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Graduation can be a very exciting time of your life...but also very stressful!

Tackle your responsibilities ahead of time, so that when graduation week arrives, you can enjoy your special day.

Listed below, you will find a graduation week breakdown of the events or responsibilities you need to complete.  

Contact us for more information:

The Office of the Provost

Administration Building 102


Grad Fest

Save the date: October 21-22

Grad Fest at Harding University is a one-stop event for all university students who are graduating and participating in commencement ceremonies at the conclusion of the semester.

The event will take place on front lawn and will allow students to do the following things: 

Get professional 

Students will be able to visit a booth set up for resume building and interact with the variety of career services the university has to offer.

Get connected

The Office of Alumni Relations and Generation HU, the university’s young alumni program, will be set up with stations to meet students and begin relationships with them as they step into their new Harding roles as alumni.

Get swag

Students will have the opportunity to shop for a frame for their diplomas and pick up other various Harding apparel and souvenirs before they leave campus.

Get photos

A photographer on site will offer to take formal graduation portraits of graduates and/or fun photos with friends around campus.

Get robed

This will also serve as the location for students to pick up their caps and gowns for commencement ceremonies in December.

Get excited

Grad Fest will not only provide one place for students to take care of their requirements before graduating, but it will also facilitate fun and excitement among graduates as they celebrate this milestone in their lives together. Throughout the event, we will encourage all students to participate in every opportunity involved in Grad Fest and celebrate their academic achievements as college graduates.

Graduation Dates

      Fall 2014: December 13, 2014

  • 10:00 AM - all colleges

      Spring 2015: May 9, 2015

  • 9:00 AM - Carr College of Nursing and College of Sciences
        (line up in the Science building at 8:30 AM)
  • 12:00 PM - College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Cannon-Clary College of Education
        (line up in the Science building at 11:30 AM)
  • 3:00 PM - College of Arts and Humanities, College of Allied Health, College of Pharmacy, Honors College (Interdisciplinary Studies major only)
        (line up in the Science building at 2:30 PM)

Fall 2015: December 19, 2016

Spring 2016: May 7, 2016

On the day of the ceremony there is a graduation reception with hor d'oervres after each ceremony in the cafeteria to honor the graduates and their families. All graduates, family members and friends are invited to join the Harding faculty and administrators in this informal, come-and-go celebration.

We are so proud of all the graduates and look forward to seeing all those who will be here to support them on this very special day!

DECEMBER Graduation is held in the Benson Auditorium at 10 a.m. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. before the ceremony. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis. Seating is available for the handicapped and elderly.

The week preceding Graduation:

Beginning the week preceding graduation, caps and gowns may be picked up in the Harding Bookstore between 8 am and 4:30 pm. They will be available throughout the week and on Saturday morning beginning an hour before the ceremony. If you pre-ordered a packet, it will be ready with your name on it. Extra packets will be available by size. Be certain you get the correct color of tassel for your degree (list below). If you were unable to order early you should contact the Harding Bookstore at 501-279-4351 with questions.

Wednesday:  After 3 pm, copies of the Line of March and Graduation Instructions will be available in the Provost office or on the Pipeline log in page.  If your name is on the list, but you do not plan to attend, please notify our office at provost@harding.edu or call 501-279-4335.

There will be no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony. Rather, students will be led in by faculty marshals.

Saturday:  Be in the Science Building, across the plaza from the Benson, to line up as directed in the Line of March and Graduation Instructions documents (available on the login page of Pipeline).

Guest seating in the Benson Auditorium is available on a first come basis approximately one hour prior to each ceremony. Seating is available for the handicapped and elderly.

On the day of the ceremony there is a graduation reception with hor d'oervres after each ceremony in the cafeteria to honor the graduates and their families. All graduates, family members and friends are invited to join the Harding faculty and administrators in this informal, come-and-go celebration.

Tassel Colors

B.A.   (Art and Humanities, Business, Sciences)  WHITE
B.A.   (Bible)  SCARLET
B.A.   (College of Education)  LIGHT BLUE
B.A.   (Communication Sciences & Disorders)  SILVER
B.B.A   (Business)  KHAKI
B.F.A.  (Fine Arts)  BROWN
B.M.E. (Music Education) PINK
B.S.   (Arts and Humanities, Sciences)  GOLDEN YELLOW
B.S.M.T.  (Medical Technology) KELLY GREEN
B.S.N.   (Nursing) APRICOT
B.S.W.  (Social Work) CITRON
D.P.T.  (Physical Therapy)  TEAL
Ed.D.   (Education)  LIGHT BLUE
Ed.S.   (Education-Reading, Educational Leadership)  LIGHT BLUE
Ed.S.   (Education-Professional Counseling) OLD GOLD Tassel/DARK BLUE Hood
M.A.    (Education) LIGHT BLUE
M.B.A.   (Business)  KHAKI Tassel, KHAKI Hood
M.S.    (Education-Professional Counseling) DARK BLUE
M.S.    (Speech-Language Pathology) SILVER
M.S.M.F.T.   (Marriage and Family Therapy)  SCARLET
M.A.T., M.Ed., M.S., M.S.E.   (Education) LIGHT BLUE
M.S.P.A.S   (Physician Assistant) MEDICAL GREEN
PHARM.D.   (Pharmacy)  OLIVE GREEN

There are no honor cords for cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. These honors are designated in the program, on the diploma, and the transcript.

Honor Cords:
(Organization-where to pick up)

Alpha Chi   (National Academic Honor Society) GREEN/BLUE - Student Center 222
Alpha Psi Omega   (Theatre) GOLD/BLUE - Reynolds C101
American Studies   RED/WHITE/BLUE - Heritage 211
Delta Mu Delta   (Business) PURPLE/GOLD - Mabee 100
Kappa Delta Pi   (Education) PURPLE - Thornton Education Center 130
Nu Delta Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu   (Family & Consumer Sciences) MAUVE/IVORY - Hendrix 210
Omicron Delta Kappa   (National Leadership Honor Society) LIGHT BLUE/BLACK/- Heritage 211
Phi Alpha Theta   (History) RED/LIGHT BLUE - Ganus 120
Pi Sigma Alpha   (Political Science) RED/WHITE/BLACK - Ganus 120
Sigma Tau Delta   (English) RED/BLACK - American Studies 300
Sigma Theta Tau   (Nursing) PURPLE/WHITE - order from www.nursingsociety.org

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915 E. Market Ave.
Searcy, Arkansas 72149