Commencement Information

December 2021 Commencement Program

NOTE: Commencement dates for the 2021-2022 academic year are August 7, 2021, December 17, 2021, and May 14, 2022.

Graduation Rain Plan Update

Due to pending projections for inclement weather and considering the safety of more than 3,000 graduates, faculty, staff and guests, the decision has been made to move Commencement to Friday, December 17, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Gates at Husky Stadium will open at 6:30pm for guest seating.

Graduates need to check-in with the Academic Records staff at the gate on the side opposite from the stands (near weight / locker rooms) at 6:30pm. Graduates will be seated on the field of Husky Stadium; guests of graduates will be seated in the stadium’s bleachers. Each graduate will be issued ten tickets for their guests.  ALL GUESTS INCLUDING CHILDREN WILL NEED A TICKET. 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.Graduates must arrive one hour before the start of the ceremony.


Ten tickets will be allotted to each graduate. Tickets may be picked up during the Grad Fest on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

From Friday, December 3, 2021 to Thursday, December 16, 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 #154). Students may request up to two additional tickets on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday, December 17, 2021 in the Office of Academic Records starting at 9:00 A.M. Graduates are able to designate a proxy to pick-up tickets on their behalf. Individuals picking up tickets will need to email the name of the individual you would like to pick up your tickets for you.

If you do not have the ability to pick-up your tickets at any time prior to Commencement, your tickets will be provided to you in the same manner that you will receive your regalia. Please email to coordinate regalia pick-up.

Honor Cords

Undergraduates students who have completed a minimum of 60 semester alpha-grade hours in residence at HBU and have earned a GPA of 3.50 or higher may claim the honor cord at the HBU Bookstore on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

 Dress Code

As the ceremony is outside, graduates should dress according to the weather conditions.  Additionally, footwear is restricted to flat shoes or tennis shoes. Absolutely no high-heeled shoes are allowed on the stadium turf.

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 Husky Stadium field.

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.

 Parking & Drop Off Area

Guests who need ADA accessible parking, with a disability parking placard, may park in Lot 5. (Campus map)  Lot 5 is also available to drop-off graduates and guests; vehicles will then be directed to park in adjacent parking lots.  All other parking lots will be open for graduates and guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Special Accommodations

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

Live Stream the Ceremony

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 December 15, 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..-.