Congratulations Class of 2018 - 2019! The College of Biblical Studies Commencement Ceremony is an annual event celebrating our August, December and May degree and award candidates. We commend you for arriving at this point in your academic journey. The following is needed information to prepare you for this important day in your life and ministry. May God continue to strengthen and use your gifts and talents for His service.

CBS Ceremonial Mace


The Ceremonial Mace is an ornamental staff made from wood or precious metals. The mace is one of the oldest symbols of authority and is carried by a high official in civic ceremonies or by a faculty member known as a marshal in formal academic ceremonies. Originally, a ceremonial mace was used as a weapon to protect a King and borne by a mace-bearer presiding as a royal bodyguard. A marshal carries the mace in academic ceremonies symbolizing the philosophical foundation and history of the institution and serves a vital role to display the power of the institution.

As a treasured “symbol of office”, the CBS ceremonial mace pedestal is 42.5 inches long and lathed from dark walnut. The headpiece is set with two 3-inch diameter bronze medallions displaying the CBS seal, and is mounted on a 5-inch dark walnut disk.  At the base of the medallion sits a 4.5 inch engraved brass platform inscribed with the words “LOVE - PURITY OF HEART - GOOD CONSCIENCE - SINCERE FAITH – TRUTH” signifying God’s truth we abide by and the goal of our instruction.

“But the goal of our instruction is LOVE from a PURE HEART and a GOOD CONSCIENCE and a SINCERE FAITH.” I Timothy 1:5 (NASB)

Applying for Graduation

It is mandatory for all degree and award candidates to apply for graduation. ALL students must file an Intent to Graduate form with the Office of the Registrar and pay a non-refundable $60 Graduate Fee.  The Intent to Graduate (ITG) form will officially establish you as a degree or award candidate, and will initiate the preliminary review (or degree audit) of your student record to determine whether all academic requirements have been met. We strongly recommend you meet with your academic advisor to determine your fulfillment of program requirements by the anticipated graduation date of August 30th, December 30th, and May 30th. This form must be completed in full, signed, $60 fee paid and submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the following deadline dates in order to be considered as a degree or award candidate: 

Apply to:
Summer 2018: July 1, 2018
Fall 2018: October 1, 2018

Spring 2019: Februray 1, 2019

Please contact the graduation coordinator at or 832-252-4625 if you have any questions.              

Commencement Participation

Who can participate in the 2019 Commencement ceremony?
Students who graduated August 30, 2018, December 30, 2018 and that will be graduating May 30, 2019. The deadline to submit 2019 Commencement participation appeals is March 15, 2019. All appeals can be directed via email to for consideration. Please allow two weeks for a decision to be made and communicated by letter. 

Commencement Ceremony Information

The College of Biblical Studies

Commencement Ceremony will be held on

Date: May 11, 2019
Arrival Time: 8:00 a.m. (students)
Ceremony Time 10:00 a.m. (No admittance through main Sanctuary doors after 9:55 am, all GUESTS are to enter through rear doors only after that time.)


Houston’s First Baptist Church

7401 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77024

Graduation Regalia and Attire

Cap & Gown

Graduation Regalia are a requirement for all degree candidates in order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Attire to be worn under regalia and for participating award candidates is as follows:

  • Male: White dress shirt, modest tie, dark slacks and/or suit jacket, and dark socks/shoes.
  • Female: Modest dark dress & dark shoes.

Spirit Cord

Graduation Packages and Products

CBS has selected Balfour as our preferred vendor for graduation packages for commencement announcements, diploma frames, and class rings! All graduating seniors can click on the link below to order online!

Order online at:

Diplomas and Awards

Candidates will receive a diploma cover at the time of the Commencement Ceremony. The official CBS diploma for May graduates will be available for pick up at the Office of the Registrar within 3 to 4 weeks after the degree conferral date. The Office of the Registrar, will contact you when diplomas are available for pick up.

Graduate Fair Information

Graduate Fair Info & Accessories Document 


All CBS financial obligations (Student Financial Services and Library) and graduation exist assessments must be cleared/completed in order for the official certificate, diploma and transcript with degree posting to be released.

Frequently Asked Questions about Graduation