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Graduate Tributes

Congratulations, Biola graduates!

Commencement may be postponed, but this won’t keep us from celebrating you, our accomplished graduates. This season is a time to recognize and honor your academic and spiritual journey while at Biola University. Though we can’t gather together in person to celebrate this momentous occasion, those who have been with you from the beginning, middle and end — your deans and professors — want to congratulate you and share words of wisdom.

To All Graduates

  • These times of uncertainty are fertile grounds for our spiritual growth and I pray that you are able to take full advantage. I pray that you harvest a bounty of worship and faith, whose worth is beyond measure. May you be strengthened during this time in order to comprehend the great, great love that Jesus has for each and every one of you.
    — Shane Enete
  • Love in Christ.
    — Professor Henderson
  • Congratulations on your graduation! I trust that God will continue to guide your futures as you are sent forth from Biola, going out into the world to fulfill God's calling for you and to make an impact for our Lord Jesus Christ! May God bless you! Shalom.
    — Grace Lew
  • You have worked so hard and for so many years! Your diligence and faithfulness to your callings, and God's faithfulness to you, has brought you all to this moment. We rejoice with you, even though at the moment we can't physically be with you! Blessings on the next steps in your life.
    — Dr. Liz Hall
  • Graduation constitutes one of the important rites of passage in our society. You are graduating from Biola, after having received Christian education through truth, testimony, and transformation. I lament with you not being able to smile, see your outfits and flowers, take pictures together, witness your hugs, tears of joy, and other expressions of emotions that social distancing makes impossible today. My favorite part is to see your family members, especially parents and grandparents. Graduation is a culmination moment for Intergenerational solidarity. Generations come together to celebrate this achievement. I pray for you, your future, your families, and all the lives that you have touched and continue to inspire by your faith and courage. Graduating from Biola is a statement, a culmination of a step of faith. I’m incredibly proud of you for taking that step and persevering.
    — Laura Dryjanska
  • Congratulations! I am proud of you and excited about what you will be doing with and for the Lord in your professional careers. Time to celebrate!
    — Wlamir Xavier
  • May you continue to see the hand of God moving in incredible ways as his people call upon his name, humble themselves and pray. If God is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8) You serve a mighty God. He has a special plan for each of you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a future and a hope.” 
    — Lammy Henderson
  • Congratulations Graduates!
    I am saddened not to be able to celebrate this occasion with you in person. Even so, this does not diminish the sacrifices you have made, nor my pride and joy in knowing that you have completed your degree.
    I look forward to when we can all be together to celebrate your accomplishments. My prayer for you is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Our Lord knows the future, and He has made good plans for you, and in this, you can take hope!
    Blessings,
    — Dr. Stacy Eltiti
  • Dear graduates, while we must wait to be able to celebrate in person, I sincerely congratulate you on your accomplishments and reaching this important milestone. You've worked so hard to get here and we are so proud of you. Congratulations!
    — Dr. Christina L. Kim
  • Many congratulations to all the graduates this year! What a bizarre way to end your time at Biola. Please remember that we are a community that loves and supports you as you go, and come back and see us when you can! Go with God's peace.
    — Dr. Janelle Aijian
  • My hope for you: REMEMBER God isn’t intimidated by whatever you’re feeling. His TIMING is perfect. Don’t settle. Growing is not the same as settling. Being a person of hope is an attribute of the mature. BE READY to have an answer for those who mean well, but ask questions undermining your confidence in this transitional time. Come up with an answer that builds bridges and honors what you’ve learned. It's okay to THINK "in semesters" for the first year after school. Pursue MENTORSHIP. You don’t need to know everything; you are still a student of life! Sincerely,
    — Dr. Arianna Molloy
  • The state of the world today is such that we cannot (yet) celebrate your college accomplishments by holding a formal commencement service where you march across the platform to receive your diploma. Nevertheless, the current state of the world does not hold you back from graduating from Biola. In a very real sense, you are commencing from your baccalaureate degree and marching on to the next adventures the Lord has in store for you. As much as this situation has surprised us, it was no surprise to the Lord. Stay close to Him; He knows the way through.
    — Doug Huffman
  • Congratulations Grads!! I know it wasn't what you expected or dreamed, but please do not take this accomplishment lightly. It is a HUGE accomplishment. Something my sister wrote to me on my graduation day..." it may not seem like a big deal now, but it's something you will carry with you the rest of your life." May the celebrations happen anytime, anywhere because we are celebrating YOU! May the next steps be made known to you & may you always endure with the joy of his presence. Psalm 16:11, "...in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
    — Lindsay Sehi
  • I am honored to have served the 2020 graduates as a professor, a mentor, and a Biola staffer during your time here. As you go out into the great big world, I am praying that you will continue to trust the Lord in all things that you do.
    — Bob Mancini
  • Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment in your life. Keep in mind that commencement is not ending but rather a beginning. BIOLA has simply been a stopping point along the path that the Lord has laid out for you. As you continue to take the next steps in front of you, keep your eyes on Jesus, set your minds on things above, and live for things that are eternal, storing up your treasure in heaven. May you know the Lord's presence each step of the way!
    — David Talley
  • Dear Graduates,
    The faculty and staff are so proud of you for all the accomplishments you have earned and we are saddened and are grieving that we cannot see you in your cap and gown and hood for those graduate students. Know that we love you, praying for you and we cannot wait to honor and celebrate you as you will participate in all the pomp and circumstance you have earned! Congrats class of 2020! 
    — Jonathan Joyce
  • Congratulations graduates! I was in your shoes just a couple of years ago after a six year journey. I just want to exhort you to forge ahead. Your degree holds great potential and a ton of possibilities. Remember that you aren't limited by your degree as well. All of your knowledge in this discipline you graduated with can be applied to life in general. Go bring your unique presence in Christ to whatever sphere you are placed in. I want to say a lot but it's hard to pack what I want to say in bite sized format so I will just end with this: I love you, Biola loves you, and the Father loves you.
    — Brian Glaze
  • Congratulations, graduates! You have worked so hard for this day, and it is truly an achievement to hit this milestone in your education. I pray God's blessings upon you as you enter into this new chapter of your lives.
    — Dr. John Poston

Cook School of Intercultural Studies

  • To: The Spring 2020 Cook School of Intercultural Studies Graduating Class
    Cook graduates, the Cook faculty and staff rejoice with you and your family for the successful completion of your studies. Go out as Christ's ambassadors, God is making his appeal through you, to entrusting you with the message of reconciling the world to him.
    — Bulus Galadima

    Dear Graduates,
    Congratulations! It has been a joy for me to have a small part in your education here at Cook. I know some of you have faced significant obstacles during your years with us, and by God's grace you have come to this point, having completed all the requirements for your degrees. I pray that many people will come to Christ and that churches will be strengthened as you minister in Jesus' name in various cultural contexts throughout the world.
    In His grace,
    — Dr. Tom Sappington

  • To: All M.A. TESOL Graduates
    It was a joy to have you in classes and to learn from you. Jackie, Marie, Stella, Angela, Cari, and Rebecca, I'm so proud of all of you! Keep in touch. May God bless you as you continue to use what you've learned to impact others. Congratulations! Matt. 5:16
    — Michael Lessard-Clouston
  • To: Ph.D. Graduates from CSICS
    Dear Graduates, This is probably not how you expected to graduate! Nevertheless, you've done excellent work and have earned the highest degree. It has been a pleasure to learn with you over these last few years in our program. God's richest blessings to you as you follow his plans for the next steps in your journeys.
    Dr. Leanne Dzubinski
  • To: All M.A. TESOL, M.A. AL, & M.A. LAL Programs
    Congratulations! I am so happy for you! As you are now starting a new chapter in your life, I pray that the hand of the Lord is with you, as he has always been. May He guide your steps as you seek Him for His direction! May He lead you to abundance despite many uncertainties ahead of you! May He enlarge your territories in language teaching, Bible translation, or linguistic services! May He use you in a mighty way to impact the community you serve! My prayers are always with you! God bless!
    — John Liang
  • To: Sabrina Williamson
    What a pleasure having you all as students in the Torrey Honors Institute. Your intelligence, hard work and wonderful dispositions were a constant source of joy and you will be missed. Though we cannot celebrate together in person, at least not yet, please know that I am proud of you all and pray for your future. May it be rich and rewarding and may you make a real difference in the world and in the Church. Please take all that you have learned at Torrey and Biola into your future studies and careers, and make us proud. Happy graduation!
    — Greg Peters
  • To: Caleb Aymett
    Caleb, I remember when I first met you on campus about linguistics several years ago. And now here you are graduating. I'm glad I had the chance to get to know you better in Intercultural Communication this spring. I wish you all the best as you graduate. May God lead you as you look for a job. I expect you'll put your ICS and Torrey studies to good use! Congratulations! Matt. 5:16
    — Michael Lessard-Clouston

    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor, Profesora Reyes.
    — Itzel Reyes
  • To: Emily Isaac
    Emily, I'm glad you were in my Intro to TESOL class. Blessings on whatever is next for you!
    — Kitty Purgason
  • To: Lauren Palmbach
    Lauren, it was good to have you in my Intro to TESOL class. I know your plans have been disrupted, but I trust that your original hopes will be fulfilled in the near future and that what is next in the immediate term will be good.
    —Kitty Purgason 
  • To: Nathan Duhh
    Congrats on your MA AL, Nathan! May the Lord use you and your degree to further His Kingdom purposes in PNG and beyond.
    — Kitty Purgason

    You're done! And this time it's legit! Congratulations! May you rejoice in this accomplishment as you await the right timing to return to PNG and put it all to good use.
    — Michael Lessard-Clouston
  • To: Paul H. Lu
    Congrats on your MA AL, Paul! May the Lord use you and your degree to further His Kingdom purposes. I hope to celebrate in person at some point in the future.
    — Kitty Purgason

    You did it! I remember when we met at two different Cook info. nights, and you were interested in TESOL. Well, here you are done with your MA AL, having done some TESOL as part of that. It was a delight to have you in class and to get to know you these last several years. May God lead you and help you use your training for His honor and glory!
    — Michael Lessard-Clouston
  • To: Jackie Brosius
    Congrats on your MA TESOL, Jackie! May the Lord use you and your degree to further His Kingdom purposes. Please keep in touch.
    — Kitty Purgason
  • To: Marie Chiara
    Congrats on your MA TESOL, Marie! May the Lord use you and your degree to further His Kingdom purposes. I hope to celebrate in person at some point in the future.
    — Kitty Purgason
  • To: Stella Meng Yang
    Congrats on your MA TESOL, Stella! May the Lord use you and your degree to further His Kingdom purposes.
    — Kitty Purgason
  • To: Angela Park
    Congrats on your MA TESOL, Angela! May the Lord use you and your degree to further His Kingdom purposes.
    — Kitty Purgason
  • To: Cari Robertson
    Congrats on your MA TESOL, Cari! May the Lord use you and your degree to further His Kingdom purposes.
    — Kitty Purgason
  • To: Rebecca Stinson
    Congrats on your MA TESOL, Rebecca! May the Lord use you and your degree to further His Kingdom purposes.
    — Kitty Purgason
  • To: Elisia Belisle-Sanchez
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor, Profesora Reyes.
    — Itzel Reyes
  • To: Lisa Reimann; Katherine Priebe
    Dear Lisa & Kat: congratulations, you made it! You two are special to me because you were in my First-Year Seminar and you are the first from that batch to reach this milestone of graduation. I know these circumstances are not what you hoped for or expected, but I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished. Both of you have such wonderful temperaments, you are intelligent and kind, you are adventurous and bold, and you seek the Lord in all you do. I pray for you to go into the future and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses to the end of the earth. God's got your back!
    — Allen Yeh
  • To: Samuel Svensson & Cleofaye Uy
    You are graduating with your MA LAL! So pleased for you. May God bless you and lead you in your next steps. Congrats! Matt. 5:16
    — Michael Lessard-Clouston
  • To: Mike Mason, Connie Rasilim & Jason Miller
    It was a privilege to serve on your dissertation committees. Great work on your research! May God guide you and give you grace and strength for your teaching, leadership, and other ministries. Thanks for being "Doctors of the Church."
    — Kevin Lawson

School of Science, Technology and Health

  • To: The Spring 2020 Nursing Graduates!
    Hello, Nursing Class of 2020 you all have made it to the end of your undergraduate nursing education. I will continue to pray for you as you continue in your preparations for NCLEX and secure your first nursing position! I know you are all going to be incredible nurses and look forward to seeing and hearing where the Lord calls you. Great job on completing this part of your journey especially in the midst of COVID-19. Be assured - "The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it!" 1 Thessalonians 5:24.
    — Dr. Rachel

    Congratulations! Your hard work for the past 4.5 years produced a wonderful fruit as BSN prepared RN candidates! The Spring 2020 semester was particularly a challenging one but you all overcame the hard obstacle. You were all called by God to be a nurse to serve people who need you. With God's grace and provision, you are now ready to leave Biola Nursing. Truly happy for all of you. Thank you for being our students in the Department of Nursing. The very best future is waiting for you!
    — Dr. Akiko Kobayashi

    Congratulations on completing your BSN. Tremendous job! From that first step into the college classroom to the many steps, you have taken in the clinical settings the Lord has guided your journey and He will continue to do so. Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Know how much your work will be cherished as you demonstrate love, compassion, spiritual support and clinical skills combined with the practical wisdom essential when caring for those in need. It has been a joy and a blessing to be your professor. With love,
    — Dr. Bacon

    Dear Nursing Grads, We are so proud of you! You have worked hard the entire program, and have persevered through unique challenges this final semester. You have pressed on to acknowledge God and have seen His provision. You have sought His face while on this journey. Going forward, look back to remember these altars of His presence. Continue to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him as you enter this new chapter as professional RNs. You are dearly loved! XO
    — Professor Flores
  • To: Amara Armstrong
    What a pleasure having you all as students in the Torrey Honors Institute. Your intelligence, hard work and wonderful dispositions were a constant source of joy and you will be missed. Though we cannot celebrate together in person, at least not yet, please know that I am proud of you all and pray for your future. May it be rich and rewarding and may you make a real difference in the world and in the Church. Please take all that you have learned at Torrey and Biola into your future studies and careers, and make us proud. Happy graduation!
    — Greg Peters
  • To: April Kim
    It has been a huge blessing knowing you these last four years. In Gen Chem, I knew you to be a quiet hard-working student. Over the years, you have become a vivacious woman after God’s heart with a desire to serve Him. As you go from Biola, praying for the Lord to continue to be your compass and your guiding light. The Lord will never leave nor forsake you, He is your Good Shepherd. May you experience His Shalom every day of your life. Congratulations! Love and blessings in Christ.
    — Dr. Lu 
  • To: Boyden Myers
    You are diligent, you take charge and accept responsibility. The Lord has endowed you with many gifts and talents. May you continue walking with Him, going where He leads you, as you seek Him with your whole heart. Praying that the Lord continues to be your compass and your guiding light, illuminated by His Word. He is the one who speaks calmly in the midst of the storm. May you experience His Shalom every day of your life. Congratulations again! Love and blessings in Christ.
    — Dr. Lu

