Commencement Information

NOTE: Commencement dates for the 2016 academic year are May 14, 2016, August 6, 2016 and December 17, 2016. Information relevant to each ceremony will be posted nearer the date of the ceremony and will be emailed to graduating students' HBU email. If you are a May 14, 2016, graduate and have not yet filled out a Commencement Ceremony Participation Form, please do so now.

Important Information About The May 2016  Commencement Ceremonies!

The December Commencement ceremony will be held on the HBU campus in the Joella and Stewart Morris Cultural Arts Center in the Dunham Theater on Saturday, May 14, 2016:

In order to ensure adequate seating for faculty, graduates, and guest, three separate ceremonies will be held - one at 9:00 a.m, one at 11:30 a.m. and one at 2:00 p.m.

The 9:00 a.m. ceremony will honor graduates receiving the following degrees:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Languages
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Apologetics
  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts
The 11:30 a.m. ceremony will honor graduates receiving the following degrees:
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Counseling

The 2:00 p.m. ceremony will honor graduates receiveing the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science 

Graduates must report to Belin Chapel by 8:15 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ceremony, and by 10:45 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. cermony and 1:00 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. cermony. 

Ticket Information

Tickets will be issued for the Commencement ceremony. Each graduate will be allowed a certain amount of  tickets.Tickets can be picked up in the Office of the Registrar beginning Wednesday, May 4, through Thursday, May 12.  Any extra tickets will be released Friday, May 13, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Graduates may request additional tickets at the time, if available. Guests without a ticket will not be allowed entry into the Dunham Theater but will be directed to Belin Chapel to watch a live video feed of the ceremony. For guests that are not able to attend, online streaming will be available to view the commencement ceremony at

Cap and Gown Information

Please contact the University Bookstore for detailed information.

Ceremony Etiquette

The Commencement Ceremony is a most dignified ceremony. Decorum and courtesy are very important. Please refrain from moving around once you have entered the Theater and been ushered to your seat. Food and beverages are not permitted in the Theater during the ceremony. Helium balloons and air horns are not permitted.  Strollers cannot be brought into Dunham Theater.  For your convenience, we have a live video feed in Belin Chapel next to Dunham Theater.  For young children who are disruptive to the audience, we ask that you use this facility.  Guests with wheelchairs and other mobility assistance equipment should arrive early and see University hosts for help with special seating. You are requested to remain for the entire ceremony.  Guests arriving after the start of the ceremony will be directed to Belin Chapel.

The University provides a professional photographer for the ceremony. Photographs will be offered for sale by the vendor, Marc Nathan Photography, who will contact all graduates at their permanent address on file with the Office of the Registrar within a few weeks.  To contact the photographer, send an email to

Family members and other guests will be allowed to spend a short time in special areas near the front, off to the side. Please do not block the aisles or the view of others in the Theater, and please observe the directions of the University hosts and police officers.


Students will receive their diploma while participating in the commencement ceremony. Students not attending the commencement ceremony may pick up their diploma from the Office of the Registrar, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Photo ID is required.