Commencement InformationNOTE: 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.
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 hbu.edu/live.
Cap and Gown Information
Please contact the University Bookstore
for detailed information.
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 email@example.com
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.