    Dear Boyden,
    After working together for several years, our relationship ended abruptly with my time in Hawaii, then the COVID situation. I have learned that all my plans can account for nothing. I know that your faith is strong. You have always been such an encouragement to me. This semester isn't ending as you had planned, yet in God's economy, it is ending the best way. Congratulations on your graduation, may God set your feet upon a rock in a secure place. Blessings.
    — Professor Baggett
  • To: Soowon Hwang
    You are brave and can accept a challenge. These last years have been difficult, but you have faced them, you have overcome, you have triumphed. Thank you for showing us all those difficult things can be done. As you go from Biola, may the Lord continue to show you new adventures. Be reminded that He is the Great I AM, able to accomplish anything. All things are possible through Christ! May His joy be your strength. Congratulations again. Love and blessings in Christ.
    — Dr. Lu

    Dear Ester,
    I still remember when you were in my Chem 107 class — Spring 2017. You had one of the highest scores, Ioved chemistry, and had a cheery smile. You seemed to disappear after that; then I got to work with you for the last year. I'm sure this isn't the dream ending to your undergraduate education, but in God's economy, it is His best. As you go forward, look for "the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." He will continue to guide your steps. Congrats.
    — Professor Baggett
  • To: Jordan Collier
    What a privilege to get to know you better this year! Thankful to the Lord for you, and for the signs and wonders that He has done in your life. You have worked hard and accomplished much in your time at Biola. My joy is complete in that He has given you the desire of your heart. May you experience His love, blessing, and the fullness of His presence each and every day! May you flourish in every place where the Lord plants you. Congratulations again! Love and blessings in Christ.
    — Dr. Lu
  • To: Taryn Conwell
    Taryn! Congrats! Happy Graduation. It has been a gift to walk with you on your Biola journey and to see the ways you grew in confidence and your voice. You offer so much beauty and love to this world and I am excited to see the adventures of grad school and crafting ahead of you. Keep seeking the face of Jesus and His Kingdom! I love you and am proud of you.
    — Sarah Brown
  • To: Jessica Callen
    Congratulations on your graduation!!! You were such a joy to work with as a PIA this year and you blessed the CD staff, STH cohort, PIA team, and the Lim Center with your tireless positivity and joy. I know there are great things in store for you in the future. May God bless you abundantly as you trust and follow Him. Miss you already!!!
    — Heather Martin
  • To: Blake Bell
    Blakey! I could not be more proud of who you have become over your time at Biola. I have had the privilege of watching your journey from even BEFORE Biola, and the growth you've experienced in literally every area of your life is something to be proud of. I cannot wait to see what God has for you next. You are a treasure, and your face popping into my office will be SO missed. Proud of you kiddo.
    — Heather Davenport

  • To: Chantelle Barlow
    Although we haven't been able to keep as much in touch, you have always been in our thoughts. Travis often speaks about you and he going to visit Mrs. Davis! I know that you were important to his acceptance at Meadowgreen; your support continued on to jr. high and high school. We will always think of you fondly. Congratulations on completing your Nursing requirements. We will be praying as you take your State Boards. I know that you will be a blessing to every patient that you come in contact with. Trust in the Lord and He will guide you. Proverbs 3:5-6. Love,
    — Tammy & Travis Appleford

Rosemead School of Psychology

  • To: All Rosemead School of Psychology Graduates
    Congratulations on all you have accomplished! I look forward to celebrating with you all in person, but for now, know how proud we are of you. Take care, and enjoy this achievement. Dr. Anderson
    — Tamara Anderson

    To all you Rosemead grads out there,
    Congrats on this great achievement and milestone in your life! I have enjoyed having each one of you in class starting with Anthro. You have worked hard and persevered through a very difficult program and you have earned this degree. We are all proud of you!
    — Dr. Todd Hall

  • To: Rosemead M.A, Ph.D., Psy.D in Clinical Psychology Graduates
    Congratulations on your achievement!
    — Nancy Crawford
  • To: Kayla Starr
    What a pleasure having you all as students in the Torrey Honors Institute. Your intelligence, hard work and wonderful dispositions were a constant source of joy and you will be missed. Though we cannot celebrate together in person, at least not yet, please know that I am proud of you all and pray for your future. May it be rich and rewarding and may you make a real difference in the world and in the Church. Please take all that you have learned at Torrey and Biola into your future studies and careers, and make us proud. Happy graduation!
    — Greg Peters
  • To: Amelia Vance
    What a pleasure having you all as students in the Torrey Honors Institute. Your intelligence, hard work and wonderful dispositions were a constant source of joy and you will be missed. Though we cannot celebrate together in person, at least not yet, please know that I am proud of you all and pray for your future. May it be rich and rewarding and may you make a real difference in the world and in the Church. Please take all that you have learned at Torrey and Biola into your future studies and careers, and make us proud. Happy graduation!
    — Greg Peters
  • To: Shekinah Lumahan; Landon Soto; Yoen Kyung Kim; Jean Yoo; Nicole Strickler
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor.
    — Profesora Itzel Reyes
  • To: Andi Johnson
    Congratulations on your graduation!!! You were such a joy to work with as a PIA this year and you blessed the CD staff, your cohorts, PIA team, and the Psychology major with your positivity and steadfastness. I know there are great things in store for you in the future. May God bless you abundantly as you trust and follow Him. Miss you already!!!
    — Heather Martin

  • To: Nestor Melgar
    Congratulations Nestor!! I am SO grateful that God allowed us to spend this last year with you! It is so special to have been able to hear of the journey you have been on since being at Biola and to hear of the faithfulness of God to lead you where you are now. As you enter into this next season, I have no doubt that you will continue to see God's faithfulness poured out over you. I cannot wait to see just what that looks like. I am so proud of you Nestor!
    — Heather Davenport
  • To: Alexis Barajas
    Alexis, congratulations on finishing your degree at Biola! It's been a joy following your journey over the past few years, and the day has finally come to celebrate. Praying God's blessings on you as you start your next journey of an MSW degree!
    — Jamie Sommerville

Crowell School of Business

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business Graduating Class
    Hello Business Grads! Congratulations on getting to this huge milestone!

    For some, you have battled anxiety, uncertainty, depression, tragedy, disapproval from others, pressures the rest of us can't even begin to imagine, in order to get to this moment. For some, your journey may have been fraught with other obstacles, not knowing your next steps or how to take them, and you have made it to the top of the mountain by your efforts and God's power. How I wish we could celebrate such triumphs with a grand send-off and intentional community.

    As we are separated, I hope you have still felt our love extending to you across the air, across endless streams of data, across phone lines, and across prayers. We at Crowell are so proud of each of you for taking such a difficult situation in stride and not losing sight of the finish line. It is okay to doubt, to have questions, to be upset. Cast all of these on God, He is big enough to take them on and be your peace.

    We know that the next steps are as clear as mud, and your bravery to take one at a time is an accomplishment in its own right. Know that we are here for you and with you in the long haul, even after your steps have carried you far away from us and from Biola. We are in your corner always and are happy to help in whatever way we can. Be strong and courageous as you take each step forward, holding nothing back as you spread your wings and take your first flight.

    Congratulations, class of 2020! May your future be blessed by light and love from Light and Love. Though you may feel anxious, fear, and confusion, continue to lean on the One who is a firm foundation, who clothes the fields and gives us shelter, the one who knows your future even as it is hidden from you. Lean on Him, let Him be your peace. May the world be blessed by Him through you. We love you!
    — Miki Gao
  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business Graduating Class
    Dear graduating seniors from the Crowell School of Business,
    I want each of you to know that I am praying for you all. It has been my honor during this strange and challenging time to work with you all individually and in your Strat teams to finish Strat presentations. I'm so impressed by the way teams have come together, functioned virtually and have delivered such high-quality recommendations to the companies we've been studying together. I want everyone to know that so many of the mentors and advisory board members that serve as panelists have reached out to me saying that they greatly miss Strat presentations and that they are praying for you. In Him.
    — Dr. Nick

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business Graduating Class
    Congratulations Students on an incredible journey - You have been a blessing to the Crowell School of Business and we know great stories await you as you move on from our classroom to the boardrooms of America and beyond. Go Get'em!
    — Les Harman

    Congratulations to all graduates from the Crowell School of Business! May God bless you as you leave this place and change the world for Him.
    —Professor Bourgeois

    Hello CSB Students, We are so honored to be celebrating you this week. I know this isn't the way you thought it would happen, however, we look forward to being able to host you in the weeks to come to celebrate your commitment and effort that you have put into earning your degree over these last years. We are so proud of you. Please know that we have been praying for you over these last few months and will continue to do so.
    Sincerely,
    — Beth Starr

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business Management Graduates
    Dear Crowell School of Business Management Concentration Class of 2020, Congratulations on your outstanding achievement! You have embraced the changes of the COVID 19 pandemic as an opportunity, not a threat. Thank you so much for your resilience and grit over the final weeks of the semester. As you leave Biola and launch your careers, here are my final thoughts to prepare you for the world of work.

    First, if you skated through school, know that you’re in trouble if you don’t find a way to discover a new work ethic. And if you didn’t do as well as you wish you had but you learned to push yourself and work your tail off, rest assured that you are well-prepared.

    Second, and I know you’ve heard this over and over from me, social skills and emotional intelligence are vastly more important than test scores and IQ. If your college experience taught you how to interact with others in a thoughtful, appropriate way, and you’ve learned how your words and actions impact others, then you’re way ahead of the game.

    Finally, and this is most important of all, you should be coming out of college a lot humbler than when you went in. If you understand that you are not the center of the universe and that the people who served your food in the Caf are just as important as the Dean of the Business School, then you’re going to have a big advantage over peers who believe that their achievement and pedigree make them more interesting and worthy of attention than others. In summary, if you want to be a valuable employee, team member and leader in your future organizations, the assets that you want to acquire and nurture more than any other are a strong work ethic, emotional intelligence and humility. Those characteristics are your ticket to a successful career. And they’ll serve you well in life, too. All the best!
    —Professor McHugh

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business MBA Graduates
    Congratulations to the Crowell School of Business 2020 graduates! Thank you for your resilience and grit as you finished up your MBA program during the disruptions of the COVID-19 crisis. As you move forward in your careers, help your organizations succeed in the short term and long term by ensuring:
    1. Everyone understands why the organization exists.
    2. A clear and small set of behavioral values has been defined and embraced by the organization.
    3. The organization has articulated a strategy that defines success and differentiates from its competitors.
    4. The leadership team has communicated a current goal that creates a collective sense of ownership and a rallying cry for all.
    5. Roles and responsibilities are crystal clear in the organization to implement the strategy. 
    Continue to embrace change as an opportunity and not a threat and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.
    —Prof. McHugh

    You have earned your degree to impact businesses & society for Christ, practicing business as your calling and ministry. As you go out from Biola University equipped as servant leaders, we commission you with the counter-cultural words of Jesus, “whoever wants to become great among you must first become your servant…”, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. Congratulations to you and your families who have supported you in your studies.
    —Dr. Gary Lindblad

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business Analytics Concentration Graduates
    Congratulations to all of our Business Analytics students! Your skills and abilities are so needed right now. You will help organizations large and small make better decisions and provide insights for long-term strategy. I pray for God's hand on all of you as you launch into your careers. Good luck and please keep in touch.
    —Professor Bourgeois

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business MBA & Master of Management Graduates
    Congratulations MBA & Master of Management graduates! It's been a pleasure watching all of you start and now complete your degrees. I'm so proud of you and the sacrifices you made to get here. You are officially a Crowell alum!
    —Kayley Allen

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business Marketing Management Graduates
    Congratulations, Marketing Management Graduates! Although it’s not how we thought it would end, it’s always an adventure to see how God works when life veers from our plan. His creativity is not just in the color & beauty we see around us, but it’s in HOW He orchestrates our lives. It will be different for each of you. Listen well to His prompting. He is untraditional & NOTHING is out of His reach. Persevere when things take longer than your timetable prefers. Trust in the timekeeper, the creator of time. May you walk well before God, fully pleasing to Him, all your days. 
    —Prof Mgrdichian

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business Master of Management Graduates
    To Master of Management: Non-Profit Organizations graduates,
    You have earned your degree to impact society for Christ, practicing management as your calling and ministry. As you go out from Biola University equipped as servant leaders, we commission you with the counter-cultural words of Jesus, “whoever wants to become great among you must first become your servant…”, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. Congratulations to you and your families who have supported you in your studies.
    —Dr. Gary Lindblad

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business Master of Professional Accountancy Graduates
    To MPAc Graduates,
    You have earned your degree to impact businesses & society for Christ, practicing accounting and business as your calling and ministry. As you go out from Biola University equipped as servant leaders, we commission you with the counter-cultural words of Jesus, “whoever wants to become great among you must first become your servant…”, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. Congratulations to you and your families who have supported you in your studies.
    — Dr. Gary Lindblad

    Congratulations MPAcc graduates! It's been a pleasure watching all of you start and now complete your degrees. I'm so proud of you and the sacrifices you made to get here. You are officially a Crowell alum!
    — Amanda Oakes

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell School of Business  Accounting Graduates
    To Bachelor of Science in Accounting Graduates,
    You have earned your degree to impact businesses & society for Christ, practicing accounting and business as your calling and ministry. As you go out from Biola University equipped as servant leaders, we commission you with the counter-cultural words of Jesus, “whoever wants to become great among you must first become your servant…”, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. Congratulations to you and your families who have supported you in your studies.
    —Dr. Gary Lindblad

  • To: The Spring 2020 Crowell Business Administration Graduates
    To Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Graduates,
    You have earned your degree to impact businesses & society for Christ, practicing business as your calling and ministry. As you go out from Biola University equipped as servant leaders, we commission you with the counter-cultural words of Jesus, “whoever wants to become great among you must first become your servant…”, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. Congratulations to you and your families who have supported you in your studies.
    —Dr. Gary Lindblad

  • To: Lydia Batanghari
    What a pleasure having you all as students in the Torrey Honors Institute. Your intelligence, hard work and wonderful dispositions were a constant source of joy and you will be missed. Though we cannot celebrate together in person, at least not yet, please know that I am proud of you all and pray for your future. May it be rich and rewarding and may you make a real difference in the world and in the Church. Please take all that you have learned at Torrey and Biola into your future studies and careers, and make us proud. Happy graduation!
    —Professor Peters
  • To: Brianna Gackstetter
    Bri- Congrats. You have worked so hard and have been such a dedicated student and friend to those around you. You are a critical thinker and such a hard worker and you are going to make one heck of an employee someday for HR. Thankful for you and I am proud of you. Keep seeking the face of Jesus and His kingdom.
    —Sarah Brown
  • To: Sam Mgrdichian
    Dear Sam,
    It has been such a pleasure to get to know you in the last year. Your positive attitude and your care and concern for others will take you far in life. May God bless you as you move on to your next steps.
    —Prof. Calley

