• This photo was taken at Homecoming 2019.

    Homecoming

  • This photo was taken at Homecoming 2019.

    Homecoming

  • This photo was taken at Homecoming 2019.

    Homecoming

  • This photo was taken at Homecoming 2019.

    Homecoming

Dedication of the Administration Building

The University honored Bro. Elijah Anthony and Dr. Howard Wright, the first African American undergraduate students to earn bachelor’s degrees from Harding, by naming the Administration building in their honor. During the years Anthony and Wright attended Harding, the Administration building was the center of campus activity. Learn more about the seven esteemed alumni honored during this dedication ceremony at harding.edu/AnthonyWright.

#comehomeHU21

Thank you for joining us for Homecoming 2021! Share your photos and memories using #comehomeHU21, and follow along on the official Harding University Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms!

Harding Network

University alumni can now connect with each other in a new digital space through Harding Network. The Office of Alumni Relations launched Harding Network as a tool for alumni to communicate with each other and stay up to date on what’s happening at Harding. Join our information session to learn more.

Download the Harding App for information on-the-go!

Homecoming Queen

The 2021 Homecoming Queen, Deanna Hutson, was crowned at halftime on Oct. 23 before the Bison football team beat Arkansas Monticello 64-7.

Homecoming Musical

For Homecoming 2021, we spread a little well-deserved early Christmas cheer with “Elf the Musical!"

2021 Black & Gold Alumni Awards

Each year at Homecoming we honor alumni who are making an impact in their communities and around the world. These alumni were chosen for their degree of excellence and recognition in their fields; active support of the University; and service to their community, church and God. Learn more about each award recipient.

  • John & Beth Reese ,
    Distinguished Alumni

  • Ryan Walters ,
    Outstanding Young Alumnus

  • Dr. Beckie Weaver ,
    Outstanding Alumni College of Allied Health

  • Rick Trujillo ,
    Outstanding Alumni College of Arts & Humanities

  • Dr. John Barton ,
    Outstanding Alumni College of Bible & Ministry

  • Robert Chambers ,
    Outstanding Alumni College of Business Administration

  • Mary Lou Dunn, posthumously ,
    Outstanding Alumni College of Education

  • Cathy McLain ,
    Outstanding Alumni College of Nursing

  • Thomas Baird ,
    Outstanding Alumni College of Sciences


Homecoming Schedule: October 21-23, 2021

Join us on campus to celebrate our 97th anniversary! More information about specific events will be available as Homecoming approaches.

Invite prospective students to visit Harding during Homecoming weekend for Bison Days! Football game tickets, homecoming musical tickets, meal passes (including tailgate) and a t-shirt are included for registered guests!

Thursday, October 21

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Welcome Center, Heritage lobby in front of the alumni office

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, first floor McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions.  More than 100 Bible artifacts on display.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mike James Retrospective Photography Show, Stevens Art Gallery. Mike James, having held several positions at Harding, including Chair of Communications Department and Director of the HUG program, also remained active with his professional photography. Having recently retired, we are honored to host an exhibit of his photographs during Homecoming.

8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Homecoming art show, Stevens Art Galleries

8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair, Brackett Library. All proceeds will help to purchase books for children attending a reading clinic in Tuba City, AZ as part of a 2022 Spring Break Mission trip.

8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Harding University Bookstore Open, Hammond Student Center  

9 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bison 3K G.L.O.W. Registration (Go Light Our World) Run sponsored by HU HEAL and the Department of Kinesiology, in the Hammon Student Center, online registration, runsignup.com/bisonglowrun, HU Students register in-person in the STU or online for $15, emailHUHEAL@harding.edu for student discount code. Public Cost: $20 pre-register; $25 day of run.

Visit the First Ladies Garden, outdoor classroom, secret garden and serendipity garden, located behind Pattie Cobb Hall near Shores and Pryor halls.

5 p.m. Live at Five broadcast, Reynolds Center TV studio. Alumni are invited to come and sit in during the broadcast.

