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Applying for Graduation

Applications for December 2023 graduation were due by March 1. Students can still apply, but there is a $50 late fee. Applications for May or Summer 2024 graduation are due October 1, 2023. There is no penalty for applying early. The Graduation Application is available on Pipeline in the “Student Records” section.

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.

October 16-17, 2023
(for Summer graduates and December candidates for graduation)

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Liberty Room
(just off the Heritage Lobby)

Class of 2023

Spring Commencement


candidates for graduation




nations and territories represented


states represented

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Commencement Schedule

Congratulations to those of you who have completed this milestone in your formal education! All commencement ceremonies are held in the Benson Auditorium, and each ceremony will be live streamed at streaming.harding.edu and on Harding University's Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you and your families!

Fall | December 16, 2023

All colleges will gather at 10 a.m. to celebrate together. There is only one ceremony time in December. Line up for candidates will be in the science building at 9:15 a.m. Benson doors will be opened at 9 a.m. for guest seating.

Spring | May 4, 2024

9 a.m. — College of Bible & Ministry, Carr College of Nursing, College of Arts & Sciences (sciences majors)
12 p.m. — College of Arts & Sciences (A&H majors), Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration
3 p.m. — College of Allied Health, Cannon-Clary College of Education, College of Pharmacy

IMPORTANT: Commencement Ceremony Information, Line of March, and Instructions for Graduates

It is important that you find your name on the Line of March to assure we have not overlooked anyone. If your name is on the list but you do not plan to attend, please notify graduation@harding.edu, or call 501-279-4328. If your name is not on the list but you do plan to attend, please notify the office.

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

Where to be for fall 2023 Commencement (December 16, 2023)

Where to be for spring 2024 Commencement (May 4, 2024)

9 a.m. — College of Bible and Ministry, Carr College of Nursing, and College of Arts & Sciences (sciences majors)

12 p.m. — College of Arts & Sciences (A&H majors) and Paul R. Carter College Business Administration

3 p.m. — College of Allied Health, Cannon-Clary College of Education, and College of Pharmacy


  • Doctoral/Professional students will need to visit with their program administrator about ordering their regalia.
  • All other students, who the degree audit identifies as being complete, will receive an email inviting them to order their academic regalia for Commencement.
    • The cost of your cap and gown is included in your graduation fee; there is no extra charge.
    • Please verify you are on track by running your degree audit (Pipeline > Student > Degree Evaluation).
  • All undergraduate and graduate students will receive a black and gold tassel with a Harding medallion attached. Doctoral students who receive a tam as part of their regalia receive a gold tassel.
  • If you did not pick up your cap and gown at Grad Fest but already placed an order, please contact the Alumni Office at 501-279-4276 or alumni@harding.edu. For those who did not order before the deadline, you should contact the Alumni Office who will have a limited amount of regalia on hand, and these gowns will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis through commencement.
  • If you have any questions, please email graduation@harding.edu.

What to wear:

  • Men, wear a dress shirt with dark slacks, socks, and shoes.
  • Ladies, wear dark clothing and dark shoes.
  • Please do not chew gum.
  • Please do not decorate your cap or gown in any way or add anything to your regalia other than approved honor cords. Failure to comply could lead to your removal from the line of march.
  • Undergraduates should place the tassel on the RIGHT side of the cap; Master’s and Specialist candidates should place the tassel on the LEFT side of the cap.  Place the cap on the middle of your head so that the point is lined up with the middle of your forehead.  Adjust the mortarboard so it is parallel to the ground – don’t wear it to the side or to the back. You may need some bobby pins or clips to keep it securely on your head.
  • Master’s and Specialist candidates should be wearing hoods.  The dean or marshal can help during line up if you have a question, but the following are a few helpful tips regarding how to wear your hood:
    • Make sure your hood is not inside out; the satin should be on the inside and the black  material mostly on the outside.
    • Put the hood on over your head with the velvet side up and the small tapered end pointing down in front. There may be a loop on the front point of the hood to secure it to a shirt button, or you may wish to pin the loop to a blouse or dress, under your gown.
    • Drape the hood around your neck with the largest portion of the hood hanging down your back.
    • Flip the middle of the back of the hood, where the Harding colors are, outward to show the gold and black satin; roll the velvet edge out a bit as well so that the inside colors show.  When you’re done, the end of the hood will look somewhat like a shark fin.
  • Doctoral candidates should place the tassel on the LEFT side of the tam and will be hooded on stage.