    Biggest congratulations Sam!! What a joy it has been to know you these past 3 years! You have been such a steady source of joy, and encouragement, and dedication, and have been someone who has shown me what it looks like to lean in during uncomfortable times. I am beyond grateful that you came back to us this year. Watching you step into leading the way you did was nothing short of a gift. I am beyond sad that your time at Biola is already up, but I am confident that God has good things in store for you in this next chapter. I am so excited to watch them unfold.
    — Heather Davenport
  • To: Brianna Reynolds
    Congratulations on your graduation!!! You were such a joy to work with as a PIA this year. You served Crowell so well with your talents, work ethic, creativity, and care. I know there are great things in store for you in the future. May God bless you abundantly as you trust and follow Him. Miss you already!!!
    — Heather Martin
  • To: Lukas Klause
    Congratulations on this huge accomplishment, Lukas! I will never forget meeting you during your first week here at Biola, as you stepped as a nervous Lukas into my office on a very hot day, in a 3 piece suit, for your interview. I was blown away by you then, and continued to be so blessed to watch your journey over the past 4 years. You have accomplished so many wonderful things, and I have no doubt that will continue as you go forward from here. So proud of you!
    — Heather Davenport

  • To: Brendan Sun
    Congratulations Brendan!! Wow, what a journey you have gone on during your time here at Biola! The growth that I have seen in you over the past few years is incredible and inspiring. You have been someone who has grown in confidence, has grown in the understanding of your purpose and your gifts, and you are someone who is running hard after it. What a privilege it was to get to be even a little part of your Biola story. I am so proud of you Brendan and am so excited to see where God takes you next!
    — Heather Davenport

School of Cinema and Media Arts

  • To: Henry White
    What a pleasure having you all as students in the Torrey Honors Institute. Your intelligence, hard work and wonderful dispositions were a constant source of joy and you will be missed. Though we cannot celebrate together in person, at least not yet, please know that I am proud of you all and pray for your future. May it be rich and rewarding and may you make a real difference in the world and in the Church. Please take all that you have learned at Torrey and Biola into your future studies and careers, and make us proud. Happy graduation!
    — Greg Peters
  • To: Merlin Senthil; Justin Townsend
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor, Profesora Reyes.
    — Itzel Reyes
  • To: Lindsay Lewis
    Lindsay,
    Congratulations on your graduation! Thank you so much for all that you have contributed to the Theatre Program. You are hilarious and an absolute talent. May God richly bless you in all of your future endeavors! Warm regards.
    — Zachary Bortot
  • To: Joshua Dozier
    Joshua,
    I am so glad we worked together during The Charm of Preparedness. I count myself blessed to have been one small part of your story. I so admire the way you approach trials with vulnerability, questioning, and a dedication to growth. You are willing to examine what is handed to you rather than blindly accepting it, while also being honest about the fact that you do not have all the answers. You embody all of this while also being sensitive to the needs of others. It has been a joy to watch you mature over the years, and I pray God continues to use you in bold ways. Much love.
    — Zachary Bortot
  • To: Sierra Stoltzfus
    Sierra, congratulations on your graduation! We were so blessed by your incredible work in the Student Success Office/CMA department over the past two years. We are celebrating with you and pray God's rich blessings on you!
    — Jamie Sommerville
  • To: Justyn Tenandar
    Congratulations on your graduation!!! You were such a joy to work with as a PIA this year and you blessed the CD staff, FAC/CMA cohort, PIA team, and the CMA major with your tireless positivity and support. I know there are great things in store for you in the future. May God bless you abundantly as you trust and follow Him. Miss you already!!!
    — Heather Martin

School of Education

  • To: The Spring 2020 School of Education Graduating Class
    We are so pleased that you chose Biola University for your education. We have been honored to serve you, and we are so proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!
    — Dr. June Hetzel, Dean of Education
  • To: Angelina Orozco
    Angelina, 
    I cannot believe the time has come when you are moving on to the next stage of your life. It seems that just yesterday, we ran into each other in the hallway and God saw it fit that you would stay with our family for the next few summers. Angelina, you most definitely have had a deep impact in the Biola community as well as in the Cid family; you will be missed. However, that does not mean that you should never connect with us ever again. Please know that you will remain a constant memory in the minds and hearts of the kids and the adults of our family, especially Italia. My wish was to throw a graduation celebration party for you this spring, I am sorry I will not be able to make that happen now. Please don't forget us and please know that we will always be here for you if you ever need anything. Congratulations, I know how hard you have worked to get to this moment. You are truly an inspiration as well as a model of the work that God can do in one's life, even when the cards might be stacked against a person when one willingly surrenders to the will of God. I am so proud, alongside your sister and grandma, of the accomplishment you have achieved. I can safely say your parents would have been so proud of you as well. Thank you, God, for having given me the opportunity to learn from Angelina. She is one of your blessings to the earth.
    —Dr. Cid

    Dear Angelina,
    I congratulate you on your graduation! It has been a pleasure having you in my classes these past few years and also being blessed by your assistance as my T.A. I ask our LORD to bless you and keep you close to him all the days of your life so that you may know the depth of God’s unconditional love for you. "And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 Blessings.
    —Dr. Carolina Serna

    Angelina,
    Congratulations on graduating with your Liberal Studies degree! We are so proud of you!
    I feel very privileged to be able to be a part of your journey to becoming a teacher, and I’m so glad you chose to come to Biola! As I worked on the slide show for the Liberal Studies virtual celebration, I looked at the photo of you as a baby in your mother’s arms, and I am sure she is watching from above and is so proud of you right now. I pray that God’s protection and blessings continue to flow over you as you prepare for student teaching. We love you!
    —Dr. Canillas

    Angelina, I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. I've had the privilege of watching you step out in faith, advocate for others, and lead with grace and humility. God's hand is on you. Bless you!
    — Mary Lina

  • To: Daniel Monroe
    Daniel,
    What a journey you have had. You have led worship for School of Education Chapels, sang at Liberal Studies celebrations, and have even written your own songs that have shown promise by placing in competitions and gaining fans (young ones as I recall). You have also done many hours of field placement observations, met new friends, and have had a long-lasting impact in our community through your kindness, dedication, and commitment to your work. I am going to miss you, but please know that your Biola family sends you out into the world prepared for what is coming ahead. Our mission was to get you to know more about what God's will is for your life, to understand the scriptures more deeply so that you would rely upon them daily, and to recognize that you, as well as past, present, and future Biolans, are part of the bride of Christ and, as a result, are meant to live in community with one another. So we send you, but we do not release you, you will always be in the fabric of our hearts, and in the words of our prayers. Congratulations on this great accomplishment. May the Lord continue to bless your work, whatever or wherever that may be.
    —Dr. Cid

    Daniel,
    Congratulations on graduating with your Liberal Studies degree! We are so proud of you!
    Thank you for sharing your musical gifts and talents at our Liberal Studies dinners and other events. Leading worship with you is one of my favorite Biola memories! I pray that you experience God’s goodness and grace as you graduate and look forward to student teaching. Be well!
    —Dr. Canillas

  • To: Rebecca Wong
    Becca,
    I'm so excited and happy for you! I celebrate alongside you as you graduate. I remember when we met for the first time in Intro. I was impressed with you then and am still today! Thank you for being my TA and mommy helper all these years! You've been such a blessing to me and my family. I'm going to miss you more than you know. Please keep in touch and know that I'll be praying for you!
    —Dr. Yang

    Dear Becca,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you are a graduate! For this enormous effort, Congratulations! I enjoyed getting to know you and seeing your heart. God is already using your gifts and talents for His glory, and He will continue to bless your work to further His Kingdom. Remember, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6, ESV). It is good to know that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does. . . and He is faithful!
    —Dr. Coddington

    Dear Becca,
    You did it! Can you believe this day is here? This is such an incredible accomplishment, and I want to commend you for all of the hard work that has gotten you here to the finish line. I know that your final semester did not turn out how you planned, but I hope that you are still able to celebrate this accomplishment. It has been a joy to be your advisor! I pray that the Lord guides you and blesses you in your journey after graduation.
    —Mackenzie Ahmadinia

  • To: Meagan Bare
    Meagan, I'm so excited and happy for you! I celebrate alongside you as you graduate. I remember when we met for the first time in Intro. I was impressed with you then and still am today! You're going to be an amazing teacher! I'm going to miss you more than you know. Please keep in touch and know that I'm always there for you! I'll be praying for you! XO
    — Dr. Yang

    Dear Meagan,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you are a graduate! You have spent many hours of hard work and sacrifice. For this enormous effort, Congratulations!
    You have earned outstanding honors and are set apart from your peers as a distinguished scholar. God is already using your gifts and talents for His glory, and He will continue.
    God’s blessing on you in your post-graduate endeavors! Proverbs 3:6 says that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does, and He is faithful! You can trust Him!
    Congratulations,
    — Dr. Coddington

    Meagan,
    This note is just to celebrate your graduation (and EKE award!) with that you, albeit it from afar.
    I really enjoyed having you both as an undergraduate student and – during these past two semesters – as a TA. Working with you has been easy and fun. I can always count on you to be thoughtful and caring toward the students. Thank you!
    May the Lord guide your every step – into student teaching and beyond. And may you continue to develop as an educator and as a daughter of the King, being an instrument in the Lord’s hand to bless others (2Tim 2:21).
    Great job, Meagan!
    — Nicholas Block
  • To: Jessica Kenaston
    Dear Jessica, I'm so excited and happy for you! I celebrate alongside you as you graduate. I remember when we met for the first time in Intro. I was impressed with you then and still am today! It's crazy how fast time has gone by. *sigh* You're going to be an amazing teacher! I'm going to miss you more than you know. Please keep in touch and know that I'm always there for you! I'll be praying for you! XO
    — Dr. Yang

  • To: Briana Valdez
    Briana, I'm so excited and happy for you! I celebrate alongside you as you graduate. I remember when we met for the first time in Intro. I was impressed with you then and still am today! It's crazy how fast time has gone by. *sigh* You're going to be an amazing teacher! I'm going to miss you more than you know. Please keep in touch and know that I'm always there for you! I'll be praying for you! XO
    — Dr. Yang

    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor.
    — Itzel Reyes

  • To: Hannah Melodia
    Dear Hannah, I'm so excited and happy for you! I celebrate alongside you as you graduate! I remember when we met for the first time in Intro. I was impressed with you then and still am today! It's crazy how fast time has gone by. *sigh* You're going to be an amazing teacher! I'm going to miss you more than you know. Please keep in touch and know that I'm always there for you! I'll be praying for you! XO
    — Joyce Yang

  • To: Julia Ibrahim
    Dear Julia, I want to congratulate you on this amazing accomplishment! I have been honored to have you in my first classes here at Biola! I ask our LORD to bless you to keep you close to him all the days of your life.
    "And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
    Blessings. 
    — Dr. Carolina Serna

    Julia,
    Just a few words to celebrate the achievement of your finishing your Master’s degree:
    I really enjoyed having you both as an undergraduate student and as a grad as well, and I was honored when you chose me as your chair for Action Research.
    I admire how you stayed the course in the midst of the crisis, and you were able to finish up your AR with flying colors, despite the inconveniences. Most importantly, I think you learned a few things in the process as well!
    In the future, every once in a while, please reach out and let me know how your career and life is progressing.
    May you continue to develop as an educator and as a daughter of the King, and may you find more and more ways – both inside and outside of the classroom – to be an instrument in the Lord’s hand to bless others (2Tim 2:21).
    Great job, Julia!
    — Nicholas Block

  • To: Krystal McGregor
    Dear Krystal,
    Congratulations on your graduation! It has been a pleasure having you as a student. I ask our LORD to bless you and keep you close to him all the days of your life that you may know the depth of God’s unconditional love for you. You are a precious daughter of our Abba Father!
    "And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
    Blessings,
    — Dr. Carolina Serna

    Dear Krystal,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    When I think of you, I think of a young woman that knew exactly where God wanted her to be. You have demonstrated great resilience and humility to get where you are today.
    Blessings!
    — Dr. Christie Curtis
  • To: Krystal McGregor; Joke Yakubu; Jeff Alphonse; Wai Yan Wu; Hannah Ganther; Garnett Hinds; Julia Ibraim; Jonathan Lum; Laura Ogle; Brittany Prentiss; Michelle Rangiwulan; Sarah Ryan; Marchetta Silvernail; Emily Smith; Rachel Souisa; Kate Wittry; Nicholas Wong
    Congratulations on your accomplishment. I pray God's continued blessing in and on your life. It was such a pleasure having you as a student. Take care.
    — Dr. Denise Reid
  • To: Garnett Hinds
    Dear Leslie,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    Warmly,
    — Dr. Curtis

  • To: Caitlin Pon
    Dear Caitlin,
    Congratulations on your graduation! It has been a pleasure having you as a student. I ask our LORD to bless you and keep you close to him all the days of your life that you may know the depth of God’s unconditional love for you. You are a precious daughter of our Abba Father!
    "And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
    Blessings,
    — Dr. Carolina Serna

    Caitlin,
    I really enjoyed having you both as an undergraduate student and now as a grad student. I was pleased that I could come alongside to help you finish up well with your Action Research. I admire how you stayed the course and you were able to finish up your AR with flying colors.
    Caitlin, I still have a clipboard with a note from you that you gave me when you finished up the undergrad class with me!
    May you continue to progress as an educator and as a daughter of the King – continuing to be an instrument in the Lord’s hand to bless others (2Tim 2:21). Great job, Caitlin!
    — Nicholas Block

    Dear Caitlin,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    The Graduate Faculty is very proud of your action research project. You have done an excellent job!
    Warmly,
    — Dr. Christie Curtis
  • To: Krysten Jauregui
    Dear Krysten,
    Congratulations on your graduation! It has been a pleasure having you as a student in several classes. Thank you for sharing kindness, joy and optimism as you interacted with your peers and me in class.
    I ask our LORD to bless you and keep you close to him all the days of your life that you may know the depth of God’s unconditional love for you. You are a precious daughter of our Abba Father!
    "And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
    Blessings,
    — Dr. Carolina Serna

    Dear Krysten,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you are a graduate! To get to this place, you spent hours of hard work and sacrifice. For this enormous effort and job well done, Congratulations!
    I enjoyed watching you expand your pedagogical skills and grapple with your philosophy of education. God will use your knowledge and skills for His glory and further His Kingdom.
    God’s blessing on you in your post-graduate endeavors! Proverbs 3:6 says that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does, and He is faithful!
    Congratulations,
    — Dr. Lorelei Coddington

  • To: Kayla Pae
    Dear Kayla,
    Congratulations on your graduation! It has been a pleasure having you as a student in several classes.
    I ask our LORD to bless you and keep you close to him all the days of your life that you may know the depth of God’s unconditional love for you. You are a precious daughter of our Abba Father!
    "And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
    Blessings,
    — Dr. Carolina Serna

  • To: Joke Yakubu
    Joke,
    It's been such a pleasure getting to know you this semester! I've enjoyed our Skype calls and interacting through coursework. You're an impressive lady, and I know you're doing and are going to do amazing things for the Lord! You're a blessing to me. Congratulations on completing your degree! I'm praying you will have a restful furlough this summer. In His love,
    — Dr. Joyce Yang

