to have a ticket to enter the commencement ceremony, except for children who will sit on the lap of another guest and do not require their own seat. Tickets can be shown on a mobile device or on a printed hard copy to be scanned in.
  • As we get closer to the commencement ceremonies if tickets become available they can be purchased by the public. Please continue to check our website for any updates regarding tickets. For those unable to attend, a live internet feed of the ceremonies will be available from the Biola homepage,
  • The Ticket Sales Team will facilitate commencement ticket distribution. Please contact the Ticket Sales Team with questions:
(562) 906-4510 ext. 4510

Step 3: Final Details

1. Purchase a Cap and Gown

You can order caps, gowns and invitations at the following locations:

    • Grad Finale
      • Time and date to be determined
      • Grad Finale is a convenient and the ideal time for you to purchase various commencement material.
    • Biola Store
      • If you are not able to attend Grad Finale you may purchase your items after Grad Finale at the Biola Store. For questions regarding cap and gown purchases, please contact the Biola Store Manager at

If you are interested in purchasing flower bouquets or leis, Graduation Day Flowers allows family and friends to save time by placing a pre-order. Students and guests who place a pre-order will enjoy convenient pick up on commencement day. Shop now to benefit from promotional pricing. Students are encouraged to wear their leis on stage and in pictures.

2. 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.

3. Attend Rehearsal (Mandatory)

Commencement rehearsals are mandatory. Please note the following rehearsal times for each ceremony:

    • Commencement Ceremony A — 2 p.m.
    • Rehearsal 11:00 a.m.
    • Commencement Ceremony B — 7 p.m.
    • Rehearsal 9:00 a.m.