0 Houghton students walking down sidewalk with bagpipers during commencement.

Class of 2024 Launches Future with Fearless Conviction

May 11, 2024

Houghton University welcomed the newest alumni at the commencement celebration on Saturday, May 11.

Among the 191 graduates of the Class of 2024, 19 students have earned associate degrees, while 154 have obtained bachelor’s degrees and 17 have achieved master’s degrees. Notably, 31 students have double majored and an impressive 96 students graduated with honors, exemplifying their commitment to academic excellence. These graduates hail from around the globe, including Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Jamaica, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, and the Netherlands.

The Class of 2024 has pursued a wide range of majors, with education, psychology, communication, business, art, and music emerging as the top fields of study. Through their dedication and hard work, these graduates have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to make a positive impact in their respective industries. Already, 65% have plans after graduation, including securing job offers or acceptance into graduate programs.*

The Class of 2024 Snapshot


191 Graduates

31 Double Majors

96 Graduates with Honors

Degree Types

Top Majors

Plans Before Graduation

65% of respondents reported already having been hired or accepted to graduate school before graduation. Plans include employment, graduate school, military and volunteer service.

*Based on First Destination Survey for the Class of 2024

Country of Origin


Dr. Wayne Schmidt, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church, delivered an inspiring address to the graduates titled, “Live Humbly and Courageously.” His words of wisdom and encouragement emphasized the importance of listening to God. “Live humbly,” he urged, highlighting the life principle found in Psalm 138:6, which states that God opposes the proud but extends grace to the humble. Schmidt underscored the significance of leaning on God and humbly seeking His guidance throughout life’s journey. Drawing on the insights shared at baccalaureate service by Ransom Poythress, Ph.D. and the graduates, Schmidt quoted the biblical command to be strong and courageous. His words served as a reminder to live humbly, listen to God and embrace courage in all aspects of life.

Dr. Wayne Schmidt speaks to graduates at commencement 2024
Graduates toss caps in the air in front of the chapel at commencement 2024

Congratulations to the Class of 2024 at Houghton University! As we celebrate your achievements and commend the resilience of your class—who began their Houghton journey during the COVID-19 pandemic—we are confident that you will thrive as scholar-servants, making an impact through your careers and families with excellence for the glory of God.