    Joke,
    I really enjoyed having you in my research methods course, and I was honored when you invited me to support you in the writing of your thesis.
    Your thesis really turned out well! You did an immense amount of work and your findings are easily publishable.
    May you continue to grow in your research and service as you minister to families in Ghana.
    (Heb 13:20-21)
    Great job, Joke!
    — Nicholas Block
  • To: Jeff Alphonse
    Jeff! Congratulations!!! You've been a huge blessing in my life and I'm so grateful to the Lord for allowing me to be a part of your journey! God is already using you to bless so many, and my continual prayer will be for you to walk in the Lord so He can continue using you to make a difference in the lives of so many students! Keep in touch! XO,
    — Dr. Joyce Yang

    Jeff, you are one of my favorite students!! (I know the Bible says we're not supposed to have any favorites, but don't tell!) What I love about you is your dependable optimism and your fantastic smile! I'm glad you chose Biola. I thank God for having the pleasure of meeting you and spending a little time with you. Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment!
    — Kay Henry

  • To: Sierra Miller
    Sierra,
    Congratulations!!! You've been a huge blessing in my life, and I'm so grateful to the Lord for allowing me to be a part of your journey! My continual prayer will be for you to walk in the Lord so He can continually use you to make a difference in the lives of so many students! Keep in touch! XO,
    — Dr. Joyce Yang

  • To: Wai Yan Wu
    Dear Lily,
    I congratulate you on your graduation! It has been a pleasure having you in several classes these past few years. I have also been blessed by your assistance as my T.A- Thank you!
    I ask our LORD to bless you and keep you close to him all the days of your life that you may know the depth of God’s unconditional love for you.
    "And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
    Blessings,
    — Dr. Carolina Serna

    Dear Lili,
    Congratulations on your achievement! I hope you will continue to be sensitive to God's calling in your life. I will be praying for you every step of the way!
    With Christ's love & mine,
    — Yvonne Yuen

    Lili,
    I really enjoyed having you both as an undergraduate student and now as a grad student, and I was honored when you chose me for Action Research.
    I admire that you were able to finish up your AR with flying colors. You did an immense amount of work – really good work! I think you learned a few things in the process as well, both about comparing special education for two countries and about research methods.
    May you continue to develop as an educator and as a daughter of the King, being an instrument in the Lord’s hand to bless others (2Tim 2:21).
    Great job, Lili! 
    — Nicholas Block

    Dear Lili,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    Thank you for being a shining star in my professional writing class and for continuing to produce stellar work throughout your entire graduate program.
    Blessings!
    — Dr. Christie Curtis

  • To: Shannon Howell
    Shannon, Congratulations!!! I can't believe how quickly time has gone by since our days together in Intro! You've been a huge blessing in my life, and I'm so grateful to the Lord for allowing me to be a part of your journey! My continual prayer will be for you to walk in the Lord so He can continually use you to make a difference in the lives of so many students! Keep in touch! XO,
    — Dr. Joyce Yang

  • To: Carissa Kalpakjian
    Carissa, Congratulations!!! I can't believe how quickly time has gone by since our days together in Intro! You've been a huge blessing in my life, and I'm so grateful to the Lord for allowing me to be a part of your journey! My continual prayer will be for you to walk in the Lord so He can continually use you to make a difference in the lives of so many students! Keep in touch! XO,
    — Dr. Joyce Yang

  • To: Krystal McGregor
    Congratulations! Krystal, you made it!! Your perseverance and dedication carried you through. So glad I was at Biola at the same time as you were! Way to go!!!!!
    — Kay Henry
  • To: Anna Archer
    Dear Anna,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you. It has been such a delight to mentor you and to share Francis Chan's book with you. I hope that you and I continue to deepen our relationship and remain friends for many years to come. Love, — Dr. Christie Curtis

    Ana,
    I really enjoyed having you both as an undergraduate student and more recently as a grad student, and I was honored when you chose me to support you for Action Research. I’m so pleased that you were able to study something that you are passionate about, and that it turned out so well. Your AR report really is of high quality! May you continue to develop as an educator and as a daughter of the King, being an instrument in the Lord’s hand to bless others (2Tim 2:21). Great job, Ana!
    — N. Block

  • To: Jeesoo "Joanne" Chun
    You have made us all proud; keep up the good work. Congratulations on graduation. Many Blessings to you!
    — Dr. Vidaurre

    Dear Jeesoo,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    — Dr. Curtis
  • To: Hannah Ganther
    Dear Hannah,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    — Dr. Curtis

  • To: Laura Ogle
    Dear Laura,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    —Dr. Curtis

  • To: Brittany Prentiss
    Dear Brittany,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you. I am so proud of your passion for reaching those who struggle with math. Your math curriculum will meet many of the needs of many.
    —Dr. Curtis

    Congratulations! You did it! You rock!! And you're super smart for now completing two master's degrees!! Wow! I wish you all the best as you continue in your endeavors! Praying for many blessings over your life!
    —Dania Molina
  • To: Michelle Rangiwulan
    Dear Michelle,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    From our first class together to our last capstone class, you have produced stellar work. Thank you for contributing a Sunday School curriculum that meets the needs of those who have special needs.
    Love,
    Dr. Curtis

  • To: Sarah Ryan
    Dear Sarah,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    —Dr. Curtis

  • To: Marchetta Silvernail
    Dear Marchetta,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you. Your close examination of the value of professional development for special education teachers will expand the understanding of administrators as they plan sessions to further prepare those who are invested in students with special needs.
    —Dr. Curtis

    Dear Marchetta,
    Congratulations! I am super proud of you and celebrate this joyous occasion with you (remotely)! I still remember the first day we met...back when you were a 'floater' between campuses (oh the good ole days). Also, the day that you've shared with me the wonderful news of being pregnant with your precious baby and finally the day when we reunited as a part of my research team! It has been a blessing for me to witness your growth as a teaching professional, but more importantly as a Godly woman who loves and cares for all of God's children. May “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). Big virtual hugs to you!! Please keep in touch!!
    —Dr. WL 

  • To: Emily Smith
    Emily,
    I really enjoyed having you both as an undergraduate and now as a grad student, and I was honored when you chose me as your professor for Action Research. I know that wasn’t easy getting this done during your first full year of teaching, but you were able to finish up well! Most importantly, I think you learned a few things along the way, especially about mainstreaming and research methods. May you continue to develop as an educator and as a daughter of the King, being an instrument in the Lord’s hand to bless others (2Tim 2:21). Great job, Emily!
    —Professor Block

    Dear Emily,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you. I am especially proud of you because you were able to successfully complete the program in a very short time (despite my discouragement to attempt so many units in a semester). Well done!
    —Dr. Curtis

  • To: Rachel Souisa
    Dear Rachel,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you have completed your degree! For this enormous effort, Congratulations! You were very independent and focused and produced a high level of work this semester. God is already using your gifts and talents for His glory, and He will continue. Remember, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6, ESV). It is good to know that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does. . . and He is faithful! Congratulations! 
    —Dr. Coddington

  • To: Nicholas Wong
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you have almost completed your degree! For this enormous effort and job well done, Congratulations! I am enjoying your capstone project which will continue just a bit longer. I know that God is already using your gifts and talents for His glory, and He will continue. Remember, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6, ESV). It is good to know that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does. . . and He is faithful! Congratulations!
    —Dr. Coddington

    Dear Nicholas,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you. You have demonstrated your trust in the Lord throughout your graduate program. We commend you for finishing well.
    —Dr. Curtis

  • To: Keonie Yu
    Dear Keonie,
    YAY!! Congratulations! I am super proud of you and celebrate this joyous occasion with you (remotely)! Not sure if I've ever shared with you, but you have a special place in my heart because you were a part of my "OG" group of students during my first year at Biola! I still remember how hard you've worked in my courses and were so patient with me on making sure you got all the APA formatting accurately?!! Oh, the good ole days! :) It has been a blessing for me to witness your growth as a teaching professional, but more importantly as a Godly woman who loves and cares for all of God's children. May “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). Big virtual hugs to you!! Please keep in touch!! 
    —Dr. WL 

    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you have completed your degree! To get to this place, you spent many hours of hard work and sacrifice. For this enormous effort and job well done, Congratulations! I enjoyed working with you on your capstone project. You were very independent and focused, producing an excellent research project. God is already using your gifts and talents for His glory, and He will continue. Remember, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6, ESV). Congratulations!
    —Dr. Coddington

    Dear Keonie,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you. Blessings!
    —Dr. Curtis

  • To: Yesenia Siria
    Dear Yesenia,
    Congrats on your Graduation! This is such an incredible accomplishment, and I want to commend you for all of the hard work that has gotten you here to the finish line. I know that your final semester did not turn out how you planned, but I hope that you are still able to celebrate this accomplishment. It has been a joy to be your advisor over these past 3 years! I pray that the Lord guides you and blesses you in your journey after graduation.
    —Mackenzie Ahmadinia

    Yesenia,
    Congratulations on graduating with your Liberal Studies degree! We are so proud of you! It was such a privilege to get to know you and work with you, especially this semester in Curriculum class. Your assignments were always of the highest quality and I really appreciated your insightfulness and heart for underserved students. You are an amazing young woman and will be a truly great teacher! Be well!
    —Dr. Canillas

  • To: Shannon Howell
    Dear Shannon,
    Congrats!! Can you believe this day has come? This is such an incredible accomplishment, and I want to celebrate all of the hard work that has gotten you here. I know that your final semester did not turn out how you planned, but I hope that you are still able to celebrate this accomplishment. It has been a joy to be your advisor! I pray that the Lord guides you and blesses you in your journey after graduation.
    —Mackenzie Ahmadinia

  • To: Maddisyn Nelson
    Dear Maddisyn,
    You did it! This is such an incredible accomplishment, and I want to commend you for all of the hard work that has gotten you here. I know that your final semester did not turn out how you planned, but I hope that you are still able to celebrate this accomplishment. It has been a joy to be your advisor! I pray that the Lord guides you and blesses you in your journey after graduation and into student teaching!
    —Mackenzie Ahmadinia

    Maddisyn,
    Congratulations on graduating with your Liberal Studies degree! We are so proud of you!
    It was so nice to get to know you and be a part of your journey to becoming a teacher. You have been an amazing student and your students will be so blessed to have you as their teacher! I pray that you experience God’s grace and kindness as you look forward to student teaching. Be well!
    —Dr. Canillas

  • To: Haley Smith
    Haley,
    Just a few words to celebrate the achievement of your finishing your Master’s degree – and Induction program:
    I really enjoyed having you in the Induction program and seeing you – from afar -- grow as a teacher. I regret never making it down to your school; I so would have liked to have seen you “in action.” I was honored when you chose me as your chair for Action Research. I admire how you stayed the course in the midst of the crisis, and you were able to finish up, despite the inconveniences. I think you learned a few things in the process as well. Every once in a while, please reach out and let me know how your career and life is progressing. I hope that God blesses you in your desire to support other teachers. Maybe we’ll see you someday leading GYTO! May you continue to develop as an educator and as a daughter of the King, and may you find more and more ways – both inside and outside of the classroom – to be an instrument in the Lord’s hand to bless others (2Tim 2:21). And may everything turn out well with your wedding!
    Great job, Haley!
    —N. Block

    Dear Haley,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you. Blessings!
    —Dr. Curtis

  • To: Savannah McKinnon
    Savannah, it was wonderful to have you in my TESOL classes this fall and spring. Blessings on whatever is next for you!
    —Professor Purgason
  • To: Sarah Bartruff
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor.
    —Profesora Reyes.
  • To: Jisoo Lee
    You have made us all proud; keep up the good work. Congratulations on graduation. Many Blessings to you! —Dr. V
  • To: Kaitlin Bloemhof
    It must be a very proud moment for you. All of the hard work you have put in has paid off. Congratulations Grad. Your reward lies ahead. Have a successful future. Blessings to you!
    —Dr. Vidaurre

    Dear Kaitlin,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you are a graduate! To get to this place, you spent hours of hard work and sacrifice. For this enormous effort and job well done, Congratulations! I enjoyed watching you expand your pedagogical skills and knowledge. God will use your knowledge and skills for His glory and further His Kingdom. God’s blessing on you in your post-graduate endeavors! Proverbs 3:6 says that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does, and He is faithful! Congratulations!
    —Dr. Coddington

  • To: Kate Gammel
    As you cherish the fruits of your hard work, I wish that success and blessings keep following you in everything that you do. Today and always… Congratulations and Happy Graduation.
    —Dr. Vidaurre
  • To: Carissa Kalpakjian
    Congratulations Graduate. You’ve worked hard to achieve your goals and now you’re on your way to dream new dreams, embrace life with passion and continue impacting the kingdom of God. Go for it!
    —Dr. Vidaurre
  • To: Alorah Williams
    College can be overwhelming at times, but your hard work and dedication have resulted in reaching a worthy milestone...earning your degree. Best wishes to you in the future and congratulations on a job well done. Many blessings to you!
    —Dr. Vidaurre

    Alorah,
    Congratulations on graduating with your Liberal Studies degree! We are so proud of you! It was such a privilege to get to know you as my student and advisee and get to see you grow as an educator over these past few semesters. You have been persistent, mature, and always displayed God’s goodness to those around you. You will make a really excellent teacher! I pray that you will continue to experience God’s grace and goodness as you prepare for student teaching. Be well!
    —Dr. Canillas
  • To: Maya Galindo
    Maya, I think of you with appreciation and regret: appreciation for your unusually gifted mind, and regret that I didn’t get to see it at work longer than this semester. I suspect that, were COVID banished so that you could run on all cylinders, to your grey cells others could not hold a candle. May your future by God’s grace grow day by day ever brighter, even unto the full light of day.
    — Aaron Kleist

    Maya, it has been a pleasure to work with you this past year. I admire that you have high standards for yourself and for others. I love that you desire to be a creative educator who will push her students to think critically about texts and topics. May God bless your journey in the classroom as you seek to design transformative experiences for your students.
    — Dawn Lewis

    Maya, you are a vibrant and original thinker, and your enthusiasm for learning (and life more broadly) is contagious. It was a pleasure getting to have you in American Lit II and then later for Contemporary Women Writers. You always brought a genuine passion and inquisitiveness that sparked meaningful conversation, and I know the class experience would not have been as rich if not for your contributions. Congratulations on this achievement! I wish you all the best on the next stage in your journey, and I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.
    — Shelley Garcia

    Maya: some of my favorite moments in our Jane Austen class came when an idea struck you that you wanted to share. I loved seeing your face light up and hear you present your argument--whether defending a character, examining an idea, drawing a new critical voice into the conversation, or marketing 18th-century medical "cures." When you have something to say, you say it passionately and compellingly. I hope you'll keep sharing and refining your thoughts, as you move on to a new chapter and new intellectual communities. Congratulations, Maya! Best,
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    Maya,

    Your engagement in our times together as a class always made everyone's learning - including my own - better. You have a unique ability to see through discussions with the essential questions. Your comments and contributions also revealed your ability to make the connections between your learning and your life, always bridging the abstract and the concrete. As you graduate, it will be important to continue what you do so well: ask good questions and make learning matter by connecting it to what it means to live life well. Blessings to you Maya!
    — Aaron Adams

