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    “I hope you'll be convinced the one who led you to this place called Harding will sustain you and be faithful to you once you leave.” - Dr. Paul Pollard

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Graduating this semester?


Commencement is an exciting day and we want you to enjoy the celebration with friends and family.

Make sure you're approved, prepared and know where to be and when to be there by reading the information below and attending GradFest.

Carefully review the information below, and refer to the contact info for any questions you may have as early as possible. In general questions regarding graduation may be sent to graduation@harding.edu.

Commencement Schedule

Fall - December 19, 2015

All colleges will gather at 10 a.m. to celebrate together. There is only one ceremony time in December.


 Spring 2016 -  May 7, 2016

9 a.m. - College of Nursing and College of Sciences

12 p.m.  - College of Bible and Ministry, College of Business Administration, College of Education

3 p.m. - College of Arts and Humanities, College of Allied Health, College of Pharmacy, Honors College (Interdisciplinary Studies majors only)

Grad Fest


A one-stop event for all University students who are graduating. Everyone from Alumni to Financial Aid to the Registrar's Office will be there for the graduate's convenience.

March 15-16-17, 2016

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Liberty Room

(just off the Heritage Lobby)

Info for Graduates

Are you approved? Review the requirements

Please review your catalog for specific degree requirements. University graduation requirements are also posted in the catalog and may be found at www.harding.edu/catalog.

By university policy, to be approved to walk in the May commencement ceremony, candidates must have all degree requirements completed by the date of commencement. As the only exception, candidates who will complete degree requirements no later than two weeks after the May commencement date, when degree requirements will have been checked and verified, are allowed to participate. Students who complete degree requirements after May degrees are verified will participate in the December ceremony, with the exception of pharmacy students who complete degree requirements after May degrees are awarded, and they will participate in the next May ceremony. Similarly, students who complete degree requirements after the December degrees are checked and verified will participate in the upcoming May commencement ceremony.

Why Attend Grad Fest?

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.

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.

Academic Regalia (caps, gowns, hoods, tassels)

If you are not able to pick up your cap and gown at Grad Fest, you can go to the Bookstore website and complete the ordering information. For any additional questions you may have regarding obtaining your regalia please contact the Harding University Bookstore at 501-279-4351.

B.A.Art and Humanities, Business, Honors (IDS), and SciencesWHITE
B.A.Communication Sciences & DisordersSILVER
B.F.A.Fine ArtsBROWN
B.M.E.Music EducationPINK
B.S.Arts and Humanities, Honors (IDS) and SciencesGOLDEN YELLOW
B.S.M.T.Medical TechnologyKELLY GREEN
B.S.W.Social WorkCITRON
D.P.T.Physical TherapyTEAL
Ed.D.EducationLIGHT BLUE
Ed.S.Education-Reading and Educational LeadershipLIGHT BLUE
Ed.S.Education-Professional CounselingOLD GOLD Tassel/DARK BLUE Hood
M.S.Education-CounselingDARK BLUE
M.S.Speech-Language PathologySILVER
M.S.M.F.T.Marriage and Family TherapySCARLET
M.A.T., M.Ed., M.S., M.S.E.EducationLIGHT BLUE
M.S.P.A.SPhysician AssistantMEDICAL GREEN

Honor Cords

OrganizationColorsPick-up Location
Alpha Chi
National Academic Honor Society
GREEN/BLUEStudent Center 222
Alpha Psi Omega
GOLD/BLUEReynolds C101
American Studies InstituteRED/WHITE/BLUEHeritage 211
Delta Mu Delta
Kappa Delta Pi
PURPLEThornton Education Center 130
Nu Delta Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu
Family & Consumer Sciences
MAUVE/IVORYHendrix 210
Omicron Delta Kappa
National Leadership Honor Society
LIGHT BLUE/BLACKSears Honors House
Phi Alpha Theta
Pi Sigma Alpha
Political Science
Sigma Tau Delta
RED/BLACKAmerican Studies 300
Sigma Theta Tau
PURPLE/WHITEorder from www.nursingsociety.org


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 in the transcript.

About the week preceding graduation

The week preceding Graduation:

     If you were not able to pick up your cap and gown at Grad Fest, you can go on line to https://oakhallicom/colleges/harding and complete the ordering information.
     Beginning the week preceding the commencement ceremony, regalia may be picked up in the Harding Bookstore between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; 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 (see the section on Academic Regalia). If you were unable to order early you should contact the Harding Bookstore at 501-279-4351 with questions.

Wednesday:  After 3 p.m., the Line of March and graduation instructions are available on the Pipeline login page. If your name is on the list but you do not plan to attend, please notify  provost@harding.edu or call 501-279-4335. If your name is not on the page but you do plan to attend, please notify the office.

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). Directional signs are placed inside the building.

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

In December (only): There will be a dessert reception on Friday evening at 7 p.m. for graduates, their family and friends. This is your opportunity to introduce the special people in your life!

In May (only): 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.

Where you need to be on commencement day

Fall 2015: December 19, 2015

10 a.m. – All colleges. Doors to the Benson Auditorium will be unlocked at 8:30 for guest seating.

Spring 2016: May 7, 2016

9 a.m. - Carr College of Nursing and College of Sciences
  (Line up in the science building at 8:30 a.m.; doors to the Benson Auditorium will be unlocked at 8 a.m. for our guests to begin seating.)

12 p.m.  - 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 a.m.; doors to the Benson Auditorium will be unlocked 45 minutes after the 9 a.m. ceremony concludes.)

3 p.m. - College of Arts and Humanities, College of Allied Health, College of Pharmacy, Honors College (Interdisciplinary Studies majors only)
  (Line up in the Science building at 2:30 p.m.; doors to the Benson Auditorium will be unlocked 45 minutes after the noon ceremony concludes.)

Contact Us

Location: Administration room 102

Mailing address:
Harding University
Office of the Provost
Box 10773
Searcy, AR 72149-5615