Commencement Information

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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 May 2021 in two commencement ceremonies at Husky Stadium/Dunham Football Field on Saturday, May 15, 2021 based on the following schedule:

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

  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Christian Thought
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Humanities

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

  • Archie W. Dunham College of Business
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • School of Nursing and Allied Health

Should inclement weather conditions prevent the Saturday commencement ceremonies, they will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Ceremony #1 will be held at 5:00 P.M., and ceremony #2 will be held at 7:30 P.M.

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 6 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 HBU.edu/live on Channel 1.

Tickets

Six tickets will be handed to each graduate. Tickets may be picked up during the Grad Fest on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

From Friday, May 7, 2021 to Friday, May 14, 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). As HBU will be following the social distancing guidance from the CDC, we regret that there will be no additional tickets available.

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, May 12, 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.

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.

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-serve basis. Guests in need of these seats must arrive at the gates 5 minutes prior to gates opening.

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.

Each doctoral graduate will be hooded at the 40-yard line of the football field before moving to the 50-yard line for their professional photo.  Doctoral graduates must wear the face mask while being hooded, but may remove it for the photo.

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!

Diplomas

The Office of the Registrar will be mailing out diplomas. If your mailing address has changed, please contact grad@hbu.edu 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 May 12, 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.

 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.