  • To: Sidney Gardner
    Sidney, what a privilege it has been to get to know you this past couple of years. Your desire to know what’s what, no punches pulled, has been a model of humble, focused curiosity. Our conversations outside the classroom--about literature, life after college, faith, and the meaning of it all--were rich beyond measure. The work you made for your classes beautifully demonstrated the power of attention and revision. I look forward to hearing from you about the adventures you’ll have. Thank you. And God bless you.
    — Christopher Davidson

    Sidney, I am so glad you were able to take the Cold War class last semester. In that class of many talented, vocal students, you were able to stand out as one of the most insightful readers and writers. You took on the seemingly Herculean task of a mind-numbing number of units and somehow made it work. You could always be relied on to contribute a nuanced, genuinely Christian response to many of the topics discussed in that course. I wish you the best as you pursue a career in this field, whichever direction it takes you (and thank your mom again for that delicious Christmas cookie).
    — Marc Malandra

    Sidney: I’m grateful that I got to know you as my advisee. I have seen you mature and grow as you make thoughtful decisions about your classes. Then I had you in English 390. How glad I am that I got to know you as a student as well. What thoughtful comments you offered during class! What I appreciate about you is that you take each assignment seriously and give it your best. It was wonderful to see the commitment you had for your vocation as a student. I will miss you and hope that we’ll keep in touch.
    — Haein Park

    I am so proud of the ways you have pursued deep, meaningful learning. I’ve watched your bravery and willingness to take on hard questions, even when it prompted painful realizations. I will never forget our special independent study with you, Hannah, and Erica--hanging out in different coffee shops and talking about literature and life are fond memories and something I already miss. You are the kind of future teacher that we need—someone who embraces the transformational power of learning. Congratulations on achieving this incredible milestone!
    — Shelly Garcia

    Sidney: I been struck more than once, in our World Lit class together and in our casual interactions in the hallways and at events, by what an incredible listener you are. When you speak, you do so with sensitivity, humility, empathy, and insight that shows how deeply you value others' stories and experiences. What a gift you will be to your future students! Congratulations on this milestone. Best, 
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson
  • To: Austin Gewecke
    Dear Austin,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you are a graduate! To get to this place, you spent hours of hard work and sacrifice. For this enormous effort and job well done, Congratulations!
    I enjoyed watching you expand your pedagogical skills and grapple with your philosophy of education. God will use your knowledge and skills for His glory and to further His Kingdom.
    God’s blessing on you in your post-graduate endeavors! Proverbs 3:6 says that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does, and He is faithful!
    Congratulations,
    — Dr. Lorelei Coddington
  • To: Hikari Igawa
    Dear Hikari,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you are a graduate! To get to this place, you spent hours of hard work and sacrifice. For this enormous effort and job well done, Congratulations!
    I enjoyed watching you expand your pedagogical skills and grapple with your philosophy of education. God will use your knowledge and skills for His glory and to further His Kingdom.
    God’s blessing on you in your post-graduate endeavors! Proverbs 3:6 says that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does and He is faithful!
    Congratulations,
    — Dr. Lorlei Coddington

    Hikari,
    Congratulations on graduating with your Liberal Studies degree! We are so proud of you! I was so blessed to get to know you and work with you on your Philosophy of Education paper this semester. You have very strong, godly convictions and insightful perspectives on what it means to be a teacher who is a Christian. I know wherever you serve students, whether at home in Japan or around the world, you will be a tremendous blessing. I pray you will continue to experience God’s love and goodness throughout your days. Be well!
    — Dr. Jenna Canillas

  • To: Jillian Risser
    Dear Jillian,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you are a graduate! To get to this place, you spent hours of hard work and sacrifice. For this enormous effort and job well done, Congratulations!
    All you have learned will be valuable as you move forward. God is already using your gifts and talents for His glory, and He will continue to bless your work to further His Kingdom.
    God’s blessing on you in your post-graduate endeavors! Proverbs 3:6 says that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does, and He is faithful!
    Congratulations,
    — Dr. Lorelei Coddington

    Jillian,
    Congratulations on graduating with your Liberal Studies degree! We are so proud of you! It was such a pleasure to get to know you, especially in Curriculum class this semester. You are an excellent student and will be an amazing teacher! I pray God's blessing and protection over you as you prepare for student teaching and a special blessing on your marriage as you serve the Lord together. Be well!
    — Dr. Jenna Canillas

  • To: Melissa Thomas
    Dear Melissa,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you are a graduate! You have spent many hours of hard work and sacrifice. For this enormous effort and job well done, Congratulations!
    The knowledge and skills gained will be valuable in your future life and work. God is already using your gifts and talents for His glory, and He will continue.
    God’s blessing on you in your post-graduate endeavors! Proverbs 3:6 says that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does, and He is faithful! You can trust Him!
    Congratulations,
    Dr. Coddington

  • To: Rachel Park
    Dear Rachel,
    It seems like just yesterday you entered our program and now you are a graduate! You have spent many hours of hard work and sacrifice. For this enormous effort and job well done, Congratulations!
    The knowledge and skills gained will be valuable in your future life and work. God is already using your gifts and talents for His glory, and He will continue.
    God’s blessing on you in your post-graduate endeavors! Proverbs 3:6 says that we don’t make the paths straight; rather, God does, and He is faithful! You can trust Him!
    Congratulations,
    — Dr. Lorelei Coddington

  • To: Kalee Severin
    Dear Kalee,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    Your curriculum with its emphasis on student choice is a helpful tool for those who are invested in educating our youth. Thank you for your hours of investment in your capstone project.
    Warmly,
    — Dr. Christie Curtis

  • To: Zachary Nash
    Hi, Zach, congratulations! So grateful to have had you in my classes! You are a kind, thoughtful, sensitive young man who will go far in life, I think! I have really enjoyed reading your research papers and your contributions to class discussions. You always make me rethink things! Best wishes to you, and pray the Lord leads you in all that you do!
    — Alicia Dewey

    Zach – I’m still chuckling about the Korean church service that you streamed! How you handled that situation is a testimony to who you are: flexible, ingenious, and good natured. Throughout the semesters, I’ve seen brilliance in your work, generosity towards your peers, and humility in all your giftings. We will miss seeing you on campus and will be rooting you on always!
    — Susan Lim
  • To: Tiffany Nichols
    Hi, Tiffany, I feel so privileged to have gotten to know you over the years! You are such a kind, thoughtful, sensitive young woman. I have always appreciated your thoughtful contributions to class discussions. I was happy to have had you as my TA this year, too! I hope you learned something from that experience even though I did not have a whole lot to give you! I hope you will stay in touch with us. I am sure the Lord will use you greatly as you move ahead in life!
    — Alicia Dewey

    Tiffany- Congrats! You did it! You worked hard. Spent lots of hours outside of Common Grounds and in Teaching hours and here you are. I am so thankful to experience your joy, your tiny laughter and your sass. You are going to be one remarkable teacher. Keep loving Jesus and loving your neighbor. So proud of you.
    — Sarah Brown

  • To: Rachel Bennett
    Dear Rachel,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    Blessings!
    — Christie Curtis

  • To: Kate Tribken
    Dear Kate,
    The faculty and staff of the School of Education are so proud of you. We know that you have worked very hard to reach the milestone that you have now reached. I, personally, want you to know that I will be praying for you as you follow the call of the Lord wherever He may take you.
    Blessings!
    — Dr. Curtis

  • To: Michelle Rangiwulan
    Michelle- Congratulations!! I know how hard you have worked and you deserve to be celebrated! Such an honor to have you as an educator colleague and I wish you all the best as you move forward in your endeavors! I am grateful to have joined you in prayer many times and I will continue to pray for you as you embark on a new chapter of your life. I hope we get to celebrate together at some point! Anyway, may the Lord bless you and keep you! Congratulations, again! Such a huge achievement!
    — Dania Molina
  • To: Madison Bernier
    Madison- Congratulations!! You've worked so hard to come this far! I can't wait for you to become an amazing teacher! I know you will be a caring, wonderful, and effective teacher! Congratulations on this great achievement! Wishing you all the best!
    — Dania Molina
  • To: Joshua Fang 
    Joshua,
    Congratulations on graduating with your Liberal Studies degree! We are so proud of you!
    It has been a pleasure to get to know you and work with you. I am sure you will be an excellent teacher! Your students will be so blessed by your calm demeanor and diligence. I pray you will experience God’s blessings this summer and beyond!
    — Jenna Canillas
  • To: Kate Wittry
    Kate,
    I really enjoyed having you in the Induction Program and hearing about how you grew as a teacher; your reflections always seemed so heartfelt.
    Similarly, it was special to have you in the Philosophy course. I knew that when I would read your work, I would encounter words that were thoughtfully chosen to express sincere and insightful thinking.
    May you continue to develop as an educator and as a daughter of the King, so that you may always be an instrument in the Lord’s hand to bless others (2Tim 2:21).
    Great job, Kate!
    — Nicholas Block

School of Fine Arts and Communication

  • To: Communication Studies Graduates
    Dear Communicators,
    I am so sad to see you go, but it is time to move on to the next steps that God has prepared for you! I am grateful for the times that we have had together in class, over coffee, and walking around campus. I am so appreciative of how you have shared your lives and your passions with me. I have learned so much from you. May God bless you as you change the world for Him! You can DO this. Blessings.
    — Dorothy Alston Calley

    Y'all did it. So proud. Most unique grad class ever.
    — Bryan Moe
  • To: Brenda Velasco
    Congratulations Brenda! You did it! Not only managed all the communication for a worldwide pandemic BUT finished your MBA! I know you've missed a lot of sleep, meals, fun times but now it's all worth it! So proud of you and how hard you've worked to achieve this goal! Now go eat something and sleep for a while!
    — Joy Bergk
  • To: Jasmyne Bell; David Cho; Philip F. Smart; Aaron Wakashige; Danielle Brimmage; Joshua Childress
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. 
    — Con mucho amor, Profesora Reyes.
  • To: Marenna Toyer
    Dear Marenna, It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you this semester. I am grateful for the time that we've had to get to know one another better. God has good things in store for you and I can't wait to hear about your next steps. Please keep sending me pictures of cute dogs, cool art projects, and beautiful plants! Congratulations on your graduation! You did it! Blessings.
    — Dorothy Alston Calley
  • To: Jane Kim
    Dearest Jane,
    You are without a doubt, one of the best human beings I have had the pleasure of coming across in this lifetime. Thank you for always slipping me little snacks when I have not eaten all day, for your vulnerability in acting classes, and your servant leadership. You have come alive as an actor in the last two years and it has been a joy to watch you grow and thrive. Beka and I love you dearly, and we are so excited for you and your future. Please, do not ever hesitate to reach out if you need anything. May God continue to richly bless your life!
    — Zachary Bortot
  • To: Marc DeJager
    Marc,
    What a journey it has been! I know we joke about the "most improved award," but never be ashamed of being known for dedication to growth and improvement. I would take one person dedicated to growth than I would 100 people who think they have already "arrived." You have been such an important part of the Biola Theatre 21 family, and you will be missed dearly. I know God has great things in store for you. Much love.
    — Zachary Bortot
  • To: Emily Delgado
    Dearest Emily,
    Thank you so much for being all that you are. Your sense of humor has continually brightened my day, even when I have tried not to crack in classes. You are a kind and compassionate woman of God, and I highly appreciate your value for your fellow human beings and the ways in which you seek to treat others with respect and dignity when others may not. Keep caring for the outcast, for the downtrodden. You have been an integral part of the Theatre 21 family, and my life is richer for having worked with you. May God continue to bless your life. Much love.
    — Zachary Bortot 
  • To: Samuel Sianturi
    Dearest Sam,
    What will we do without you, Sam? I do not think I have met anyone who loves theatre more than you do! You are full of energy, enthusiasm, and passion for all that you do. Your kindness is unending; we should all aspire to treat others with the same warmth and love you do. Thank you for sharing your life with us these last few years. I have appreciated your kind words to me, your flexibility in how you approach trials, and the way in which you continue to work to grow in so many areas of the performing arts. May you continue to impact others for the Kingdom. Blessings.
    — Zachary Bortot
  • To: Joel Randall
    Joel,
    Our time together was much too short, my friend. I can pay no higher compliment — in such a brief amount of time you became an integral part of this program. I know I sound like a broken record here, but I can count on one hand the number of people who I hold in such high regard. You are always an encouraging presence and working to serve others. God is going to continue to do great things through you, Joel. Congratulations on all of your work, that which has been done, and yet still to come. Warmest blessings.
    — Zachary Bortot
  • To: Christian Leonard
    Congrats, Christian! We are celebrating with you today and all of us in Student Success are proud of your accomplishment in completing your degree. WOOHOO!
    — Jamie Sommerville
  • To: Kendall Jarboe; Tatum Plyler; Ashley Logue
    Congratulations on your graduation!!! You were such powerhouses as PIAs this year and you blessed the CD staff, cohort, PIA team, and the FAC majors with your tireless positivity, joy, and all-around awesomeness. I know there are great things in store for you in the future. May God bless you abundantly as you trust and follow Him. Miss you already!!!
    — Heather Martin
  • To: Lance Gibson
    Lance! I cannot believe this day is finally here! Congratulations on all of your incredible work over the past 4 years. I was so lucky to get to see even a glimpse of your journey at Biola. I am so proud of you for who you have become, and who you are becoming. I cannot wait to see what is next for you!
    — Heather Davenport
  • To: Aubrey Dela Cruz
    Aubs! You've done it! I am so proud of you and this incredible accomplishment. I feel SO grateful for the opportunity to have witnessed the last 2 years of your life, the growth you have experienced, the positivity in the face of opposition, and the incredible light that radiates from your life. You are a gift to us, and I could not have imagined that girl I met at Winter Camp would become such a vital part of my life for 2 years. I am beyond excited to see where you go from here. Remember us when you're planning events/running PR for all the stars!
    — Heather Davenport
  • To: Hannah Reagan
    Congratulations Hannah!! What an incredible gift you have been to me these last 4 years. Watching you grow from a quiet freshman Hannah to the strong and confident leader that you are now, has been such a gift. You have been a steady source of calm for me over these past 4 years, and I can confidently say that my life and my work would not have been as easy, enjoyable, or fulfilling without you in it. I am so grateful that you'll still be close in this next season, and I cannot wait to watch you step into all that God has prepared. I am SO proud of you Hannah!
    — Heather Davenport
  • To: Seth Subt
    Congratulations Seth!! Oh, how grateful I am that God allowed me to see the last 2 years of your life unfold! You have been such a gift to me, such a source of light and laughter in many difficult times. Thank you for the ways you have stepped into leadership this year, for the lives you've impacted, and for the willingness you presented to do what was asked of you. I am seriously so stoked to get to see what God calls you into next in all areas of your life. No doubt it is going to be something spectacular. So proud of you Seth!
    — 
    Heather Davenport
  • To: Michael Ramirez
    Michael,
    It was such a joy and pleasure working with you on Metamorphoses. God's plan for casting is always superior to my own, and I simply do not know what we would have done without you. Even though we have not worked together on a project since you continued to be a bright spot on campus when we would pass. Thank you for your warmth and positivity. We love you dearly and are so excited for your future. God is going to continue to use you to do great things. And hey...if you ever catch the acting bug again...you know where to find us ;-)
    — Zach Bortot

