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A total of 1,118 students participated at Biola University’s Spring 2024 commencement as they completed their journey as an Eagle. Approximately 800 undergraduate and 318 graduate students took part.

The following local undergraduate residents were:

Jenna Mindel of Newport Beach, majoring in Journalism & Integrated Media

Alexandria Cefalu of Newport Beach, majoring in Psychology

Gabriella Ganem of Newport Coast, majoring in Psychology

Gianna Lee of Newport Coast, majoring in Kinesiology

Karina Cramm of Newport Beach, majoring in Bible, Theology and Ministry

This collegiate class is part of the generation of students who may not have had a high school graduation due to pandemic cancellations, so Biola made the experience extra special for them.

Social media mogul, “magical” filmmaker and Biola alumnus Zach King (‘12) delivered the keynote address with several interactive surprises for graduates to experience at the ceremonies.

Prior to finals week, students had a chance to attend Biola’s Grad Fair, a celebration with various booths they could visit to help prepare them for life after graduation, including a station where students could make a tassel with their high school colors to honor the school from which they may not have been able to walk in a ceremony.

Founded in 1908, Biola is committed to the mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service – equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. With more than 5,000 students at its Southern California campus and around the world, Biola’s eight schools offer more than 250 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.


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