Graduating this semester?
Commencement is an exciting day and we want you to enjoy the celebration with friends and family.
Make sure you're approved, prepared and know where to be and when to be there by reading the information below and attending GradFest.
Carefully review the information below, and refer to the contact info for any questions you may have as early as possible. In general questions regarding graduation may be sent to email@example.com.
Commencement ScheduleBenson Auditorium
Fall - December 16, 2017
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 9:30. Benson doors will be opened at 9 a.m. for guest seating
Spring - May 5, 2018
9 a.m. - College of Bible and Ministry, Carr College of Nursing, College of Sciences
12 p.m. - College of Arts & Humanities, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Honors College
3 p.m. - College of Allied Health, Cannon-Clary College of Education, College of Pharmacy
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, 2017
(for Summer graduates and December candidates for graduation)
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(just off the Heritage Lobby)
May 2016 Graduates
Check out what a few May 2016 graduates had to say about their time at Harding.
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 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 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.
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.
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 Sciences||WHITE|
|B.A.||Communication Sciences & Disorders||SILVER|
|B.S.||Arts and Humanities, Honors (IDS) 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.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|
National Academic Honor Society
|GREEN/BLUE||Student Center 222|
|Alpha Psi Omega|
|American Studies Institute||RED/WHITE/BLUE||Heritage 211|
|Delta Mu Delta|
|Kappa Delta Pi|
|PURPLE||Thornton Education Center 130|
|Nu Delta Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu|
Family & Consumer Sciences
|Omicron Delta Kappa|
National Leadership Honor Society
|LIGHT BLUE/BLACK||Sears Honors House|
|Phi Alpha Theta|
|RED/LIGHT BLUE||Ganus 120|
|Pi Sigma Alpha|
|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.
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 oakhalli.com/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 (see the section on Academic Regalia). 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 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 ceremony. Rather, students will be led in by faculty marshals.
Where you need to be on commencement day
December 16, 2017
Line up for candidates will be in the science building at 9:30. (Guest seating will begin at 9 a.m.)
Spring 2018: May 5, 2018
9 a.m. - College of Bible & 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 and Humanities, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, and Honors College (Interdisciplinary Studies majors only)
- (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.)
Guest seating in Benson Auditorium is available on a first come basis approximately one hour prior to each ceremony. Guests may not reserve seats for more than 4 individuals (including themselves). Seating is available for the handicapped and elderly upon request to an usher.
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 reception with hors d' oeuvres 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.
Candidates for graduation who need special accommodations due to physical limitations must contact us at email@example.com so that needed arrangements can be made prior to the ceremony. We want to include all students who have successfully completed their program of study.
Guests attending commencement needing special accommodations will be assisted by our ushers. Reserved parking is available directly behind the Benson Auditorium. There is a ramp that gives access from the parking lot into the auditorium without climbing steps. Facilities for wheelchairs and special seating is limited. We will do our best to seat the group together. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.