  • To: Kendall Jarboe
    Congratulations, Kendall! What a joy to celebrate you and all God has accomplished through you during your time here at Biola. Your leadership on The Point has been exemplary; I so enjoyed getting to know you better on this journey! Congratulations on your graduation, your publication of a magazine during Covid-19, and your amazing new role as a reporter and producer! Congrats, dear lady!
    — Dr. Tamara Welter
  • To: Cooper Dowd
    Congratulations, Cooper! The Cross-Cultural Media concentration is certainly not an easy curriculum to conquer, but you've done it! Congrats. Your skills in media have developed so much and you're such a well-rounded media professional now. I'm excited to see what all God is going to do with your heart and your skills coupled together. It's been an honor to advise and work with you over the last few years. Congratulations!
    — Dr. Tamara Welter
  • To: Nathan Kadiman 
    Congratulations, Grace! I'm so excited to see what all God does with your dreams for Indonesia and women. As difficult as this journey has been, you made it! I'm so very thankful to have traveled with you during your time at Biola and am thrilled to celebrate you today!
    — Dr. Tamara Welter
  • To: Carly Grider
    Congratulations, Carly! I'm so thrilled to celebrate you and all you've accomplished in your time here at Biola as a Digital Journalism major. As "the Good Lord" couples your heart with your gifts and developed skills, I know great things are in store. It has been my privilege to journey with you and look forward to the years ahead calling you friend. Congratulations!
    — Dr. Tamara Welter
  • To: Joel Asher; Hannah Miller; Joseph Mistretta, Stacy Rasmussen; Kayla Ruiz; Seth Subt
    Congratulations graduating Broadcast Journalism students! I am in awe of you all and so look forward to seeing how God works through you for His purposes. Seek first His kingdom and His glory and trust Him for all you desire and need. He'll carry you even in the most challenging times. Congratulations!
    — Dr. Tamara Welter

  • To: Molly Bolthouse; Danielle Brimmage; Lance Gibson; Amelia Mowry; Philip Smart; Russel Spacy
    Congratulations graduating Visual Media students! I have truly enjoyed having most of you in classes over the years. Your creative eyes joined with a passionate hearts for Christ and those He loves inspires me each time I encounter you and your work. I so look forward to seeing how God works through you for His purposes. Seek first His kingdom and His glory and trust Him for all you desire and need. He'll carry you even in the most challenging times. Congratulations!
    — Dr. Tamara Welter
  • To: Alex Brouwer
    Congratulations, Alex! Your work with the media team, in both production of the material as well as leadership of people, has been such a privilege to observe. You certainly didn't disappoint me on any level! I expect that your visual gifts and skills, your leadership abilities and your passionate heart for Christ will be brought together by our "Good Lord" for His amazing purposes. It has been my joy to have you in class and to work with you in the department; I look forward to our continued friendship as you encounter all God has for you as a media professional. Congratulations!
    — Dr. Tamara Welter
  • To: Jasmyne Bell; Austin Green; Jared Hardy; Christian Leonard; Kayla Santos; Peter Voelker
    Congratulations graduating Writing & Publishing students! I look forward to seeing how God works through you -- your hearts, your gifts and skills -- for His purposes. Seek first His kingdom and His glory and trust Him for all you desire and need. The "good Lord" will carry you even in the most challenging times. Congratulations!
    — Dr. Welter

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • To: the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduating Class of 2020
    Lee, Emily, Andres, Rose, Kindra, Kristina, and Will, and Rylie: You all are fantastic. Amazing, even. You have given yourselves over to learning fully and recklessly - as if there is any other way to learn. You've heard me quote Barthes' quote interdisciplinarity: "Interdisciplinarity consists of creating a new object that belongs to no one." You all have created something new, something that belongs to no one - a new way of seeing, thinking about, and navigating the world. And the world needs "new things." We are blessed to have you!
    Aaron Adams
  • To: Mahlia St. Cyr
    Hi, Mahlia. Just a quick note to let you know what an absolute delight it's been to have you as a student these last several years at Biola. I hate that your time is ending this way. It must seem so impersonal. I am thrilled you'll be around in the fall so that we can (hopefully!) celebrate in person. But I did just want to take a moment to thank you for being such a wonderful student. You've been a true gift to our little intellectual community in the department. We are going to miss you.
    —Professor Dunnington

  • To: Matt Lancaster
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor
    —Profesora Reyes

    Hi, Matt, you are so thoughtful and insightful. I have enjoyed having you in my classes and seeing you grow. I am excited for you to start a new phase of life but sorry for the upheaval this semester! I am so glad you majored in history and that I was able to get to know you over the past couple of years. Please stay in touch with us!
    —Professor Dewey

    Hi, Matt, so glad you transferred to Biola! I remember meeting you before you came and cannot believe the time has come for you to graduate! I have always been impressed by your choice of topics and your thoughtful, sophisticated analysis of various issues. I am sure you will do well in whatever the Lord calls you to, and I hope you will stay in touch with us! Best wishes always and may God go with you!
    —Professor Dewey

    Matt -- I’ve seen you in good moments and hard moments, places of plenty and seasons of loss. And through it all, I’ve seen so much Christ-likeness in you. Your kindness to your peers, great insights about all things historical (especially the Puritans!!), and love for the Lord have blessed me tremendously. I know that you will be a light to many in the seasons ahead.
    — Susan Lim

  • To: Philip Young
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor.
    —Profesora Reyes. 

  • To: Emet Mah
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor.
    —Profesora Reyes

  • To: Anneka Vander We
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor.
    —Profesora Reyes

  • To: Kindra Soto
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor.
    —Profesora Reyes 

    ¡Felictaciones, Kindra! You've worked hard to complete your degree, and I'm so proud of the work you have done. May God guide and bless your way as you move into a new stage of your journey.
    —Professor Velazquez

    Dear Kindra, I'm am so proud of you! I can still remember when you would sit in the front row of Intro to Sociology and just soak in each lecture and give me these encouraging nods and smiles. You have the purest heart, and I see Jesus in you. I am so excited for where God will take you as you combine your love for people and your love for language. You will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you also for being my TA! Congratulations on a job well done!
    — Dr. Stephanie Chan

  • To: Jose Mosquera
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor.
    —Profesora Reyes

  • To: Emily Payton
    Hey Emmers, we are so proud of you! You've worked hard to finish all the courses for your degree. Well done! And you have done exceptionally in every course too. We know the Lord will use you in amazing ways in the future. Cling to Him and He will always be there for you. We love you so much!
    —Mom and Dad

  • To: Natalie Chavez
    Hi, Natalie,
    I have so enjoyed having you in my classes! You are creative, poised, and confident. You are so engaged in class discussions and are able to articulate ideas so well. I think you will be a wonderful teacher if you choose that route, or if you choose another, I believe you will excel because of your marvelous personal qualities! I will miss you!
    —Professor Dewey

  • To: Andres Ramirez
    Andres! You're graduating! I'm so impressed by your hopeful spirit, your creativity, and your kindness. Talking with you in my office about poetry was delightful, as was getting to know you in Vision, Voice, and Practice. You bear the image of the Maker, so keep making stuff!
    —Professor Davidson

  • To: Tim Moldenhauer
    Congratulations, Tim! Best wishes for your future endeavors! I have so enjoyed having you in my classes! You have a deeply thoughtful, analytical mind as well as an insightful ability to see things from a Christian perspective. I have always appreciated your contributions to class discussions! I am sure you will do well at whatever you attempt!
    —Professor Dewey

    Tim – Your leadership, brilliance, and humility have been a blessing to me and our entire department. You are the type of person who shows up, rain or shine, ready to serve, lead, and inspire. That’s what you did in every class, in every session. And the next season of your life will be no different. God will continue to speak to and through you to inspire those around you. I will miss seeing you in class and will be praying for continued flourishing in the new chapters ahead!
    — Susan Lim

  • To: Whitney Siefken
    Hi, Whitney, congratulations to you on your graduation! We will miss you here at Biola. I have loved watching you develop and work through difficult challenges. You are thoughtful, sensitive, and very insightful. You have always made great contributions to class discussions. I am sure the Lord will use you in many different ways as you move forward! You will be a wonderful teacher! You have such a heart for people in addition to your sharp mind! May God go with you! 
    —Professor Dewey

    Whitney–I had the good fortune of having you in several classes, and watching you reach new heights has been such a privilege. Your writing skills and research abilities have grown exponentially. And also apparent has been the flourishing and deepening of your faith. Christ’s beauty and grace are apparent through you. Even in the valley, I’ve seen you (with coffee in tow!) fight the good fight of faith; and on the mountaintops, you always smiled with grace and humility. I will miss seeing you on campus, but know that we’ll be cheering you on wherever you go!
    — Susan Lim

  • To: Jack Ryan Wineke
    Hi, Jack! Congratulations on your graduation! You will go far, I am sure! You are creative, insightful, and a very committed believer. I have so enjoyed having you in my classes! I am sure you will go far! May you always stay faithful to the Lord. Prov. 3:5-6
    —Professor Dewey

  • To: Danette Mulvaney
    Hi, Danette, congratulations! I wish you the best as you pursue God's calling in your life! Please keep us posted about law school or other things you pursue. We will miss you and want to stay in touch! Best wishes. Prov. 3:5-6
    —Professor Dewey

  • To: Jessica Penner
    Hi, Jessica, I will miss you! I wish you the best and know that you will be successful whatever the Lord calls you to! I have already given you some comments in connection with EKE, and I want to affirm them here. You are a kind, delightful young woman who will go far in life!
    —Professor Dewey

    Jess – As a student-athlete, I’ve seen nothing but excellence from you as you applied both intense determination and prayerful consideration to every task. And you are incredibly gifted as a writer and thinker. Earlier in the semester, you wrote (on our prayer requests collected on the first day) that you needed Jesus “every day.” I see that in you – clinging to the Lord daily and living your life for His glory. You are brilliant and kind, sweet and generous. Thank you for being a blessing!
    — Dr. Susan Lim

  • To: Gabriel Plendcio
    Hi, Gabe, best wishes to you and congratulations! I am so glad to have had the privilege of knowing you over the last few years! I think you are so creative and love how you take initiative to pursue research that may not be the easiest. You have grown tremendously while here at Biola, and I love your spiritual sensitivity, too! I am sure the Lord will use you greatly! You will be a wonderful teacher! Prov. 3:5-6
    —Professor Dewey

    Gabe–You are a runner, both as an athlete and Christian. Heb 12:1-2, “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus.” Your faith is an inspiration to me and all those who know you. You point us to Christ in the big and small things you do (like when you shared about your friend and the surfboard–that was so touching). Earlier last semester you shared a prayer request to leave your future “in God’s hands,” and those words brought an image of His loving hands guiding you, every step of this race. Thank you for inspiring the Biola community. We will miss you!
    — Dr. Susan Lim

  • To: Nicolas Shin
    Hi, Nick, best wishes to you! I am sure the Lord will use you greatly! You have such a heart for Him and so committed to His ways. I feel privileged to have gotten to know you over the last few years and am sure God will use you greatly in His kingdom! I think you will be a marvelous pastor with your combination of intellectual gifts and your heart. Congratulations! Prov. 3:5-6
    —Professor Dewey

  • To: Daniel Su
    Hi, Des, best wishes and congratulations! I am so glad to have gotten to know you over the last few years. You are definitely one of the most kind, caring, and thoughtful students I have had! I so appreciate your concern over my little dog Cody over the years. I also appreciate your conscientiousness in your work. You were often a step ahead of me! I am sure the Lord will use you greatly as you leave Biola. I hope you will stay in touch with us! Prov. 3:5-6
    —Professor Dewey

    Des–From the start, I knew that you were brilliant (think Frankenstein paper!), but throughout the semesters I’ve seen hidden talents emerge (e.g. your acting skills on full display when we talked about Puritan ministers!). Because of you, our class laughed often and gleaned new insights. And because of you, many classmates felt seen, heard, and valued. You've gone out of your way to help friends, carry burdens, and encourage the hurting…all the while producing excellent work, pushing yourself academically, and pursuing godly living. I am so proud of you and pray His continued blessings on you!
    — Susan Lim

  • To: Kyle Alcosiba
    Hi, Kyle, I have missed seeing you in my classes this semester! You are so thoughtful and committed to Christ. I always appreciated your contributions to class discussions and have loved watching you grow in your ability to research and write! I am sure you will go far in life, wherever the Lord leads you! Please let me know how I can help out, and stay in touch! Prov. 3:5-6
    —Professor Dewey

    From essays to group projects, I’ve seen nothing but excellence and a prayerful spirit behind every assignment. And our conversations about your future plans seeped in such deep faith and trust in our loving heavenly Father. The way you talk about your earthly father and other family members also points to how you serve and love faithfully. You are a gift to Biola, and I have no doubt that you will be a blessing wherever God plants you in the seasons to come. You will be missed at Biola, so be sure to keep in touch!
    — Susan Lim 

  • To: Grace Deboer
    Grace, I'm so STINKIN' proud of you. You have lived your Biola experience to the max. From late-night adventures to loving your sociology and bible classes, to giving yourself to the RA and Peer Advisor experience and so much more. You really are a remarkable woman with wisdom beyond your years. You navigate life with integrity, joy and so much laughter. Praying for you in the adventure that is life ahead. That you will keep growing- seeking Jesus- and loving your neighbor. Love you!
    —Sarah Brown

  • To: Ian Spears
    Congrats, Ian! You made it! It has been a gift to know you as you have navigated these 4 years at Biola. To see the ways you have grown and served has been an encouragement to me and I am excited to see what the Lord has for you ahead. May you keep seeking His face and His Kingdom. Proud of you. Congrats!
    —Sarah Brown

  • To: Hannah Black
    Hannah, you were always a very participatory, engaged student in the classes you were able to take with me. I recall that you always asked relevant, thoughtful questions about the texts at hand, and I could always rely on you to have a knowledgeable opinion about the readings or discussions on the table on any given day. It was always a pleasure to have you in a class, and I wish you all the best as you move into the exciting future God has waiting for you.
    — Marc Malandra

    Hannah: It’s been a delight working with you these last couple of years! I really appreciate your enthusiastic spirit, your persistence, imagination, and your heart for multilingual students and people of different cultures. You’re kind and deliberate—two extremely important qualities—and I’m excited to see how your work and ministry will help many here in the U.S. and abroad. Congratulations!
    — Elmar Hashimov

    Hannah Black, congratulations on achieving this milestone! I can still picture you sitting to my left in the large class circle for Contemporary Women Writers. You were always one of the first to engage—offering insight or asking valuable questions. Your courage and enthusiasm to engage in meaningful conversations helped us all learn. All the best to you as you embark on the next stage in your journey.
    — Shelley Garcia

    Hannah, It has been a delight to get to know you, first in ENGL 190 and then again over the course of our Jane Austen adventures. I've so appreciated your positive, encouraging spirit and collaborative mindset, as well as your curiosity and eagerness to explore new ideas. You are a natural teacher, and I’d love to hear about your classroom adventures to come. Blessings to you as you begin this next chapter of life and ministry! Best,
    — Dr. Williamson

