Commencement

Join us in celebrating our 2023 graduates!

Check back for regular updates.

Updated: 11/22/2022

Baccalaureate

Friday, May 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
John and Charles Wesley Chapel, Houghton, NY 

In-person worship service. Parents, family members, and friends are invited to attend this worship service as students, faculty, and staff express their gratitude to God and reflect on their years together at Houghton. The livestream will be available on the Houghton University homepage. 

Commencement

Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
John and Charles Wesley Chapel, Houghton, NY  

In-person graduation ceremony. Parents, family members, and friends are welcome to attend. This will be a ticketed event – each graduate will receive 3 tickets for guests to attend in person. The livestream will be available on the Houghton University homepage. 

Buffalo Commencement Celebration

Date and Location to be Announced January 2023

In-person graduation celebration. Parents, family members, and friends are welcome to attend this special event in Buffalo, NY. Houghton University Buffalo students are invited to participate in both the commencement ceremony in Houghton, NY (May 12-13) and the Commencement Celebration in Buffalo, NY. This will be a ticketed event – each graduate will receive information about ticketing for guests.

Dear Families of Graduating Students, 

It continues to be a great honor to serve Houghton University. Daily, I get to be a part of what God is doing at and through Houghton with the preparation of young people who will go boldly into the world as scholar-servants and ambassadors of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We are looking to our Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies in May and I anticipate a wonderful weekend celebrating our students’ accomplishments during this important rite of passage. Our Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Ceremony are very special events for all of us who have been involved in the lives of our graduating seniors. The Class of 2023 has demonstrated determination and creativity in completing their Houghton degrees and we look forward to celebrating their academic achievements. 

Here you will find the most recent information for this year’s Commencement weekend. We will be making updates monthly and then starting in mid-February, we will update every Monday. So please check back from time to time as we do expect there will be some changes along the way. 

Along with you, I and the faculty and staff at Houghton want to show this year’s graduating class how very proud we are of them. It is our prayer that this weekend will be a special time for our graduates and their families, our friends, and honored guests. I look forward to seeing you here! 

President Wayne D. Lewis Jr.Sincerely, 

Wayne D. Lewis, Jr.
President 

Schedule

Ceremony Tickets

Live Stream

Friends and family who are unable to physically attend are invited to view the Baccalaureate Service and the Commencement Ceremony via live stream.

Friday, May 12 Baccalaureate Service – Live Stream

No alternative on-campus viewing locations.

Saturday, May 13 Commencement Ceremony – Live Stream

On-Campus Live Stream viewing available at the Center for the Arts, Recital Hall.

Housing

Meal Registration

Online Meal Orders

Family and friends can pre-purchase “through-the-line” meals for the Dining Hall for Friday lunch, Friday dinner, and Saturday breakfast. Your receipt from your online order will be your meal “ticket” to show at the Dining Hall. Graduating students do not need to purchase meals on Friday or Saturday.

Pre-order meal tickets will be available February 2023.

Meal Times

  • Friday Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Friday Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m.
    Immediately prior to Baccalaureate Service
  • Saturday Breakfast, 8-9:30 a.m.
    Following Saturday’s Commencement ceremony, a light lunch reception will be provided.

Graduating students do not need to purchase meals on Friday or Saturday.

Graduation Regalia

Graduates must order their regalia online (cap, gown, and tassel).  Questions? Contact the Highlander Shop or email: thehighlandersshop@houghton.edu 

More information coming February 2023.

Decorum Policies

Regalia gown length and style may not be altered. Stoles may not be customized in any way. Modest personal embellishments are allowed on the cap, but MUST lay flat, cannot extend over the edge, and must be appropriate. 

Only Houghton University approved regalia (including pins, stoles, cords, and medallions) bestowed and provided by University-sponsored offices or departments may be worn at graduation. Decorative items such as costume leis, beads, or sashes may only be worn after the ceremony. 

Frequently Asked Questions