Graduate/Doctoral/Degree Completion Student Information

Commencement Rehearsal (Mandatory)

May 27, 2016
12:30 PM

Tennis Center, Biola University

Please arrive early to receive your seat assignment

Commencement Ceremony

May 27, 2016
2:00 PM

McNally Lawn, Biola University

Please arrive to the Graduate Staging Area by 1:30 pm

Commencement Speaker


Talbot Baccalaureate Service

May 26th, 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Mirada. See detail.

Loan Exit Counseling (Mandatory)

As all loans must be paid back, the federal government has made it mandatory that student borrowers complete Loan Exit Counseling prior to graduation. This counseling will explain and help you understand your loan repayment. Please complete the following online counseling 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.

Category 1: Loans held by Biola University

Complete online counseling  if you have any of the following loans:

  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Nursing Loan
  • Biola University Loan
  • Hermann Institutional Loan
  • Freeman-Aitken-Sommerville (FAS) Institutional Loan
  • Helen Grace Colbert Yates Institutional Loan

If it is your first time logging in, you will need your Heartland Key, which can be obtained by calling Heartland ECSI at (888) 549-3274. If you have any questions regarding a loan in Category 1, please contact the Educational Loan Specialist or Administrator in the Accounting office at (562) 903-4760.

Category 2: Stafford Loan

Complete Exit Loan Counseling

If you have any questions regarding a loan in Category 2, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (562) 903-4742.

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

Departure Cards


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 27, 2016.


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


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 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

Frequently Asked Questions


Tickets are not required for the Graduate Ceremony.

Grad Finale

Biola Store on Thursday, March 17, 5:00 – 7:30 PM
Cap & Gowns: All cap and gowns will be on sale at this event!

2 easy ways to order:
Visit the Biola Store or by calling 562-903-4883.

For more details please see the Grad Finale Flyer.

Department Contacts

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: Patti Colombo
(562) 903-4844 or

Talbot Graduates:  Jayne Terasawa
(562) 944-0351 x3521 or jayne.terasawa

MACA/MASR Graduates: Megan Stricklin and Laura Walton 562.906.4570 or 



Please check with your department for individual reception information.

M.A. Christian Apologetics/ M.A. Science & Religion

Hooding Ceremony and Banquet

Thursday, May 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Andrew’s Banquet Room, Talbot East

Cook School of Intercultural Studies
Immediately following Commencement: CSICS will host a reception for graduates and their guests in the Marshburn Lobby

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 and your cap, gown, and hood will be available for you to pick up at the D.Min. and Ph.D./Ed.D. Offices the week of graduation. The cost of the rental regalia is $50.00 (cash or check made out to Talbot School of Theology) and payment will be due to your department administrative coordinator at the time of pickup.

Since doctoral regalia are rented, doctoral graduates must return all regalia to their department administrative coordinator within one hour after the conclusion of 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 Patti Colombo X5740, 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 May 26, 2016.

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



Download Flyer

Wearing an orchid lei during commencement is a Biola tradition.  You can pre-order your lei online to ensure you'll be photographed wearing it when receiving your diploma. Click the link below for discounted pricing!

With Graduation Day Flowers, buying your graduate flowers is easier than ever. Graduation Day Flowers allows family and friends to save time by placing a bouquet or lei pre-order. This process relieves the hassle of buying flowers on the day of graduation and ensures adequate supply.

Graduation Day Flowers offers exceptional quality flowers coming in a variety of options to select from. Once an order is placed the work is done. All bouquets and leis are sent directly to Biola where they can be picked up on the day of the commencement ceremony at any Graduation Day Flowers booth around campus.

Shop now and benefit from promotional pricing. Simply click the link below and type in “Biola University.”

Photography & Video

All Graduates and their guests are invited to gather on Metzger Lawn for a photo opportunity with Biola banners and the famous Biola Alumni Packard car. The photo opportunities will be available before and after the Commencement Ceremony.

Grad Images will be taking professional photos at your Commencement ceremony. Within five weeks of commencement, each graduate will receive an email (which you will provide at rehearsal) from Grad Images with your full-color proofs. There is no obligation to purchase, and you'll have the option of ordering from a variety of enlargement packages at reasonable prices. For more information, please visit

If you have questions about your commencement photos or need help ordering, please contact Grad Images directly:

Biola will be producing a commemorative DVD of your Commencement ceremony. This DVD will feature the full Commencement message from your speaker, Paul Marshall as well as special features, such as a La Mirada campus tour, a special message from President Barry H. Corey and the ability to jump forward to individual graduates divided by major. These DVDs are only $34.99 including shipping and are available through the Commencement website. Learn more and order your DVD. Additionally, if you order your DVD on or before the day of your Commencement ceremony, you will receive an additional copy at no charge.

Biola will also be offering a digital download option for each ceremony. Details will follow in later Commencement communication. 

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

Jostens will have a representative to take orders on Thursday, March 17th from 5:00pm-7:30pm at the bookstore. To purchase announcements and rings after this date go to or call 1-800-854-7464.

More Information

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

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