Accessible accommodations are available for guests with disabilities attending the commencement ceremonies. Please refer to the services below for more information.
- Parking is available in Lot A as well as throughout the campus.
- Please display a state-issued placard when parking in accessible parking areas. Campus Safety officers will direct guests to designated parking.
- For guests with mobility issues, Biola Campus Safety will be available to provide transportation to the venue. Please call (562) 903-6000 on the day of commencement to arrange pick-up and drop-off.
- Guests may also be dropped off near the venue.
- Please see the commencement map for additional information.
In the venue, accessible seating is reserved exclusively for guests with accessible needs and their companion. Accessible seating is available to those guests who use wheelchairs, those who use other mobility devices, and who cannot climb steps or walk long distances because of significant arthritis or severe respiratory, circulatory, or cardiac conditions. Individuals who, because of their disability, cannot sit in a straight-back chair or those whose service dogs cannot fit under a non-accessible seat or lie safely in the aisle are also permitted to use accessible seats.
Due to space constraints, our guests needing to sit in this area may only be accompanied by one additional guest. This is to ensure that all guests requiring accessible seating may do so. Please ask any commencement staff member for assistance.
Wheelchairs and Electric Conveyance Vehicles (ECV)
- Biola University does not provide or have available wheelchairs or electric conveyance vehicles (ECVs).
- Our venue is accessible for our guests utilizing mobility aids.
- Due to fire regulations, our aisles must remain clear. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.
- We value all our guests with disabilities, and we welcome service animals. A service animal is defined as any dog or miniature horse trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
- Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animals at all times and should keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.
- The care or supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of his or her owner.
- A service animal will not be permitted at the ceremony if the animal's behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. If a service animal displays vicious behavior toward others, the owner will be asked to leave with the animal.
Emotional Support Animals
Biola University welcomes emotional support animals. However, if the animal's behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, the owner will be asked to leave with the animal.
Services for Guests with Hearing Disabilities
Biola provides real time captioning of the ceremony in several ways.
- Guests may access captions from any seat via a web browser on their mobile phone or tablet (cellular data recommended as Wi-Fi may be limited).
- Designated seating with caption ready monitors are also available in the venue.
- Additionally, closed captions will be available on our live stream on biola.edu/commencement.
Assistive Listening Devices
For guests with mild to moderate hearing loss, assistive listening devices are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a device. Any of our commencement staff will be happy to assist you at the ceremony as well. Guests will be asked to leave a valid form of identification, such as a driver's license, as a deposit on commencement day.