Plan Your Visit

Transportation and Parking

Parking 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 in Chase Gymnasium (building number 19 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.

Campus Maps


  • Please note, major construction is occurring on the freeways surrounding our campus. Please check my5la for weekly updates on closures and delays.
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Venue Policies

Admission and Tickets

  • Each graduate will receive a commencement ticket email 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.
  • Lansing Auditorium in the Conservatory of Music (building 17 on campus map) will be available as an indoor seating location with a live stream of the commencement ceremony. Tickets will be required to enter.


  • Strollers are not allowed in the commencement venue 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, backpacks, umbrellas 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 video 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.

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Accessible Accommodations

  • Please display a state-issued placard when parking in designated disabled parking areas. Campus Safety officers will direct guests to Lot O as well as the 1st level of parking structure S, which are designated for handicap parking.
  • Accommodations for the deaf at the ceremony will also be available. A sign-language interpreter will be present in the front of the ASL seating section.
  • For guests that are hearing impaired, hard of hearing devices are available. Please email to reserve the device and receive instructions.
  • 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

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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