Applying for Graduation
Applications for December 2022 graduation were due March 1. Students can still apply, but there is a $50 late fee. Applications for May or Summer 2023 graduation are due October 1, 2022. There is no penalty for applying early. The Graduation Application is available on Pipeline in the “Student Records” section.
Spring - May 6, 2023
9 a.m. - College of Bible & Ministry, Carr College of Nursing, College of Sciences
12 p.m. - College of Arts & Humanities, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Honors College, University College
3 p.m. - College of Allied Health, Cannon-Clary College of Education, College of Pharmacy
Fall - December 17, 2022
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. Benson doors will be opened at 9 a.m. for guest seating.
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 17-18, 2022
(for Summer graduates and December candidates for graduation)
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(just off the Heritage Lobby)
May 2021 Commencement
Take a look at a few memorable moments from our May 7-8, 2021 ceremonies.
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 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 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.
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.
Academic Regalia (caps, gowns, hoods, tassels)
- 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 have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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 and Family Counseling/ Therapy||LIGHT BLUE|
|M.A., M.A.T., M.Ed., M.S., M.S.E.||Education||LIGHT BLUE|
|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.||Strength & Conditioning||SAGE GREEN|
|M.S.M.F.C.T.||Marriage and Family Counseling/ Therapy||LIGHT BLUE|
|M.S.P.A.S||Physician Assistant||KELLY GREEN|
National Academic Honor Society
|GREEN/BLUE||Sears Honors House|
|Alpha Psi Omega|
|American Studies Institute||RED/WHITE/BLUE||Heritage 211|
|Armed Services||RED/WHITE/BLUE||submit request to email@example.com|
|Delta Mu Delta|
|Kappa Delta Pi|
|PURPLE||Thornton Education Center 130|
|Kappa Mu Epsilon|
|Nu Delta Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu|
Family & Consumer Sciences
|Omicron Delta Kappa|
National Leadership Honor Society
|LIGHT BLUE/BLACK||Heritage 211|
|Phi Alpha Theta|
|RED/LIGHT BLUE||Ganus 120|
|Phi Sigma Iota|
|PURPLE/WHITE||order in Ganus 100|
|Pi Sigma Alpha|
|DARK BLUE/ PLATINUM||order from www.psichi.org/|
|Sigma Nu Tau|
|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.
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.
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".
After you receive your electronic diploma link from Parchment that indicates your degree is awarded, we recommend you Order an Official Transcript from Harding. Have the transcript sent to yourself to keep on file with your other important documents. You will be asked many questions over your lifetime, when applying for employment and other professional opportunities, about your college classes and grades. Your transcript contains all the answers you will need. Having that document in your possession allows you to answer such questions quickly. There is a small fee for securing an official transcript that varies depending on delivery options.
Tickets for Guest Seating
Ticketing for guest seating will be first come, first served and are available for ordering. As there is no elevator access to balcony seating, and in order to ensure everyone needing accessibility accommodations can be assisted, starting at noon on March 28 through April 11, you can order up to 10 tickets.
After April 11, ticketing will be open for additional tickets. While there is no limit on the number of family members any graduate may have in attendance, we ask for coordination of ordering and discretion in the number of tickets requested initially. This incremental release of tickets is designed to accommodate every graduate's family. If you find that you have more tickets than your family will use, you may return them by contacting the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-279-4276.
In addition, you may Register for the celebratory cookout which will be held on the Front Lawn following each commencement ceremony.
About the week preceding commencement
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 email@example.com. If you have not ordered your cap and gown, you can go online to harding.shopoakhalli.com and complete the ordering information. You must place your order before April 3, 2022, as it will be shipped to the address you provide.
For those who do 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 thru Commencement.
The Line of March and graduation instructions are available in the "Graduation Information" section above. If your name is on the list but you do not plan to attend, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 you need to be on commencement day
9 a.m. - College of Bible and Ministry, Carr College of Nursing, and College of Sciences
- Line up in the science building at 8:15 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 Arts & Humanities, Paul R. Carter College Business Administration, Honors College (Interdisciplinary Studies majors only), and University College
- Line up in the science building at 11:15 a.m.; doors to the Benson Auditorium will be unlocked 45 minutes after the 9 a.m. ceremony concludes.
3 p.m. - College of Allied Health, Cannon-Clary College of Education, and College of Pharmacy
- Line up in the science building at 2:15 p.m.; doors to the Benson Auditorium will be unlocked 45 minutes after the noon ceremony concludes.
Fall 2022: December 17, 2022
- Line up for candidates will be in the science building at 9:15. (Guest seating will begin at 9 a.m.)
On the day of the ceremony there is a reception with hors d'oeuvres after the ceremony in the cafeteria to honor the graduates and their families (one reception in the fall and three in the May). All graduates, family members and friends are invited to join the Harding faculty and administrators for this informal, come-and-go celebration. This is your opportunity to introduce the special people in your life!