    Hannah, your relatively quiet and calm demeanor in class last fall belied a wonderful sense of humor and comic timing that was delightful and disarming. I also enjoyed your presence, insight, and preparation during the final oral exam. That showed the mark of a student who steps up when it matters. Congrats on the completion of this leg of your journey, and blessings to you as you embark on what’s next.
    — Christopher Davidson

  • To: Karrah Bakalar
    Karrah, I got to know you through advisement, and despite various academic challenges you had to traverse through, I was able to watch you become more serious as a writer, and as a person. Getting the chance to meet with you one on one allowed me to hear first hand your appreciation for many of the things that Biola has enabled you to achieve over the years. I wish you the best in all future pursuits.
    — Marc Malandra

    Karrah: Thank you for sharing your thoughtful contributions in my classes. You always had a way of injecting humor and comic relief to even some of the most serious discussions, and I appreciated that. Thank you also for sharing your passion for Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle with the rest of students in Realism & Naturalism! I wish you the best in your career as a librarian!
    — Haein Park

    Karrah: You’re hilarious. And sharp, a strong writer, and a creative thinker. I so enjoy (and will for sure miss) your unique insights and bold opinions. I will also miss your macabre take on literature (and life), and your bull’s-eye commentary on culture and society. Society! *shakes fist* Congrats on graduating! (and on soon becoming a punk book-jockey!)
    — Elmar Hashimov

    Karrah: I distinctly remember the moment last fall when you shared with our class what you *really* thought about Jane Austen; I was proud of you, in the weeks following, for giving her a chance & the benefit of the doubt, throwing yourself into her novels -- and sharing tea! -- until you could honestly say, by the end, that even though you still felt similarly, you could see what made her style so innovative and her ideas so challenging. Keep being you -- passionate about what you believe yet open to letting your ideas and interpretations be challenged and refined. Best,
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    Karrah, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you in class. You are funny, honest, and direct. Congrats! I hope all good things for you!
    — Christopher Davidson
  • To: Sarai Oh
    Sarai, your contributions to the classes you have taken here at Biola are all marked by your attention to detail and your nuanced reading of complicated texts. Most especially memorable for me are your contributions to Asian American literature, where you truly shined. Your input to class discussion and presentations were thoughtful, numerous and beneficial to all. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to see you thrive in your element here at Biola. I wish you the best in all your future endeavors.
    — Marc Malandra

    Sarai: I am so grateful that I got to know you throughout the past years. I have seen you mature and make thoughtful decisions about your classes and career and it has been a joy! Thank you for sharing your reflections during advising sessions and in my classes. I will always remember your calm presence, even during times when you were faced with many challenges. I wish you the best for the future!
    — Haein Park

    Sarai: congratulations on reaching this milestone! I so appreciated having you in Brit Lit years ago and getting to know you as a thoughtful and conscientious reader. Thanks so much for serving our department, too, as our PIA; you bring poise and gracious professionalism to your work that I know will serve you well as you move on to your next chapter. Best,
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    Well done, Sarai! I hope all good things for you. Godspeed as you continue your adventures beyond Biola!
    — Christopher Davidson

    Congratulations, Sarai, on your graduation. I recall your quiet, yet attentive presence in World Literature, as well as the thoughtful reflections in your essays. God bless you in your future endeavors!
    — Maria Wang
  • To: Brendon Sylvester
    It’s the rare individual willing to take on extra labor at the end of a college journey just for the joy of the experience. Tested by the touchstone, however, your gold proved true. Thank you for enriching our Arthurian Quest with your presence.
    —Professor Kleist

    Brendon, I only know you academically through one class, American Literature II, but even from that one course your thoughtfulness, desire to learn and scholarly skills were on display. I recall your presentation on T. S. Eliot, even this many years later, as being one that marked you as a Biola English major to follow. I hope you will be able to pursue all your future career dreams.
    —Professor Malandra

    Brendon: Your commitment to academic excellence will carry you far. Thank you for your insightful comments in my classes. You have enriched class discussion not only with your thoughtful analysis but also with your humor! Best wishes for the future!
    —Professor Park

    Brendon: It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and seeing you grow over the past couple of years. I’ve enjoyed your writing, your humor, and all the shenanigans—always. Congratulations!
    —Elmar

    Brendon, although it was only for a semester, I’m glad to have been a part of your Biola English experience. Your thoughtful engagement with the material and willingness to be introspective was so valuable, and I know those qualities will serve you well in your life and future career. Congratulations on achieving this milestone!
    —Professor Garcia

    Brendon: I still wish I could have seen you perform in Torrey's Pride and Prejudice, but I'm glad I got to see a tiny bit of your dramatic flair and a good deal of your analytical insight at work in class. You take such delight in immersing yourself in ideas, and it's been fun to hear about your intellectual adventures--and travels!--these past years. Congratulations on this milestone!
    —Dr. Williamson

    Brendon, I have admired the way you find joy in nuance, whether that be in academia, film, or human idiosyncrasies. You have definitely taken advantage of many opportunities in your college career, and I wish you the best of luck in the future.
    —Christine Watson

    Thank you for your wit and presence. You are a master of the inside joke, and it was a joy to work through that great piece you did for advanced comp and see it through to publication. I will miss your gracious good humor.
    —Professor Buchanan

    Brendon, your commitment to the bit, whatever the bit maybe, blessed me with both excellent comedy and serious writing. Thank you. I wish you all success as you move onto new adventures.
    — Christopher Davidson
  • To: Hannah Harkness
    Congratulations! I am so proud of you, and I am grateful to have had you in so many classes (from surveys to upper divs, independent studies and research assistantships) and to have had the opportunity to get to know you outside of class. You are not only a fearsomely smart and capable person, but you are a truly wonderful human. I celebrate you and all you’ve accomplished, and I will be cheering you on in whatever comes next.
    — Shelley Garcia

    Hannah: what a delight it has been to reconnect with you in World Lit, and to see, from two "bookend" perspectives on your Biola journey, how much you've grown in confidence as a scholar since FYS. Watching you in the classroom this semester--not only your insightful contributions to discussion but also the strength of character, gentle leadership, and deep empathy you bring to the community--has made me so thankful that you'll soon be in a classroom of your own. May you know God's peace & presence with you as you move to Texas and begin your new chapter of life & work! Best,
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    One of the greatest compliments I’ve ever heard was when my oldest son was explaining what he loved so much about his girlfriend: “Whatever happens,” he told me, “she always defaults to kindness.” That’s something I’ve always admired about you. You seem deeply, genuinely committed to kindness, and that’s a rare and wonderful thing to see in this cynical world. Thank you.
    — Paul Buchanan

    Hannah, Congrats! I am so proud of you! You have grown so much in the 3 years I have known you. It has been a gift to see the way you have taken painful circumstances and have chosen to keep fighting and to see beauty! You offer so much to the people around you when you bring yourself and it has been fun to see that. I am excited about what's ahead as you take a big step into the TX life. May you sense that the Lord walks ahead of you and is with you!
    — Sarah Brown

    Congratulations, Hannah, on the good work you did in our department and at our university. Though I never had you as a student, I’ve heard nothing but good things from my colleagues about your work and your presence. Onward!
    — Christopher Davidson
  • To: Laceyann Yates
    Laceyann, it has been wonderful to get to know you over the last several years. Your participation in the survey courses was exemplary, and your positive attitude is equally worthy of note. You have consistently blended your academic life here at Biola with a heart for missions, and it has been wonderful to see your love for people in other parts of the world. I hope that future mission trips will be viable sooner rather than later and that you will be able to use the skills you developed at Biola to truly thrive in your future career.
    — Marc Malandra

    Laceyann: It’s been so cool having you in different classes over the last couple of years, watching you grow in your writing and your confidence, reading and hearing about your ministry in Albania and Greece—and your heart for the Albanian and Greek people! Your honest yet kindhearted contributions and class discussions, and your servant’s heart have not gone unnoticed—both in and outside the classroom. Congratulations, and hope you get to travel and work overseas again soon!
    — Elmar Hashimov

    Laceyann, your heart for others shines through in your class interactions and in your ongoing commitment to serving others around the globe. You’ve been a wonderful contributor to our Biola community, and I am confident that you will be a blessing to all those you encounter. Congratulations on this achievement!
    — Shelley Garcia

    Lacey: you have thrown yourself into the work of these years with such intention, discipline, & joy. I've enjoyed seeing you at work in the library & learning about your passion for global ministry. And I've appreciated seeing you use your literary studies to develop your own pedagogical toolkit. As you noted in a reflection for our Austen class, you often think & process quietly but you push yourself to engage & collaborate with others in ways that are true to who you are. I know God will open exciting doors of teaching & ministry for you, in the years ahead. Congratulations!
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    Congratulations, Laceyann, on reaching this milestone. I hope all good things for you as you move on to the next stage of your journey. Onward!
    — Christopher Davidson
  • To: Elena Kim
    Elena, I have so admired the sweet spirit of cheerful endurance that you have brought to our labors, despite a difficult move and challenges at home that have made the semester much more challenging. It has been a pleasure to see your mind at work. Thank you for all you've brought to our Arthurian scholars.
    —Professor Kleist

    Elena, I so admire your curiosity and interest in others. You ask questions about people, and you listen, and you ask follow-ups to learn even more. “Attention is the rarest form of generosity,” Simone Weil wrote, and you are indeed a generous person. You're a thoughtful and creative writer isn't necessarily a bonus (you are an English major, after all!), but it does testify to how your character lends depth to your skills as a thinker and maker of sentences. Congratulations on a job well done!
    —Professor Davidson

    I recall how diligent you were in English 282, always wanting to be sure you were following the directions for assignments, concerned with how you were keeping up with the different periods we progressed through that term. You were an attentive, kind student and your presence will be missed. Best to you in all your future endeavors.
    —Professor Malandra

    Elena: Your warmth and thoughtfulness toward others and your creative approach to research and pedagogy have made our class at least 19% more fun and memorable (Buck is way off there). Seriously though, your intentionality and kind presence has spread into our classes and made them more lively. I’m so glad I got to experience that this semester before you graduate! Congrats!
    —Elmar

    It has been a pleasure to be a part of your time at Biola, from First-Year Seminar to Race and Ethnicity and later Intro to English Studies. Your curiosity and desire to learn have been present throughout, and I’ve appreciated the way your enthusiasm and good attitude have raised the classroom dynamic overall. I know you will bring that same intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm to your own classroom and students will benefit from your skill and your modeling of what it looks like to be a lifelong learner. Congratulations and all the best to you in the next stage of your journey.
    —Professor Garcia

    Elena: it's been a delight to see you grow in confidence and skill, between our Brit Lit class back in 2016 and our adventures in Jane Austen earlier this year. I've loved watching you ask increasingly probing questions and go down bold and creative interpretive paths. Thanks for being a consistently kind and gracious human being, too--I'm going to miss seeing you around campus!
    —Dr. Williamson

    I think I once told you that your presence in any class session made it about 18% more fun and memorable, and I realize now that I was erring on the side of caution. I will miss your bright, unflappable spirit. I always got the sense that you were rooting for me as I tried to get class discussions off the ground. Thanks for everything you did to make my job easier and class more enjoyable for everyone in the room.
    —Professor Buchanan

    Elena, while you were mostly quiet during class discussions in 370, I was always struck by your thoughtful and perceptive insights in your writing. Congratulations on this tremendous milestone! God bless you in all of your future endeavors.
    — Maria Wang
  • To: Adrianna Smith
    Among the blessings COVID has unexpectedly brought, Adrianna has been the chance to see you flourish online. Before, in class, I saw you concentrating but couldn't see your thoughts. Now, on Canvas, your writing has been filled with analytical insight and sensitivity that has enriched our whole experience. Thank you for allowing those skills to shine.
    —Professor Kleist
  • To: Rose Borrero
    Rose: Congratulations! I pray for grace and peace for you this summer and beyond. I so appreciate your honesty, your humor, and your perceptiveness. You read well, and that is no small thing. It's a skill to hone and carry with you as move onto the next leg of your journey. I am grateful I got to know a little bit about you this year.
    — Christopher Davidson

  • To: Kaitlin Yi
    Kale: I’m so glad to have gotten to know you a little bit these past few years. Your enthusiasm, resilience, and low-key presence--even when you’re honest about the challenges you’re facing--make you a student I am always glad to see. Plus you read poetry well. And you're funny. What I'm saying is, you'll be missed!
    — Christopher Davidson

    Kaitlin, your work in promoting the English Guild was an extremely worthwhile contribution to our department. I appreciate the level of service and devotion to the field of English that you exhibited. Your participation in the Guild events always showed you to be gracious and to have a good sense of humor. I wish you the best as you move on from Biola.
    — Marc Malandra

    Many thanks for your service to the English Guild! You have enriched the lives of many English majors at Biola through your work with the Guild. Thanks especially for all your creative ideas in making the Guild events fun and rewarding. I’m also grateful for the incisive comments you shared in English 281 and 390. We will miss you, Kaitlin!
    — Haein Park

    Kaitlin, it was a great pleasure to have you in Race and Ethnicity and then later get the opportunity to oversee your Torrey Thesis. It was so wonderful to watch you explore your own identity through literature and your own writing. I hope you will continue to read and explore works that are personally meaningful. Congratulations on this achievement and all the best to you on the next stage of your journey.
    — Shelley Garcia

    Kaitlin, thank you for all of your hard work to organize, advertise, and execute English Guild events, from the Christmas party to Zeitgeist. I'm so thankful for your efforts to build up our English community, with your creativity, enthusiasm, and a warm welcome to new folks, along the way. Blessings to you as you invest in the new communities God's preparing for you to be part of, in the months and years to come. Best,
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    You have the perfect balance of intelligence and snark. I always felt like I had to be on my toes when you were in the room, and that made me a better teacher and person. Thank you.
    — Paul Buchanan

    Kale: You’re so smart and such a good writer! I’ve enjoyed reading your work and otherwise interacting with you in class. I’m also grateful for your leadership within the English-major community. Congratulations!
    —Elmar

    Kaitlin, I enjoyed your presence so much in World Literature. Your enthusiasm, perceptive and attentive readings, and general affability always made you a welcome participant in class. I was even more delighted to have you in ENGL 253 the following year. That class (of which you were a vital participant), though small, will always stay in my memory as one of the fondest I’ve had the pleasure to teach. I know that you have persevered and worked hard to reach this milestone of graduation. Congratulations! God bless you in all of your future pursuits.
    — Maria Wang

    Kaitlin Yi: Brilliant, kind, funny, witty, faithful, sacrificial, articulate, wordsmith ... just a few words that come to mind when your name is mentioned. I still remember how you zipped into our Colonial America class on your scooter, sat down, and started saying the most insightful things! And, still, you continue to speak life wherever you tread. God has GREAT things in store for you. We will be cheering you on and praying for you every step!
    — Dr. Susan Lim

