Commencement is an exciting day and we want you to enjoy the celebration with friends and family. We urge you to carefully review the information below, and contact us with any questions you may have as early as possible.
NOTE: 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 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.
Graduation DatesSpring 2015: May 9, 2015
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.)
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
Info for the week preceding the commencement ceremony
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 (listed below). 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 our office at email@example.com or call 501-279-4335. If your name is not on the page but you do plan to attend, please notify our 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).
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.
Academic Regalia (caps, gowns, hoods)
If you were not able to pick up your cap and gown at Grad Fest, you can go online to oakhalli.com/colleges/harding and complete the ordering information. To save shipping costs regalia must be ordered a minimum of four weeks prior to the ceremony for delivery at the University Bookstore.
|Alpha Chi||National Academic Honor Society||GREEN/BLUE||Student Center 222|
|Alpha Psi Omega||Theatre||GOLD/BLUE||Reynolds C101|
|American Studies||American Studies Institute||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||Sears Honors House|
|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|
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.
|B.A.||Art and Humanities, Business and Sciences||WHITE|
|B.A.||College of Education||LIGHT BLUE|
|B.A.||Communication Sciences & Disorders||SILVER|
|B.S.||Arts and Humanities and Sciences||GOLDEN YELLOW|
|B.S.M.T.||Medical Technology||KELLY GREEN|
|Ed.S.||Education-Reading and Educational Leadership||LIGHT BLUE|
|Ed.S.||Education-Professional Counseling||OLD GOLD Tassel/DARK BLUE Hood|
|M.B.A.||Business||KHAKI Tassel, KHAKI Hood|
|M.S.||Education-Professional Counseling||DARK BLUE|
|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|
Why Attend Grad Fest?
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.
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.
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.
A photographer on site will offer to take formal graduation portraits of graduates and/or fun photos with friends around campus.
This will also serve as the location for students to pick up their caps and gowns for commencement ceremonies.
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.
"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, professor of Greek and New Testament