5 p.m. Lady Bison Soccer vs. Oklahoma Baptist, Stevens Soccer Complex

5:30 p.m. Heritage Circle Banquet, Founders Room, second floor of the Burks American Heritage Building. Golden, Emerald, Platinum, Platinum Plus, Diamond and Diamond Plus Circles inductions and reunions will honor classes of '71, '70, '66, '65, '61, '60, '56, '55, '51, '50 and '46 and '45. Two free tickets for inductees; $20 for others, hardingtickets.com.

7 p.m. Bison Soccer vs. Northeastern State, Stevens Soccer Complex

Friday, October 22

Friday, October 22

8 a.m. Check-in and 9 a.m. Shotgun start, Bison Booster Club golf tournament, Course at River Oaks, $125 per person, $500 per team and/or $125 hole sponsorship.  For questions, contact Scott Finley directly at 501.268.1312 or email sfinley@farmersagent.com.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Welcome Center, Heritage lobby in front of the alumni office

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mike James Retrospective Photography Show, Stevens Art Gallery. Mike James, having held several positions at Harding, including Chair of Communications Department and Director of the HUG program, also remained active with his professional photography. Having recently retired, we are honored to host an exhibit of his photographs during Homecoming.  

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Homecoming art show, Stevens Art Gallery 1

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, first floor McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions. More than 100 Bible artifacts on display

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair, Brackett Library. All proceeds will help to purchase books for children attending a reading clinic in Tuba City, AZ as part of a 2022 Spring Break Mission trip. 

8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Homecoming art show featuring from faculty and students, Stevens Art Galleries

8:15 a.m. - 6 p.m. Harding University Bookstore Open, Hammond Student Center 

8:30 a.m. Mental Health and Wellness alumni and advisory committee presentation and breakfast, Arkansas Heritage Room

9 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

9:45 a.m. Heritage Circle coffee, Regions Room, second floor of Burks American Heritage Building

9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bison 3K G.L.O.W. Registration (Go Light Our World) Run sponsored by HU HEAL and the Department of Kinesiology, in the Hammon Student Center, online registration, runsignup.com/bisonglowrun, HU Students register in-person in the STU or online for $15, email HUHEAL@harding.edu for student discount code. Public Cost: $20 pre-register; $25 day of run. 

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Faith and Business Symposium, Mabee Business Building. Several alumni and guests will be giving presentations on topics such as business ethics, current issues in business and advice for COBA students. Everyone is welcome.

Visit the First Ladies Garden, outdoor classroom, secret garden and serendipity garden, located behind Pattie Cobb Hall near Shores and Pryor halls.

12 p.m. Sixteenth annual Homecoming alumni panel and lunch, Pryor-England 113. Homemade taco soup with trimmings. All pre-professional health science students and health science alumni welcome.

12 p.m. Concert Choir Mini-Concert. Reynolds Recital Hall. Open to visitors, alumni and family of current Concert Choir members.

1-4 p.m. Harding History House, featuring exhibits Harding: A History, The Story of Women for Harding, -Elwin "Preacher" Roe, Harding Then and Now. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive.

2-4 p.m. Family & Consumer Sciences Alumni Reception & Open House, Olen Hendrix Building

2-4 p.m. College of Pharmacy Open House Farrar Center for Health Sciences, Room 101 Interested in coming to pharmacy school at Harding? We have a new hybrid 3.5 year program. Come to our open house to learn what makes our student-centered curriculum unique. Visit with current students and faculty. Alumni of the program are welcome to stop by, too!

2:30-4:30 p.m. ROTC Fitness Challenge, Front Lawn. Come out to the ROTC booth and try some of our fitness test exercises to see if you can gain some bragging rights among your peers. We will be giving away goodies, educating students, parents, and future Harding prospects on incentives and scholarships that our program can provide. See if you are up to the challenge.

3 p.m. Dedication for the Endowed Chair for the Waldron Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Mabee Business Building

3 p.m. Good News Singers, McInteer Rotunda

3-4:30 p.m. Carr College of Nursing reception, Freeman Center (Swaid 201) on Park Avenue

4 p.m. Alumni Chorus Rehearsal, Reynolds Choral Hall, please RSVP https://forms.gle/zxmMUQceija4CbJF9.

