Plan Your Visit

Transportation and Parking

Parking Map and Tips

  • All parking spaces throughout campus are available for Commencement guests. Parking permits are not required for this event. For the convenience of our guests Lot R, S and K are parking structures near the Commencement Ceremony held on Metzger Lawn (between buildings number 41 and 43 on the campus map).
  • Please display a state-issued placard when parking in designated ADA parking areas. Lot O will be used as a drop off area for guests with limited mobility for close access to the ceremony. Lot O will also be used for ADA parking.


  • Need directions to Biola's campus? See the map below for more!

    Get Directions

Venue Policies

Admission and Tickets

  • Each graduate will receive a Commencement Ticket email in March with instructions for requesting complimentary tickets.
  • Tickets allow guests access into the Commencement Ceremony, but do not reserve a specific seat. All seating is available on a first come, first ushered basis. All guests are required to have a ticket to enter the Commencement ceremony, except for children who will be sitting with a family member and not using an additional seat.
  • We recommend arriving an hour and a half prior to the ceremony. Doors will open an hour and a half before the ceremony.
  • The Ticket Sales Team at the Biola Campus Store will be facilitating Commencement ticket distribution.


  • Strollers are not allowed on the lawn and may not be left in the aisle ways. We will have a stroller parking area outside of the venue due to space restrictions and fire regulations. If possible we recommend leaving strollers at home or in the car.

Items Not to Bring

  • Balloons, large gifts, coolers and noisemakers are not allowed inside the Commencement venue. Please leave these items in your car or check them at the commencement entrance.


  • You are welcome to photograph and videotape the ceremony from your seat, but please be courteous to those around you. We have a professional photography company that will be taking pictures of your graduate. Graduates will be contacted after commencement with purchasing options. Remember that we're filming as well, and will be providing a high-quality DVD for an incredible price.

    Order Now

Accessible Accommodations

  • There will be special seating for guests using wheelchairs and accommodations for the deaf at the ceremony. A sign-language interpreter will be present in the front of the hearing impaired seating section.
  • Please display a state-issued placard when parking in designated disabled parking areas. Campus Safety officers will direct guests to areas designated for handicap parking.
  • Can't make it to Biola? We will be streaming live video starting a few minutes before the ceremony, so watch or bookmark the Watch Live page.


Check out our on campus dining locations while you are on campus!

  • Café
  • Eagles Nest
  • Common Grounds
  • Heritage Café
  • Talon

See Hours Here



Biola Sponsor Hotels

If you are looking for a place to stay during your visit, see our list of sponsor hotels!

Biola Sponsor Hotels

Other Local Hotel Options

NOTE: Biola University provides this listing only as a service to our students. Biola does not have a business relationship with any of the companies listed and does not recommend or guarantee any of these services

  • Residence Inn Marriott
    • 3.4 miles from Biola
    • (714) 523-2800
  • La Quinta
    • 4.0 miles from Biola
    • (714) 670-1400
  • Double Tree By Hilton
    • 4.1 miles from Biola
    • (562) 863-5555
  • Marriott
    • 12.0 miles from Biola
    • (714) 750-8000