Are you approved for graduation? 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 by enrolling at Harding in their final class during the Harding Intersession term are allowed to participate. Students who complete their degree during Intersession, while they may participate in the May commencement ceremony, their degrees will be awarded after Intersession and they are considered summer graduates.

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 do I need to atend 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 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.

What programs do the different colored hoods represent?

Degree Department Hood Color
D.P.T. Physical Therapy TEAL
Ed.D. Education LIGHT BLUE
Ed.S. Education-Educational Leadership LIGHT BLUE
Ed.S. Education-Clinical Mental Health Counseling LIGHT BLUE
Ed.S. Education-Professional School Counseling LIGHT BLUE
Ed.S. Marriage & Family Counseling LIGHT BLUE
M.A., M.A.T., M.Ed., M.S., M.S.E. Education LIGHT BLUE
M.A. History WHITE
M.A. Organizational Leadership WHITE
M.Arch. Architecture BLUE-VIOLET
M.B.A. Business KHAKI
M.S. Applied Dietetics Practice KELLY GREEN
M.S. Education-Clinical Mental Health Counseling LIGHT BLUE
M.S. Education-Professional School Counseling LIGHT BLUE
M.S. Education-Student Affairs LIGHT BLUE
M.S. Cardiac Function & Interventional Technology KELLY GREEN
M.S. Kinesiology & Sport Administration SAGE GREEN
M.S. Speech-Language Pathology SILVER
M.S. Strength & Conditioning SAGE GREEN
M.S.I.S. Business KHAKI
M.S.M.F.C. Marriage & Family Counseling LIGHT BLUE
M.S.N. Nursing APRICOT
M.S.P.A.S Physician Assistant KELLY GREEN

What do the different colored honor cords represent?

Organization Colors Pick-up Location
Alpha Chi
National Academic Honor Society
GREEN/BLUE Sears Honors House
Alpha Psi Omega
GOLD/BLUE Reynolds C101
American Studies Institute RED/WHITE/BLUE Heritage 211
Armed Services RED/WHITE/BLUE submit request to  veterans@harding.edu
Delta Mu Delta
Kappa Delta Pi
PURPLE Thornton Education Center 130
Kappa Mu Epsilon
PINK/GRAY Pryor-England 100-D
National Student Nurses' Association Leadership University Honor Society LIGHT BLUE/ BROWN/GOLD Swaid 106
Nu Delta Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu
Family & Consumer Sciences
MAUVE/IVORY Hendrix 210
Omicron Delta Kappa
National Leadership Honor Society
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Sigma Iota
Foreign Language
PURPLE/WHITE order in Ganus 100
Pi Sigma Alpha
Political Science
Psi Chi
DARK BLUE/ PLATINUM order from www.psichi.org/
Sigma Nu Tau
GREEN/GOLD Mabee 202
Sigma Tau Delta
RED/BLACK American Studies 300
Sigma Theta Tau
PURPLE/WHITE order 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 on the transcript.

How do I access my electronic diploma?

Harding uses an external vendor, Parchment, to provide access to your electronic diploma. Within two weeks of the awarding of your degree, you will receive an email from Parchment containing a link for viewing, downloading, and/or printing your electronic diploma. Receipt of this electronic diploma is the confirmation that your degree has been awarded. Your paper diploma will arrive a few weeks after the electronic version.

What size will my paper diploma be?

For students who are awarded a Bachelor's or Master's degree, the paper diploma size is 8.5" x 11".

For those who are awarded a Doctoral degree, the paper diploma size is 11" x 14".

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4388

Location: Administration 106

Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing address:
Harding University
Registrar's Office
HU 10766
Searcy, AR 72149-5615