Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Graduation Policies and Procedures



For Undergraduate Programs

Students must file a request to graduate by completing the graduation application online within two semesters of graduation, but no later than completing 110 credit hours.

The application deadlines are:

  • March 1 for Fall (December) candidates (on track students may apply up to October 1 with a late fee)
  • October 1 for Spring (May) candidates (on track students may apply up to March 1 with a late fee)
  • March 1 for Summer (July/August) candidates (on track students may apply up to June 20 with a late fee)

Failure to file a request to graduate in a timely manner may result in a student not being approved to walk in the commencement ceremony. Students who file for graduation after the deadline will be charged a $55 late fee and cannot be guaranteed that their name will appear in the commencement ceremony program. There is no penalty for filing early.

Upon filing a request to graduate, the following minimum requirements for graduation will be evaluated for all students:

  1. Complete and pass 120 semester hours. Some majors require more.
  2. Complete and pass 93 hours of formal instruction (e.g., classroom instruction, online courses, independent study, co-op and field work, contract courses, validation, correspondence courses). Credit earned without formal instruction (e.g., AP, CLEP, IB, credit by examination) does not count toward the 93 hours.
  3. Complete and pass 42 hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above at Harding).
  4. Complete and pass 30 hours in residence at Harding.
  5. Grade point average (GPA) requirements:
    1. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on all work; some majors require a higher GPA.
    2. Earn a major GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major as well as in all major courses taken at Harding; some majors require a higher GPA.
    3. Earn a minor GPA of 2.0 or higher in the minor whether required or elective.
    4. Earn an institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher on all work taken at Harding.
  6. Earn 18 hours in the major at Harding, which includes nine upper-level hours (for a Bible major, 10 hours). If a major requires a capstone course, that course must be taken through Harding and would be considered part of the nine hours of upper-level credit within the major.
  7. Earn 60 hours at a four-year institution.
  8. Complete and pass all Liberal Arts  (including eight textual hours) and major requirements as outlined in the Catalog. For the post-baccalaureate student, the liberal arts curriculum will be considered complete if at least 35 hours of liberal arts credits were earned in their first degree; however, the student must meet Bible graduation requirements, which are in addition to the 35 liberal arts hours.
  9. Satisfy the English proficiency requirement by earning a grade of C or higher in both ENG 1110  (or ENG 1100 ) and ENG 2110 .
    1. CLEP and AP credit earned for ENG 1110  will satisfy the ENG 1110  requirement.
    2. AP credit earned for ENG 2110  will satisfy the ENG 2110  requirement.
    3. HNRS 2010  with a grade of C or higher substituted for ENG 1110  or ENG 2110  will satisfy the requirements for that course.
    4. The requirement is waived for post-baccalaureate students.

For purposes of minimum requirements for graduation, registered students may choose to use a newer catalog year in which they have been enrolled. However, a student may not use a catalog that is more than eight years old at the time of the student’s graduation.

Graduation Honors: Graduating seniors who achieve at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA graduate cum laude. Those with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 graduate magna cum laude, and those with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher graduate summa cum laude.

Unresponsive Students with Completed Requirements: Students must graduate at the end of the semester their degree program(s) show as completed. If a student does not apply by the deadline, the University reserves the right to manually create a graduation application using the information in the student’s record. The student shall be subject to the conditions of a candidate for graduation, be charged the graduation fee, and a $100 late fee. Exceptions would need to be approved by the Registrar’s Office in consultation with the Financial Aid Office. Unless the student provides a valid mailing address before the release of the diploma, it will be mailed to the Registrar’s Office for the student to collect.

Commencement will be held on the Saturday immediately following the last Friday of the Fall and Spring terms. All students must be in Harding-approved regalia to participate in Commencement. Summer graduates are invited to participate in the Fall commencement. Degrees will be conferred once all grades are posted and all graduation requirements are confirmed and validated. In all cases, the conferral date of any degree will always be after the requirements for that degree have been completely satisfied and verified. No degree will have a conferral date that precedes the completion of requirements. Harding University will only use the legal name of the student at the time of conferral on the diploma. The diploma name must be a recognizable form of the student’s legal name (no nicknames). Once a degree has been awarded, the GPA earned for that degree cannot be altered by repeating courses.

Students who graduate and earn more than one degree in the same semester are charged the graduation fee for the highest degree and a $30 diploma fee for each additional degree. They will receive academic regalia for the highest degree earned and can participate in commencement for that degree. If their degrees are at the same level, they can choose which regalia to receive and can participate in the commencement associated with that degree.

Students who are completing degree requirements through Harding during intersession may participate in the May commencement ceremony. Students enrolled in courses ending after May intersession may have degrees conferred during the summer and are encouraged to participate in the December commencement ceremony.


For Graduate and Professional Programs

Students must file a request to graduate by completing the graduation application online the semester they plan to graduate. The application deadlines are:

  • October 1 for Fall (December) candidates
  • March 1 for Spring (May) candidates
  • June 20 for Summer (July/August) candidates

Students who file for graduation after the deadline will be charged a $55 late fee and cannot be guaranteed that their name will appear in the commencement ceremony program. There is no penalty for filing early.

The following are minimum requirements for graduation:

  1. Complete and pass all coursework as determined by the program in which the student is enrolled.
  2. Comply with program guidelines regarding the maximum allowable transfer hours from other institutions.
  3. Earn the grade point average (GPA) required by the program in which the student is enrolled.
  4. For each graduate or professional program, the faculty will determine curricular components that meet the university Bible requirement which is guided by the approved Bible learning framework  statements. The Bible requirement may be met by a stand-alone course or by a written plan explaining how Bible-related components equivalent to 2 semester credit hours are incorporated across the curriculum. 
  5. Submit the “Graduation Application” via Pipeline.
  6. Fulfill all financial obligations to the university.
  7. Be recommended for graduation by the specific program/college.

Lack of knowledge or incorrect interpretation of University policies and regulations does not remove the student from the obligation to satisfy all requirements for a degree. The student bears the ultimate responsibility for completing a degree program. Information on how to generate a degree audit may be found at www.harding.edu/registrar.

Unresponsive Students with Completed Requirements: Students must graduate at the end of the semester their degree(s) programs show as completed. If a student does not apply by the deadline, the University reserves the right to manually create a graduation application using the information in the student’s record. The student shall be subject to the conditions of a candidate for graduation, be charged the graduation fee, and a $100 late fee. Unless the student provides a valid mailing address before the release of the diploma, it will be mailed to the Registrar’s Office for the student to collect.

A graduation ceremony will be held on the Saturday immediately following the last Friday of the Fall and Spring terms. All students must be in Harding-approved regalia to participate in Commencement. Students who graduate and earn more than one degree in the same semester are charged the graduation fee for the highest degree and a $30 diploma fee for each additional degree. They will receive academic regalia for the highest degree earned and can participate in commencement for that degree. If their degrees are at the same level, they can choose which regalia to receive and can participate in the commencement associated with that degree. Degrees will be conferred once all grades are posted and all graduation requirements are confirmed and validated. In all cases, the conferral date of any degree will always be after the requirements for that degree have been completely satisfied and verified. No degree will have a conferral date that precedes the completion of requirements.

For purposes of minimum requirements for graduation, a graduate or professional student may use any one catalog from the date of initial enrollment in the degree program up to and including the year of graduation from Harding, provided that such catalog is not more than eight years old at the time of the student’s graduation, unless otherwise specified by the program. Please note that accrediting agencies or licensure requirements may mandate changes, necessitating program modifications. Students are encouraged to stay current with such changes and should consult with their advisors. The student bears the ultimate responsibility for completing a degree program.