  • To: Bethany Foster
    Bethany, your sense of humor makes having a class with you always a pleasure. You’ve shown in the classroom both sincerity and healthy skepticism, an admirable combination of traits. Your writing is witty, charming, and earnest, and while you’re not the loudest in the classroom, when you do speak you manage to always say the right thing or ask the right question. You'll be missed.
    — Christopher Davidson

    Bethany: I’ve come to really really appreciate your wit, your writing, and your well-timed sarcasm over these last couple of years. I’m also grateful for your patience and engagement with all the complicated and often messy class projects, especially in this last semester. Your creativity keeps shining through. You’ve proven over and over again to be reliably astute, imaginative, and attentive to others’ needs. You rock! Congratulations!
    — Elmar Hashimov

    Bethany, it was wonderful to be a part of your Biola journey early on with the Intro to English Studies class and then have you later in the Contemporary Women Writers course (one of my most memorable teaching experiences). Your hard work and dedication were surpassed only by your good-natured approach to it all. Congratulations on this important achievement. I hope what you’ve learned here will serve you well in your future endeavors.
    — Shelley Garcia

    Bethany: what a joy it has been to get to know you in class and advising conversations over the past few years. You are honest and thoughtful, with an appreciation for practical thinking and a willingness to look at ideas from multiple angles. I've come to appreciate the little smile and twinkle in your eye that showcase your delightful sense of humor, too. Congratulations on this milestone and blessings to you as you move on to a new chapter of writing, life, and intellectual community! Best,
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    Thank you for your poise and patience and wonderful good humor. Your name, when it appeared on a class roster, never failed to give me a small ping of happiness and hope for the coming semester. I wish there were more students like you.
    — Paul Buchanan

    It was a pleasure to have you in two Victorian classes at Biola! I loved how you would often stay quiet in class, but when called upon to speak, would frequently say some of the most insightful and wittiest things. I saw you work hard at your writing and adopt skillful argumentative conventions by the end of 370, which was a pleasure to witness. I wish you the best in your future after Biola. Congratulations!
    — Maria Wang

  • To: Rachel Etzel
    Rachel, what a pleasure it was to have you in two classes last fall. I admired your candor when disclosing personal challenges even as I was consistently impressed by the work you made--creative writing that could be both serious and delightfully silly, critical work that was lucid and perceptive. I was especially struck by how you viewed (and analyzed) poetry with a disinterested eye while effectively integrating a personal stance that didn’t feel like navel-gazing but the assertion of a developed and still developing point of view. Bravo, Rachel!
    — Christopher Davidson

    Rachel, congratulations on achieving this milestone! Even if only for a semester, I am happy to have had the opportunity to get to know you during your time in the English department. I think fondly of our time in Sutherland, sitting in our large circle, discussing amazing texts and sharing our ideas and experiences. Thank you for your contributions to our learning. I hope you will take all you’ve learned while at Biola into your next stage of life. Blessings.
    — Shelley Garcia

    Rachel: what a delight it has been to get to know you in advising conversations and in-class over these past years. I have been encouraged by your intentional and prayerful approach to challenges and self-care. And I've loved seeing texts and ideas from your perspective, which is consistently thoughtful and attuned to moments of humor, whether you're wrestling with a complex critical conversation or turning Pride and Prejudice into poetry. May you always find joy in the written word and communities who love it as much as you do. Best,
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    Rachel,
    I'm so fortunate to have been able to have you in my classes during your time at Biola. You are a thoughtful reader and an insightful critic. Thank you for sharing your intellect and vision with our classes and for always being a person who demonstrated kindness to your fellow students (including me!). I pray that the Lord blesses you richly as you move on.
    — Aaron Adams

    Rachel, I will miss you. Every time I think of your piece for literary journalism I feel a little convicted that maybe I could put a little more effort into growing as a person and facing my own good number of fears. I’m going to miss you a lot.
    — Paul Buchana
  • To: Adrianna Smith
    Adrianna, prior to Fall 2019, we never had the opportunity to meet, but thankfully you were able to take the Cold War class, where you produced serious, thoughtful essays. I hope you will be able to achieve all your future career goals.
    — Marc Malandra

    Among the blessings COVID has unexpectedly brought, Adrianna has been the chance to see you flourish online. Before, in class, I saw you concentrating but couldn't see your thoughts. Now, on Canvas, your writing has been filled with analytical insight and sensitivity that has enriched our whole experience. Thank you for allowing those skills to shine.
    — Aaron Kleist

    Adrianna, although it was only for one class, I’m glad to have been a part of your Biola English experience. I hope what you’ve learned here will serve you well in your life and future career. Congratulations on achieving this milestone!
    — Shelley Garcia

    Congratulations, Adrianna, on a job well done! Onward!
    —Christopher Davidson

  • To: David Giles
    One of the great pleasures of the past couple of years has been getting to know you as a student, a musician, a generally interesting person. Your sense of humor, your fandom, your commitment to the projects you make have been consistently rich and inspiring. That I was able to introduce you to The Shaggs I regard as one of the high points of my teaching career. I look forward to receiving dispatches of sound and vision from your travels. Keep making things; keep sending them my way.
    — Christopher Davidson

    David, Your presence in my classes was a gift! You delighted us with your creativity and humor. How can I forget your group presentation on Frankenstein! You and Sidney did a marvelous job of humoring us with your performance. You also shared thoughtful comments during class discussion. Thank you for all your contributions! Congratulations and best wishes for the future!
    — Haein Park

    David: ...But who will nerd out over Tarkovsky and Björk with me?! …I mean, congratulations! I’m so glad I got to have you in class this semester because it would have been a crime—a crime I tell you—if that hadn’t happened. I’ve been impressed and delighted by your poetry, your erudite knowledge of obscure culture, your sense of humor, and general creative nerdery. Excited to see more creative work from you—writing, poetry, music. Way to go!
    — Elmar Hashimov

    David: thank you for bringing a spirit of refreshing honesty and fun to our classes. I loved seeing you connect literary texts to your life and art--for instance, letting "Persepolis" spark new thinking about political protest, and inviting us to experience, not just read about, life-giving Anglican rituals in "Persuasion." I hope this next chapter for you will be full of rich community and creative expression. Congratulations, David! Best,
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    What can I say, dude? Try as I might--and believe me: I plan to try--you will never, ever be forgotten.
    — Paul Buchanan

    David, it’s been a pleasure to get to know you better through advising these past four years and also through your presence in 370. Your quirky sense of humor, passion, and honesty has often made me smile. It has been neat hearing how God has been working in your life through your housing situation. I hope you will continue to bake bread, invest in the community, and introduce the rest of us to the art forms that you discover. Congratulations on this huge milestone; God bless you in the days ahead!
    — Maria Wang

  • To: Natasha Zartman
    There was a moment in one of our Romantic Poetry classes where you asked an honest question to your peers and to me about the implications, in light of our Christian faith, of what we were reading. I was struck by the question because to ask it required spiritual and intellectual vulnerability. You are a strong writer, a perceptive reader, and one of the hardest working students I know, but questions like that showed an admirable willingness to take risks in the pursuit of truth. May you never weary of that pursuit. Congratulations, Natasha.
    — Christopher Davidson

    Natasha, I am thankful that you decided to take English 460: Studies in Genre, Short Stories, this semester. How diminished would have been my experience with this group of graduating seniors if you had decided not to take this class? Your ability to cut into the core issues of a text, to articulate your understanding of how it functions on multiple levels, has been instructive for everyone. Your essays are some of the strongest I have received in recent memory, and your enthusiasm for your studies has been greatly appreciated. I wish you the best in all future endeavors.
    — Marc Malandra

    Natasha, you are a force, and I am excited for what your future holds. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know you during Race and Ethnicity and later in Contemporary Women Writers. You are so smart and driven, and I always admired how you dove into the learning, even when the topics were challenging. I think people might underestimate you at first, but anyone who pays attention soon notices you are fierce. Never be tempted to dim yourself to make others comfortable—the world needs what you have to offer! Congratulations, Natasha, on achieving this milestone.
    — Shelley Garcia

    Natasha: you're a gifted writer and thinker; I'm so glad I had the chance to see your mind--and your passion for justice--at work, during our semester of World Lit. Congratulations, and blessings to you! Best,
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    I was lucky to have you in one of your last classes at Biola and am so happy I was able to learn with you. Your keen mind and your insight into the central and abstract topics about which we were talking made our class a better place for all of us to learn. I pray God blesses you richly as you head into life after Biola! I know He will.
    — Aaron Adams

    I stand convinced that you are going to lead a fulfilling and remarkable life. Anyone who writes so well works so hard, and manages to carry herself with such aplomb is someone I’d buy stock in. You even had the patience to teach a grumpy old man how to Instagram. Take good care of that hedgehog. I will think of you every time I see one.
    — Paul Buchanan

  • To: Dahria Messina
    Dahria, the various travails you have had to endure during your time at Biola are a testament to your perseverance. Despite the difficulties you have experienced, you have managed to become one of the most articulate, talented students I have had the pleasure to work with over the last several years. Your insight into literature, from O’Connor through Atwood and many points in between, have been exemplary. Your talents as a writer of poetry are undeniable. I hope you will continue to nurture your gifts as a writer, reader and scholar. May God grant you peace and success in the years ahead.
    — Marc Malandra

    Dahria: You’ve accomplished so much here at Biola! Stay strong and persistent—I know you can. And congratulations on this important achievement!
    — Elmar Hashimov

    Dahria, it hasn’t been easy, but through perseverance and dedication, you’ve done it. Congratulations! From our first interactions, I was struck by your sharp mind and courageous spirit. You think deeply and are willing to question, never choosing simple answers over hard-won truths. It has been a joy having you in classes and a privilege to get to know you outside of those spaces. You have my heartfelt admiration and support. I am going to miss you, but know I am cheering you on!
    — Shelley Garcia

    Dahria: I just looked back at your FYS reflection on your StrengthsFinder results, which included not just the intellectual gifts that you so clearly demonstrate but also "strategic" & "futuristic." As you reflected then, you have big “dreams & ambitions” that sometimes “distract” but also “motivate” you. I have seen you pursue those dreams & navigate immense challenges with courage. I have often admired how you’ve reached out to pursue community, vulnerability, & hope even in dark moments. May you know, deeply & truly, as you begin a new chapter, that the best is yet to come!
    — Dr. Bethany Williamson

    Dahria, In my brief work with you as a TA for the EWP, I have found your keen observation of details and your willingness to find humor in small things to be a joy. I know your academic journey has been rife with challenges, but your perseverance in trials is admirable. God bless you in this next phase of life.
    — Christine Watson

  • To: Matthew Chan
    Matthew, it has been such a joy to see your progress through the Sociology program. I still remember when you were a little freshman in your first semester at Biola and meeting your family when they came to visit. I feel like we must be related somehow--our last names are Chan, we both know Greg Salgado, and we both did Mt. Hermon. When you were in my class I remember thinking, I hope when my sons grow up, they are as kind and cool as Matthew Chan =). Congratulations!!!
    — Stephanie Chan
  • To: HyunJi Song
    Hyun Ji, you made an immediate impression on me when you shared on one of our first days in Social Theory that you were pre-med but that you had chosen to major in Sociology because you knew that understanding people was such an important part of being a good doctor. I know that when you enter into your medical career, you will be an amazing doctor who not only cares about your patients' physical needs but also understands them more holistically. I'm excited to see where God takes you. Congrats!!
    — Stephanie Chan
  • To: Christopher Rodriguez
    Chris, you started your Sociology major later in your Biola career, but you took off running! It's been a joy to see how you've really embraced the sociological imagination. You came in with a really open mind and open heart, and we are so proud of how far you've come. You have truly persevered and earned this degree! Congratulations!!
    — 
    Stephanie Chan

  • To: Kristina Cruz
    Dear Kristina,
    It was such a pleasure to have you as a student in both Intro to Sociology and Social Theory. I love your heart for God's creation and your heart for God's people, and I can't wait to see how you combine these two passions together. Cheering you on! Congratulations on a job well done!
    — Stephanie Chan

  • To: Chastity Baeder
    Congrats, Chastity! I am so proud of you and am celebrating your tremendous accomplishment of earning a BA in Sociology. You did it! WOOHOO!
    — Jamie Sommerville
  • To: Elisia Sanchez & Milly Hodgins
    Congratulations on your graduation!!! You were such a joy to work with this year as PIAs and you blessed the CD staff, cohort, PIA team, and your major with your work ethic, kindness, and all-around awesomeness. I know there are great things in store for you in the future. May God bless you abundantly as you trust and follow Him. Miss you already!!!
    — Heather Martin
  • To: Jungwoo Shin
    Nick–Whether in Boston or La Mirada (or anywhere else), God has divine plans for your life. Watching you yearn for God’s will in all that you do has been a beautiful thing to behold. Your faith in our Lord and trust in His goodness are evident, especially in this pandemic. And besides your deep faith, these words come to mind as I think about you: brilliant, kindhearted, and trustworthy. I will miss hearing, “Good morning, Dr. Lim” on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and I will miss hearing your profound insights in class. Know that you will be missed and continually uplifted in prayer.
    — Susan Lim
  • To: Garrett Scannell
    Dear Garrett, it has been such a joy to watch your journey all the way from Intro to Sociology to now graduating! I have really appreciated your honesty and integrity. I will always remember your brilliant insight from the breaching experiment that when people act defiantly it causes others to dehumanize them. Excited to see where God takes you next. Congratulations on a job well done!
    — Stephanie Chan

Talbot School of Theology

  • To: Steven Park; Danielle Strickler; Jazmin Perez
    ¡Mil felicidades por este gran logro! Estoy muy orgullosa de ustedes por todo su esfuerzo. Estos son momentos difíciles pero nuestro Dios es más grande que cualquier virus. Estoy segura que Dios los va a guiar para que puedan encontrar el mejor camino para sus vidas. Con mucho amor, Profesora Reyes.
    — Itzel Reyes
  • To: Jacob Cooperstein
    Jake, I know we do not really know one another, but I want you to know I am so grateful for your contributions to the Theatre 21 family. We so appreciate you sharing your talent. May God richly bless your future endeavors! Warm regards.
    — Zachary Bortot
  • To: Alex Worthington
    Congratulations on your graduation!!! You were such a joy to work with this year as PIAs and you blessed the CD staff, cohort, PIA team, and your major with your work ethic, kindness, and all-around awesomeness. I know there are great things in store for you in the future. May God bless you abundantly as you trust and follow Him. Miss you already!!!
    — Heather Martin

  • To: Dee Jacocks
    Congratulations Dee!! What an incredible accomplishment this is for you! What a delight it has been to watch your journey over the past few years. You have been an incredible example of what it means to lean in, to speak the truth, and to be bold in the way you live your life. You are passionate and dedicated, and I am so excited to see how that is going to be used to not only impact the Kingdom of God, but to impact your community, and the world. I am so proud of all that you have accomplished and consider it such a joy to have been able to watch it unfold.
    — Heather Davenport

  • To: Keegan Elliott
    Keegan, I celebrate your accomplishment. You have worked so hard and I am so thankful for the way the Lord has used your hard work to help you keep growing. God bless the work of your heart, mind, and hands, Keegan. Well done! I am proud of you.
    — Karen Cartmell