Commencement Information

NOTE: Commencement dates for the 2021 academic year are May 15, 2021, August 7, 2021 and December 18, 2021.

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.

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

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


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 Registrar’s Office (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 Registrar’s Office 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

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.