Prominent Evangelical Author Rick Warren to Speak at Biola's Centennial Commencement

May. 20, 2008 By Jenna Bartlo

LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Influential evangelical author and pastor Rick Warren will speak at Biola University’s Centennial year undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 24, at 9 a.m. The final event of Biola’s centennial year, the commencement will celebrate the largest graduating class in the University’s 100-year history, with 593 undergraduates and 328 graduates receiving degrees.

To commemorate the centennial year, Biola will bestow its graduates with a final graduation gift and the most important textbook they will need beyond college – a Bible. Each graduate will march into the ceremony carrying a special edition Bible signed by Biola president Barry H. Corey, representing Biola’s foundation on biblical truth. Graduates will carry away with them the solid biblical knowledge that their Biola education provided them with, taking it into their future careers and lives. An exclusive photograph will be taken of all graduates together raising their Bibles on this historical moment at Biola’s commencement.

Warren, recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 25 most influential evangelicals, is well known for his best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, which is rated as the best-selling hardback book in American history. He leads one of the largest churches in the nation, Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. His relationship with Biola is not a new one, as Warren has had two children graduate from Biola.

Graduate students and BOLD students will graduate on Friday, May 23, at 6 p.m. Speaking at the graduate commencement will be Al Mijares, newly elected member of the Biola University Board of Trustees and vice president of the western region of the College Board, publisher of the SAT, and former superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District, the fifth largest school district in the state of California.

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Biola University, founded in 1908, is an evangelical Christian university that has remained committed to biblically centered education for more than 100 years. Located in La Mirada, Calif., on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties, Biola is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “National University,” which they consider the “major leagues” of higher education. Biola offers 145 academic programs through its seven schools, ranging from the B.A. to the Ph.D. For more information, visit


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Jenna Bartlo
Biola University


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