SEARCY, Ark. (May 3, 2021) — Harding University’s spring commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 7, celebrating the accomplishments of more than 700 students. Three ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the University’s George S. Benson Auditorium.

Members of this semester’s graduating class represent 18 different nations and territories and 39 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 and University College.

Three faculty members who will be retiring this summer have been chosen to speak at the commencement ceremonies this year.

  • Dr. Clara Carroll, associate dean of the Cannon-Clary College of Education

  • Dr. Daniel Stockstill, associate dean of the College of Bible and Ministry

  • Dr. Phil Thompson, professor of Bible

University President David Burks will recognize the candidates as they are recommended by the faculty for graduation. Doors open approximately one hour prior to each ceremony for guest seating. The ceremony is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required for admittance. To reserve a ticket or learn more information about the commencement ceremonies, visit