Commencement Information

August 2022 Commencement Program

NOTE: Commencement dates for the 2022-2023 academic year are August 6, 2022, December 16, 2022, and May 12, 2023.

Houston Baptist University will recognize all graduates from August 2022 at Dunham Theater inside the Joella and Stewart Morris Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM.

Graduates must arrive at the Belin Chapel 45 minutes before their scheduled ceremony time. Doors will open for guests at 8:30 AM. Only children 2 years of age or younger who will sit on a guest’s lap during the entire ceremony will not require a ticket. Overflow seating is available for guests without tickets in Belin Chapel.  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.

Live Stream the Ceremony

Six tickets will be allotted to each graduate. Tickets may be picked up during the Grad Fest on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

From Thursday, August 4, 2022 to Friday, August 5, 2022, 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).

If there are extra tickets, students may request up to two tickets on a first come first serve basis on Friday, August 5, 2022 in the Office of Academic Records starting at 9:00 A.M.

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 cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher may claim the honor cord at HBU’s University Store on Wednesday, August 3th, 2022. The University Store will also have honor cords available at Grad Fest and on the morning of graduation.

Dress Code
This is an important day and each graduate’s attire should reflect the occasion. Dresses, 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.  Effective July 1st, 2022, all regalia orders placed after the University Bookstore deadline will incur a $50 late fee. 


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
All other parking lots will be open for graduates and guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Campus map

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 (10) minutes prior to doors opening.

Cap and Gown Information

Please contact the University Store for detailed information.

Ceremony Etiquette for Graduates

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.