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HPU to hold Commencement ceremony for spring and summer graduates this Saturday

BROWNWOOD – August 18, 2020 – Howard Payne University will hold a Commencement ceremony for spring and summer 2020 graduates on Saturday, August 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at Brownwood Coliseum. The coliseum is located at 500 E. Baker Street.

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Dr. Antonio Josué Miranda, president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas, will deliver the charge to graduates. Dr. Miranda is campus pastor and the director of the Master of Arts in ministry program at Stark College and Seminary in Corpus Christi and also serves as pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Robstown.

Graduates and presenters will observe social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings to maintain a safer environment for all. Guests are asked to also maintain a six-foot distance between households and wear face coverings through the entirety of the ceremony, as well as when entering and exiting Brownwood Coliseum. Any questions or concerns regarding health and safety guidelines may be directed to the HPU COVID-19 Response Team at

The Commencement ceremony will be preceded on Friday, August 21, by Chime Out, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, representing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out will be held outdoors and begin at 7 p.m. on the Wilson Walkway in front of HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

Guests unable to attend either Chime Out or Commencement can view a livestream of both events at


Cutline: HPU’s Commencement ceremony for spring and summer graduates will be held Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m. at Brownwood Coliseum.