SEARCY — Harding University invites everyone to celebrate its 96th anniversary Oct. 29-31 online. The celebration, a virtual experience, will provide numerous opportunities for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater for a lineup of spirit and camaraderie building activities from the comfort of their homes.

“It’s hard to imagine homecoming without the energy of our alumni back on campus, but we are excited to offer a virtual program that will allow everyone to participate online and not miss a single event,” said Heather Kemper, director of alumni and parent relations. “Being able to honor our outstanding alumni is an important tradition that will continue this year through the virtual Black and Gold Banquet where you will hear some very inspiring stories from alumni around the world who are making a significant impact in their fields. We will miss the hustle and bustle of homecoming weekend and can’t wait to host our alumni on campus again!”

The homecoming weekend will celebrate everything students, alumni, faculty, staff and community love about Harding and give a special look at life on campus during this time. Tune in for performances from the Thundering Herd, Belles and Beaux, Pied Pipers, a special theater presentation, the “Live at Five” broadcast, the presentation of Alumni Awards at the virtual Black and Gold Banquet, and the crowning of the homecoming queen during a parade on campus. The parade is a closed event, but viewers can watch it live via streaming. In addition to live performances, there will also be past years’ activities that can be viewed on demand such as homecoming football games from previous years.

For more information and a schedule of live and on-demand events and how to view them go to Follow Harding University and Harding Alumni on social media to learn about fun activities leading up to homecoming.

Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy. 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; graduate and professional degrees at the master’s, specialist and doctoral levels; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Peru, England, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit

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