Message from the President

Message from President Mullen

Dear Families of Graduating Students,

I am pleased to invite you to share with us the events of Commencement 2020 at Houghton College. This is a significant time for all of us who have been involved in the lives of our graduating seniors. Clearly, the seniors themselves see its significance—and are now torn between the excitement of “being done with college” and the sadness of leaving friends and connections that have come to mean so much to them over the past several years. For us at Houghton, and for you as families, this is a time to celebrate with them, to acknowledge their accomplishments, and to bless them with our confidence and hope as they embark on the next stage of their journey. This next phase of life is one in which they will have the opportunity and challenge as never before, to live out, on their own, the implications of the choices they have made and the invitations they have accepted.

Our task during this graduation weekend is to be present for them—in gratitude and affirmation—confirming our support for them and our confidence in all the good that God is intending for them in the days ahead.

We hope you will join us for baccalaureate, when we will hear from one of our faculty or staff and two graduating seniors. Our commencement speaker will be Deborah L. Birx, M.D., Ambassador-at-Large, and Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. We will welcome to our ceremony, graduates from the Golden Highlander Class of 1970, whose presence illustrates for our seniors the lifelong impact of a Houghton education and of God’s faithfulness. Most important of all, we will recognize the graduates of 2020.

If you have further questions, please contact the Conference Office at 585-567-9647 or

I am delighted to have you join us in celebrating the graduation of Houghton’s Class of 2020. There is no more exciting time on a college campus than to see the graduates “come into their own” and go out into the world to put into practice all that they have learned. Just as you entrusted them to us several years ago, so now you, as parents, and we, as a college community, join together in entrusting them into God’s hands for His purposes and His plans in the coming days.


Shirley Mullen Signature

Shirley A. Mullen