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 Dates     

Spring 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 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 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.

Honor Cords

Honor Cords:


NameOrganizationColorsPick-up Location
Alpha ChiNational Academic Honor SocietyGREEN/BLUEStudent Center 222
Alpha Psi OmegaTheatreGOLD/BLUEReynolds C101
American StudiesAmerican Studies InstituteRED/WHITE/BLUEHeritage 211
Delta Mu DeltaBusinessPURPLE/GOLDMabee 100
Kappa Delta PiEducationPURPLEThornton Education Center 130
Nu Delta Chapter of Kappa Omicron NuFamily & Consumer SciencesMAUVE/IVORYHendrix 210
Omicron Delta KappaNational Leadership Honor SocietyLIGHT BLUE/BLACKSears Honors House
Phi Alpha ThetaHistoryRED/LIGHT BLUEGanus 120
Pi Sigma AlphaPolitical ScienceRED/WHITE/BLACKGanus 120
Sigma Tau DeltaEnglishRED/BLACKAmerican Studies 300
Sigma Theta TauNursingPURPLE/WHITEorder from

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.


Tassel Colors

B.A.Art and Humanities, Business and SciencesWHITE
B.A.College of EducationLIGHT BLUE
B.A.Communication Sciences & DisordersSILVER
B.F.A.Fine ArtsBROWN
B.M.E.Music EducationPINK
B.S.Arts and Humanities 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.B.A.BusinessKHAKI Tassel, KHAKI Hood
M.S.Education-Professional 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

Grad Fest Sm

Grad Fest Fall 2015:

October 19 & 20

9:00 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

Grad Fest at Harding is a one-stop event for all University students who are graduating and participating in commencement ceremonies at the conclusion of the semester.

The event will take place in the Liberty Room.


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.

"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

Contact Us

Location: Administration room 102

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