Commencement Information

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NOTE: Commencement dates for the 2020 academic year are May 9, 2020, August 8, 2020 and December 12, 2020.

Graduation Announcement for December graduates:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 12, 2020! Two ceremonies will be held on campus at Husky Stadium .

Should inclement weather conditions prevent the Saturday commencement ceremonies, they will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Ceremony #1 will be held at 1:30 P.M., and ceremony #2 will be held at 5:30 P.M.

Ceremony #1 will be held at 10 a.m. Gates for guest will be open at 9 a.m.

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

Ceremony #2 will be held at 2 p.m. Gates for guests will open at 1 p.m.

  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Nursing and Allied Health

Participants must arrive one hour before their scheduled ceremony time.

The safety of our largest graduating class and their loved ones is HBU’s priority. All CDC, as well as state and local guidelines, will be followed. For participants and guests, face masks must be worn at all times. 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 six tickets for their guests.  ALL GUEST WILL NEED A TICKET INCLUDING CHILDREN. 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.

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.

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.

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.

The HBU administration, faculty and staff look forward to celebrating this significant achievement with our graduates and are so proud of all our graduates and their families for their hard work and dedication. Dawgs up!

The following is important information about the December 12, 2020 graduation ceremonies.


A maximum of six tickets will be emailed to each graduate via the graduate’s HBU email address. ALL GUEST WILL NEED A TICKET INCLUDING CHILDREN. As HBU will be following the social distancing guidance from the CDC, we regret that there will be no additional tickets available.  All tickets will be emailed no later than Thursday, December 10, 2020.  If any graduate has not received their tickets by noon, December 10, graduates are asked to contact HBU at 281.649-3000.  The HBU HelpDesk should be contacted at 281.649.3410 if a graduate experiences difficulty in accessing their HBU email account.

Face Masks

All graduates are requested to wear a disposable mask until arrival at the check-in location at the football field; at this point, graduates will discard the disposable mask and receive a commemorative face mask.  We are delighted to offer the commemorative face mask to each graduate as a gift.

Special Accommodations

Limited special accommodation seating is available for guest and must be requested prior to ticket distribution. If a graduate or graduate’s guest need special accommodations, HBU may be contacted at 281-649-3000.

Professional Picture

After receiving a commemorative diploma tube, each graduate will walk to the podium for their name to be called.  Graduates will then process to the marked mid-point (40-yard line) to wait for the preceding graduate’s photo; at this mid-point, graduates may remove their face mask and walk to the 50-yard line for their professional photo opportunity.  While processing back to their seats, graduates must put their face mask back on.


Starting Friday, December 18, 2020, the Office of the Registrar will be mailing out diplomas. If your mailing address has changed, please contact with your new address.

Live Stream the Ceremony


Seating Map for Commencement

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 9, 2020.  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.

 Please DO NOT bring purses, suit coats, or other valuables on to the football field.

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.