5 p.m. “Live at Five” broadcast, Reynolds Center TV studio. Alumni are invited to come and sit in during the broadcast.

5:30 p.m.  97th Anniversary Black and Gold Banquet, Charles White Cafeteria, $20, hardingtickets.com.  A wonderful evening to remind you of your favorite Harding memories celebrated with some of your favorite Harding heroes and Harding’s outstanding and distinguished alumni.

6 p.m. Volleyball vs. Southeastern Oklahoma, Rhodes-Reaves Field House

8 p.m. Homecoming musical “Elf” Benson Auditorium, $18 and $20 in the alumni office or online at www.hardingtickets.com or $20 at the door. Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a meet and greet in the student center.

8 p.m.  Bison 3K G.L.O.W. (Go Light Our World) Run (formerly Bison Stampede),  registration from 7 - 7:40 p.m. with race beginning at 8 p.m. in Bison Park in front of the Ganus Activities Center, $20 for early registration or $25 night of the race.  Each participant receives a t-shirt.

8 p.m. Choral and Bands/Orchestra Reunions, Reynolds Choral Hall and Reynolds Band Hall 

 

Saturday, October 23

7:30 a.m. Sub-T Breakfast, $15 at the door, Founders Room 

8-9:45 a.m. President’s Council fall 2021 business meeting, Cone Chapel 

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, first floor McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions. More than 100 Bible artifacts on display.

8:30-9:45 a.m. Alumni continental breakfast, Hammon Student Center sponsored by the Harding University Center for Organizational Leadership. Please click to RSVP for the breakfast

9:30 a.m. Great American Conference Cross Country Championships, 1214 Fuller Lane, Searcy. The Harding Cross Country team will compete.  

10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Harding University Bookstore Open, Hammond Student Center 

10 a.m. Campus tour for prospective students and parents beginning from Heritage lobby. Hosted by Admissions

10-10:30 a.m. Alumni chapel, Administration Auditorium. Remember the songs and share the memories of chapel with other alumni.

10 a.m. Harding Chorus and Alumni Chorus performance with reception honoring Cliff Ganus III following, McInteer Rotunda.  Alumni performers, please RSVP https://forms.gle/zxmMUQceija4CbJF9

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mike James Retrospective Photography Show, Stevens Art Gallery. Mike James, having held several positions at Harding, including Chair of Communications Department and Director of the HUG program, also remained active with his professional photography. Having recently retired, we are honored to host an exhibit of his photographs during Homecoming.  

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Art & Design Open House, Stevens Art Gallery

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Art & Design Homecoming Art Fair Outside of the main (southwest) entrance to the Stevens Art Center, just off of the front lawn.  Student artists will present and sell their creations. If inclement weather, inside the Stevens Art Center.  

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Zeta Rho 60 Year Reunion Brunch, Cone Chapel 

10:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. Homecoming art show, Stevens Art Galleries

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. English Department Alumni Reception, American Studies 314

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Harding authors book signing, Hammon Student Center in front of the bookstore

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Communication sciences and disorders reception for current students and alumni, Swaid Center

10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. Art and Design open house, Stevens Art Gallery

10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. Homecoming art show, Stevens Art Gallery 1

11 a.m. Dedication of the Anthony and Wright Administration Building

11 a.m. Bison Soccer vs. Southern Nazarene, Steven Soccer Complex

11 a.m. Harding Nursing Student Association skills day, Swaid 108

11 a.m. Pied Pipers children’s theatre troupe, Benson Auditorium outdoor steps 

11 a.m. Volleyball vs. East Central, Rhodes-Reaves Field House

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Class of 1961 Reunion, Rhodes-Reaves Field House, VIP Suite, tickets at hardingtickets.com

11 a.m. -2 p.m. Harding History House, featuring exhibits, Harding: A History, The Story of Women for Harding, -Elwin "Preacher" Roe, Harding Then and Now. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive.

