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Shirley V. Hoogstra

Shirley V. Hoogstra became the seventh president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) in September 2014. In this role, Hoogstra combines her zeal for the rule of law and her passion for Christian higher education as she promotes the value and purpose of high quality, Christ-centered liberal arts education that shapes the heart, soul and mind.

Prior to her role at the CCCU, Hoogstra served for 15 years as vice president for student life at her alma mater, Calvin College. She also spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm specializing in litigation in New Haven, Conn. She has served on the boards of several community organizations and schools, including the New Haven County Bar Association and Calvin College. She earned a bachelor’s in education at Calvin and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Welcome to Biola University’s Spring Commencement, and congratulations to you who are graduating for finishing well. Today is a culmination of years of hard work and perseverance, which no doubt included valleys and mountaintops. Today is also a commencement of something new. The world needs what you have to give, equipped in mind and character to make a difference for the cause of the Gospel. May the relationships that have been formed, the wisdom you have gained and the knowledge that has been imparted stand you in good stead in the years ahead. Each one of you has been a special gift of God to Biola University and our prayers go with you as you take this important step in your journey.

—Dr. Barry Corey

Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California. For nearly 100 years, Biola has stood out as an institution grounded on biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development, and career preparation, where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.

The mission of Biola University is 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 145 academic programs through its eight schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D.