Graduate Student Information

Commencement Rehearsal (Mandatory)

May 23, 2014
8:30 AM

Chase Gymnasium

Please arrive on time to receive your seating assignment.

Commencement Ceremony

May 23, 2014
10:00 AM

Metzger Lawn, Biola University

 

Commencement Speaker

Kay Warren, Co-Founder, Saddleback Church

Learn more

Loan Exit Workshop (Mandatory)

As all loans must be paid back, the federal government has made it mandatory that students complete a Loan Exit Seminar prior to graduation. This seminar will explain and help you understand your loan repayment. Please complete the following online seminar(s) for each category in which you received a loan. To determine the loans you received while at Biola University, please reference your Financial Aid documents or your student account billing statements. My.Biola provides information on the past year only.

If you have any questions regarding a loan in Category 1 please call the Educational Loan Specialist in the Accounting office at (562) 903-4760. If you have any questions regarding a loan in Category 2 please call the Financial Aid Office at (562) 903-4742.

Category 1: Loans held by Biola University

Complete online seminar if you took any of the following loans:

  • Perkins Loan
  • Nursing Loan
  • Biola Loan
  • Hermann Loan
  • FAS Loan
  • Yates Loan

Category 2: Stafford Loan

Complete Exit Loan Counseling

Graduation Counselors

Indra Ragoonanan and Christa McKirland
(562) 903-4720

For more information regarding Commencement, please contact University Events at 562.903.4855 or by emailing events@biola.edu.

Departure Cards

NO LONGER REQUIRED

Graduation Departure Cards are now being discontinued. However, please check with the accounting department to make sure your account is paid by graduation on May 23, 2014.

Transcripts

Your transcripts and diploma cannot be released until your financial obligations and other holds are cleared. Official transcripts may be requested via the internet (http://www.biola.edu/registrar/ - select "Order Transcripts"). Unofficial transcripts may be printed from my.Biola. For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar (562-903-4720).

Resources

Career Services

Career Services offers career services, a full library of resources for job opportunities, and an alumni networking program.

For more information:
Phone: (562) 903-4875
Career Services Website

Alumni

Alumni are entitled to numerous benefits that include free parking on campus, library access, insurance eligibility, discounts on tickets to various theme parks, Biola events, hotel chains, and much more.

Alumni Website

Talbot Placement Services

Talbot Placement posts all open pastoral/director ministry positions from churches that contact Biola University & Talbot School of Theology. The full lists are on a secured web site for both Biola and Talbot alumni and current students.

TJP Website

Department Contacts

MACA/MASR Graduates: Christy Brown
(562) 906-4570 or

MAEd & MAT Graduates: Kay Henry
(562) 903-4843 or

MBA Graduates: Christina Bullock
(562) 777-4015 or

MOL Graduates: Amy Lee
(562) 906-4571 or

Rosemead Graduates: Rachel Butag
(562) 903-4867 or

SICS Graduates: Thelma McLean
(562) 906-4577 or

Talbot Graduates:  Jamie Hausherr
(562) 944-0351 x3521 or

Receptions

Talbot Graduate Reception
Cafe Banquet Room
Immediately following the ceremony

Cook School of Intercultural Studies
Reception
Immediately following the ceremony

Caps & Gowns

Students can purchase cap and gown sets at Biola's Campus Store during regular store hours or by calling in an order to the campus store at (562) 903-4883.

Talbot Doctoral Students:
If you are a Talbot doctoral student, your regalia will be ordered for you by Jamie Hausherr at Talbot, and your cap, gown, and hood will be available for you to pick up in Myers Hall Room 200. The cost of the rental regalia is $50.00 and will be charged to your student account.

Since doctoral regalia are rented, doctoral graduates must return all regalia to Jamie Hausherr in Myers Hall Room 200 immediately following the commencement ceremony.

Cook School of Intercultural Studies Doctoral Students:
If you are a CSICS doctoral student, your regalia will be ordered for you by Thelma McLean X5686, and your cap, gown, and hood will be available for you to pick up in the CSICS main Office. The cost of the rental regalia is $55.00. Please pay the day of the pick up. Please bring your regalia to the Hooding Ceremony on December 20, 2013.

Since doctoral regalia are rented, doctoral graduates must return all regalia immediately following the commencement ceremony to Thelma McLean in the Marshburn Building.

Photography & Video

Grad Images will be taking professional photos at your Commencement Ceremony. Within 5 weeks of Commencement, you will receive a full-color proof and an order form at your permanent address from Grad Images. There is no obligation to purchase, and you’ll have the option of ordering from a variety of enlargement packages at very reasonable prices. For more information, please visit www.gradimages.com.

Biola’s professional film crew is producing a DVD of each ceremony that is available to purchase for $34.99 (plus your local sales tax; shipping is included in the price). Learn more and order your DVD. You may also purchase the DVD on site during Commencement rehearsals and ceremonies.

Diplomas & Frames

Once your academic requirements are complete and your financial obligations to the University have been met, your diploma will be mailed to you at the permanent address on your University record. Please check my.Biola and update your permanent address if necessary. Allow six to eight weeks for delivery.

Diploma frames are available for purchase at the Biola Bookstore.

For more information, please call Registrar's Office at (562) 903-4720 or the Bookstore at (562) 903-4883

Invitations & Class Rings

A Jostens representative will be in the Biola Bookstore to take orders at the Commencement ceremonies.

Order online

Flowers

PRE-ORDER AND SAVE 10% ON GRADUATION BOUQUETS & LEIS

Simply click the link below and type in “Biola University.” 

http://www.graduationdayflowers.com/products

Flower booths will be located around campus for pre-order pick up and purchase. Please visit the website above for product and pricing options.

More Information

For more information regarding Commencement, please contact University Events at 562.777.4062 or by emailing .

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