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Applying for Graduation

Applications for December 2021 were due March 1. Students can still apply, but there is a $50 late fee. Applications for May or Summer 2022 graduation are due October 1. There is no penalty for applying early. The Graduation Application is available on Pipeline in the “Student Records” section.

Commencement Schedule

Benson Auditorium
Fall - December 18, 2021

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

Ticketing for guest seating will be first come, first served and available for ordering after November 1st. Seating is limited so discretion is appreciated. Benson doors will be opened at 9 a.m. for guest seating.

Spring - May 7, 2022

Due to the uncertainty of future COVID-19 protocol requirements, details for the commencement ceremonies will be posted after the start of the spring semester.

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.

GradFest logo

October 18-19, 2021
(for Summer graduates and December candidates for graduation)

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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 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?

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.

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-Educational LeadershipLIGHT BLUE
Ed.S.Education-Clinical Mental Health CounselingOLD GOLD Tassel/LIGHT BLUE Hood
M.S.Education-Professional School CounselingLIGHT BLUE
M.S.Speech-Language PathologySILVER
M.S.M.F.C.T.Marriage and Family Counseling/TherapyLIGHT BLUE
M.A.T., M.Ed., M.S., M.S.E.EducationLIGHT BLUE
M.S.P.A.SPhysician AssistantKELLY GREEN

Honor Cords

OrganizationColorsPick-up Location
Alpha Chi
National Academic Honor Society
GREEN/BLUESears Honors House
Alpha Psi Omega
GOLD/BLUEReynolds C101
American Studies InstituteRED/WHITE/BLUEHeritage 211
Delta Mu Delta
Kappa Delta Pi
PURPLEThornton Education Center 130
Kappa Mu Epsilon
PINK/GRAYPryor-England 100-D
Nu Delta Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu
Family & Consumer Sciences
MAUVE/IVORYHendrix 210
Omicron Delta Kappa
National Leadership Honor Society
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Sigma Iota
Foreign Language
PURPLE/WHITEorder in Ganus 100
Pi Sigma Alpha
Political Science
Psi Chi
DARK BLUE/ PLATINUMorder from www.psichi.org/
Sigma Nu Tau
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 on the transcript.

Diploma Information

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".

Transcript Information

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.

About the week preceding commencement

If you were not able to pick up your cap and gown at Grad Fest, you can go online to harding.shopoakhalli.com and complete the ordering information. Beginning the week preceding the commencement ceremony, regalia may be picked up in the Harding Bookstore (HUB) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and on Saturday morning beginning an hour before the first ceremony until 5:30 p.m.

If you pre-ordered a packet, it will be ready with your name on it. 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 HUB at 501-279-4351 with questions. The HUB will have a limited amount of regalia on hand and these gowns will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis thru graduation Saturday.

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 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 should enter the Benson with their tickets and be in their assigned seats at least 20 minutes prior to ceremony start time.

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4388

Location: Administration 106

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

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