Commencement Information

August 2021 Commencement Program

NOTE: Commencement dates for the 2021-2022 academic year are August 7, 2021, December 18, 2021, and May 14, 2022.

Houston Baptist University will recognize graduates from August 2021 in two commencement ceremonies at Dunham Theater inside the Joella and Stewart Morris Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, August 7, 2021 based on the following schedule:

Ceremony #1 will be held at 9:00 A.M. | Doors for guests will open at 8:40 A.M.

  • Archie W. Dunham College of Business
  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering

Ceremony #2 will be held at 11:30 A.M. | Doors for guests will open at 11:10 A.M.

  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Christian Thought
  • School of Nursing and Allied Health

Participants must arrive at the Belin Chapel 45 minutes before their scheduled ceremony time.

Diploma Pick up

We invite you to come to the Office of Academic Records, Brown Building, Office 155 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to pick up your diploma1 according to the schedule below.

  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – First names starting with “A” through “J”
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – First names starting with “K” through “Z”
  • Thursday, September 9, 2021 – Open for those unable to come at your date above
  • Friday, September 10, 2021 – Open for those unable to come at your date above
  • Monday, September 13, 2021 – Mailed to the address listed above for those who requested it

1 In order to receive your diploma (as well as review grades and/or request transcripts) any balance you may have must be paid in full. For the convenience of those who may have a balance, payments can be made online as follows: Log in HuskyNet –> Select “Student & Financial Aid”–> Select “HBU-Make a Payment/Payment Plan” –> Click “Continue.”


Eight tickets will be handed to each graduate. Tickets may be picked up during the Grad Fest on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.

From Thursday, July 29, 2021 to Thursday, August 05, 2021, graduates may pick up their tickets during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) in the Office of Academic Records (Brown Administrative Complex #152). If there are extra tickets, students may request up to two tickets on a first come first serve basis on Friday, August 6, 2021 in the Office of Academic Records starting at 9:00 A.M. For family, friends, and guests that are not able to attend, online streaming will be available for viewing the commencement ceremony at on Channel 1.

Dress Code

This is an important day and each graduate’s attire should reflect the occasion. White or light-color shirts or blouses and dark slacks and shoes are appropriate; jeans are not appropriate. Purses, suit coats, or other valuables must remain with a graduate’s guests as these will not be allowed on the Dunham Theater.

Cap & Gown

Graduates receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree must arrive wearing their gown (ironed and zipped up), hood, cap on their head, and tassel on the right front side of the cap. Bobby pins may be used to secure the cap. Doctoral graduates should dress as outlined above except for the hood, which should be carried separately.

Caps must not be decorated, and the elastic is worn at the back of the head. Graduates who received honor cords may wear them during the ceremony with the middle knot of the honor cord behind the neck and the honor cords on top of the gown. The University Store (281.649.3258) may be contacted should any graduate lack a cap and gown.

Special Accommodations

Limited special accommodation seating for guests will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests in need of these seats must arrive at the door 5 minutes prior to doors opening.

Live Stream the Ceremony

We are looking forward to celebrating with you at Commencement this weekend.  Given the latest developments in the growing prevalence of the COVID-19 Delta variant, HBU wants to update you in our effort to create the safest possible environment for all those participating and attending as guests.

Houston has been designated as an area of high transmission of COVID-19 Delta Variant.  Considering this new development:

  • There remains no better defense against the spread of COVID-19 than vaccination, but even if you are fully vaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, you can spread the virus to others.  To maximize protection and prevent possibly spreading it to others, it is recommended for even vaccinated individuals to wear a mask indoors in public.
  • If you have not been vaccinated at least two weeks prior to Commencement, HBU strongly urges you to mask while indoors.
  • Masking will be optional for all attendees, but recent CDC guidance suggests this would be a prudent choice.

If attending in person, all guests will be directed to exit the building as soon as all graduates and faculty have exited.  Please plan to meet your guests at an outdoor landmark.

The Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed at on Channel 1.  Please consider this option for any unvaccinated guests, especially those designated as high-risk.

Cap and Gown Information

Please contact the University Store for detailed information.

Ceremony Etiquette for Graduates

Undergraduate students achieving the appropriate GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude may pick up their honor cords from the bookstore on Wednesday August 4, 2021.  The bookstore will also have the honor cords available graduation morning.  Approved honor cords from the following Honor Societies may also be worn during graduation – Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing), Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology), Psi Chi (Education), Kappa Delta Pi (Education), Phi Alpha Theta (History), Delta Mu Delta (Business), Beta Beta Beta (Science/Math), Omicron Delta Kappa (Science/Math), Iota Sigma Pi (Science/Math), Alpha Epsilon Delta (Science/Math), Alpha Chi, Sigma Pi Sigma, Theta Alpha Kappa (Christianity),  American Red Cross & Alpha Mu Gamma (Spanish)Honors College students may also wear their Honors College medals. Sorority or fraternity sashes, stoles, and medallions are not allowed for the commencement ceremony.

Degrees with Distinction

Honors at graduation are awarded to undergraduate baccalaureate students who have completed a minimum of 60 semester alpha-grade hours in residence at HBU and have earned an appropriate number of grade points to be eligible for the honors indicated. An average standing of 3.50 or higher entitles the student to graduate cum laude; 3.70 or higher magna cum laude; 3.90 or higher summa cum laude.