11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Iota Chi "Sweet Sixteen" Reunion, Swaid 201, RSVP,  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IXSweet16

11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. International Programs Alumni Tailgate, Bison Park in front of Ganus Activities Complex

11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Harding family picnic, food trucks and giant tailgate celebration, inflatable games and petting zoo, Ganus Activities Complex.   Food trucks outside GAC, seating available inside. Harding Dining will offer a tailgate meal inside the GAC. Students and families may use current student’s meal plan or cash and credit card also accepted, $10 for adults, $6 for children. Heritage Circle members will be seated inside the GAC.

Classes of ’45, ’46, ’50, ’51, ’55, ’56, ’60, ’61 ,’65, ’66, ’70, ’71, ’75, ’76, ’80, ’81, ’85, ’86, ’90, ’91, ’95, ’96, ’00, ’01, ’05, ’06, ’10, ‘11, ’15 and ‘16 will meet at the family picnic.  Signs denoting class years will be posted at the picnic. Seating is available inside the GAC.

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. President’s Council Homecoming tailgate, Bison Park in front of GAC. Bring your families and enjoy reconnecting with other President’s Council members. (President’s Council members need their tailgate pass for entry.)

Tailgating, Bison Park in front of Ganus Activities Complex. Bring your grills, black and gold décor and Bison spirit to create the ultimate outdoor dining experience before the game. First come, first serve. Invite friends and current students to join you. Don’t want to cook? Something for everyone from the Food Trucks available. 

11:45 a.m. Homecoming Parade, begins on E. Pleasure Ave. through Legacy Park ending at First Security Stadium. 

12-1:30 p.m. The Original Rock House Gathering, 802 E. Market. Drop by and reconnect, the Gentrys will be hosting lunch.  

12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair, Brackett Library. All proceeds will help to purchase books for children attending a reading clinic in Tuba City, AZ as part of a 2022 Spring Break Mission trip.

12:15 p.m. Football alumni meet in Keller lobby to participate in the Walk of Brothers with current football players

12:40 p.m. Bison Football Brotherhood Walk. Line up in front of the Ganus Activities Complex and cheer the Harding Bison football team as they prepare to meet University of Arkansas at Monticello at 3 p.m. in an important Great American Conference game.

1 p.m. Belles and Beaux live outdoor concert, under the pecan trees at Bison Park in front of the GAC

1 p.m. Bison Stop Ticket Trailer for football tickets, First Security Stadium

2 -2:45 p.m. Ganus Family Book Signing, Bison Park in the Alumni Tent near the President's Council white tent directly across from Harbin Hall. I'd Do it All Again is a recounting of a lifetime of experiences and adventures by Dr. Clifton Ganus, Jr. Books will be available for purchase, $25 cash only. Dr. Ganus' children, Dr. Cliff Ganus III, Dr. Debbie Duke and Charles Ganus will sign copies for those who like. To order online, visit library.harding.edu/ganusbook. 

2 p.m. Bison Depot Bookstore Trailer for Harding gear, First Security Stadium

2:30 p.m. Thundering Herd Marching Band Tailgate Performance, Bison Park. 

3 p.m. Bison football vs. University of Arkansas at Monticello, First Security Stadium, reserved seats $15 and general admission $10 for adults and $5 for non-Harding students

5:30 - 8 p.m. Bison Football and Cheerleading Reunion, at the home of Kyle and Kellee Blickenstaff, 107 Aqua Marine Drive. 

6:30 p.m. Sankofa Gala sponsored by The African American Alumni Association,  Cone Chapel, $20.  A time for honoring the contributions of African Americans at Harding, to learn from the past, reconcile past hurts, and bridge the racial divide. It will be a time to celebrate our oneness in Christ. Come sing, fellowship, and celebrate with us. Tickets available in the alumni office or online at www.hardingtickets.com

8 p.m. Homecoming musical “Elf,” Benson Auditorium, $18 and $20 in the alumni office or online at www.hardingtickets.com or $20 at the door. Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a meet and greet in the student center. 

Contact Us

Homecoming is hosted by Alumni Relations
501-279-4276
Toll Free 800-477-4312, ext. 1
alumni@harding.edu