Commencement Schedule

Commencement Weekend Schedule

9:00-11:00am Graduate Breakfast with the President (seniors must RSVP to attend)
8:30-9:30 a.m. Breakfast (tickets required) Dining Hall
10:00 a.m. Rehearsal (for graduates only) Wesley Chapel
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Lunch (tickets required) Dining Hall
2:00 p.m. Senior Equestrian Show Equestrian Center
4:30-6:30 p.m. Senior Family Dinner (tickets required) Dining Hall
6:30 p.m. Baccalaureate (open seating) Wesley Chapel
8:00-10:00 p.m. Class of 2019 Reception for Seniors, their Families and Faculty Van Dyk Lounge
9:30 p.m. Senior Class “SPOT” Wesley Chapel
7:30-9:15 a.m. Breakfast (tickets required) Dining Hall
10:00 a.m. Commencement (tickets required) Wesley Chapel
Noon Reception
(to be held in Reinhold Campus Center in the event of rain)

Commencement Details

  • The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. to ticketed guests. Please do not save seats for friends or family without tickets.
  • At 9:45 a.m. remaining seats open to guests without tickets.
  • Overflow seating is available in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall and Instrumental Rehearsal Hall.  The ceremony will also be broadcast via television on the main and lower levels of the Campus Center.
  • Please do not take food or beverages into Wesley Chapel.
  • The Commencement Reception will begin immediately following the ceremony. Academic Departments and areas will be represented on the Quad.  In the case of rain, this will be held in the Campus Center.

Getting Around

Handicapped parking available in the Wesley Chapel parking lot. This area may be used to drop off guests needing assistance or extra time.


Available by calling a Houghton College security officer at any time (585.567.9333 or ext. 3330). For a medical emergency call 911.

Facilities & Hours

Big Al’s Friday: 10:30 p.m. -12:30 a.m.
The Highlander Shop Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
JAVA 101 Coffee Shop Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Reinhold Campus Center Open 24 hours
Residence Halls Open 24 hours
Guests registered to stay Saturday night must checkout by noon on Sunday