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HPU to hold fall Commencement ceremony this Saturday

Howard Payne University will hold its fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at the university’s historic L.J. Mims Auditorium. The auditorium is located on HPU’s campus, near the intersection of Center Avenue and Austin Avenue.

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Delivering the charge to the graduates is Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church.

Commencement will be preceded on Friday, Dec. 6, by the Chime Out ceremony, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6 p.m. at L.J. Mims Auditorium.

Both events will be livestreamed on Facebook at


Cutline: HPU’s historic L.J. Mims Auditorium is the site for the university’s fall Chime Out and Commencement ceremonies.