Harding University in Searcy Commencement Set for May 7-8

Harding University’s spring commencement ceremonies will be held Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, celebrating the accomplishments of more than 800 students. A ceremony will be held Friday, May 7 at 4 p.m., and four ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the University’s George S. Benson Auditorium. All COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing and safety will be followed. 

Members of this semester’s graduating class represent 16 different nations and territories, as well as 42 states. 

Degrees will be conferred from the College of Allied Health, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Cannon-Clary College of Education, Carr College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Sciences, Honors College and University College.

Five speakers have been chosen for the commencement ceremonies this year. 

  • Dr. Dale Manor, professor emeritus of archaeology and Bible and administrator and curator of Harding’s Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology
  • Dr. Ann Brown, associate professor of English and director of the McNair Scholars Program 
  • Dr. John Henderson, retired cardiologist and chief medical officer for Unity Health 
  • Dr. Cliff Ganus, distinguished professor emeritus of music and former chair of the department
  • Dr. Ken Cameron, professor emeritus of behavioral sciences 

University President David Burks will confer the earned degrees at the ceremony. Doors open approximately one hour prior to each ceremony for guest seating. For more information about the commencement ceremony, visit harding.edu/graduation.

Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents students from across the U.S. and more than 50 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors; more than 50 graduate and professional programs including master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees, graduate certificates and endorsements; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Peru, England, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit harding.edu.