Biola University Welcomes New Students

President Barry H. Corey commissions students to be enlightened by God’s truth

Aug. 28, 2017 By Jenna Loumagne

Nearly 1,262 new undergraduate and 593 graduate students commenced their collegiate journey at Biola University on Monday, Aug. 28. Biola President Barry H. Corey commissioned the students, who represent 40 countries and 45 states and U.S. territories, to glorify God through all that they do at the Fall 2017 Convocation chapel on Aug. 28.


“Students, you are called to declare the glory of God because you are his inheritance,” said Corey. “So, when you create a piece of art or perform in the conservatory of music or run with all you have at a track meet or serve others in leadership or work in a local church, you are reflecting the glory of God.”


He challenged students to be enlightened so that they may know God more, bringing Ephesians 1:16-19 into focus: “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength …”


“Illuminated hearts see more and more that all we do points to the glory of God, for you are God’s glorious inheritance,” said Corey. “May the eyes of your heart be illuminated so that you know the hope you have in Christ, the glory you reflect of God and the power you possess in the Spirit.”


This year’s Chapel Programs and Student Development theme at Biola is “Illuminate,” which is Paul’s prayer that our hearts would be more and more enlightened as we receive from God “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.” Within the framework of this year’s theme, the Spiritual Development department will pray the prayer “Illuminate us” drawn from Paul’s prayer for the churches in Ephesus that they would receive from God “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation” (Ephesians 1:17-18).


The incoming 1,262 undergraduate students began to arrive on campus Thursday, Aug. 24. Student leaders and employees decked out in Biola red welcomed new residential students and their families, helping them carry in boxes and get situated in their new homes.


Corey held a welcome celebration for new students and their families Thursday evening, looking ahead to the upcoming year, followed by a communion service Saturday evening that allowed students time to reflect on the grace of God in their life stories and end the evening praying and saying goodbye to their families. Student Orientation Services (SOS) hosted a slew of other events throughout the weekend to prepare new students for their Biola journey. Parents and families were able to attend information sessions hosted by Parent Relations as well.


Biola also welcomes 17 new faculty members this semester. Learn more about Biola’s new faculty members.


Written by Jenna Loumagne, media relations specialist. For more information, contact Jenna at 562.777.4061 or



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