Harding University invites you celebrate Homecoming 2022

Oct. 21, 2022 | Homecoming |

Harding University invites you to celebrate its 98th year Oct. 27-29. Homecoming weekend will incorporate everything students, alumni, faculty, staff and community love about Harding — including this year’s theatre production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” 

“We are thrilled to welcome alumni and their families back to campus for Homecoming, which always serves as a special time to reminisce and reconnect,” said Heather Kemper, director of alumni and parent relations. “With more than 100 events to attend, there is something for everyone to enjoy! I’m especially looking forward to the Heritage Circle Banquet where we will honor the Class of 1972 returning to campus for their 50th reunion. Seeing their enthusiastic reunion and reconnection is always a highlight of the weekend.”

This year’s theatre production, “Cinderella,” is the Broadway update of the classic romantic fairy tale. This production features a brand-new book from librettist Douglas Carter Beane and has added several new characters and expanded the world of the original. However, at its core, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” remains the heartfelt tale of the girl from the cinders who connects with her prince. 

Tickets can be purchased for $18 or $20 at hardingtickets.com, the alumni and ticket office in the David B. Burks American Heritage Building or at the door. Tickets at the door will be $20. Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a meet and greet in the student center. For more information, contact the alumni and ticket office at 501-279-4276.

In addition to the annual musical, there will be several other Homecoming activities on campus.

Thursday, Oct. 27

  • Harding History Tour (Scan the QR codes at iconic campus locations.)
  • Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m., parking lot between Benson Auditorium and the Mabee Business Building

Friday, Oct. 28

  • Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., McInteer Bible and World Missions Center
  • Homecoming Art Show, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Stevens Art Gallery
  • Chapel, 9 a.m., Benson Auditorium
  • Faith and Business Symposium, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mabee Business Building
  • Harding History Tour (Scan the QR codes at iconic campus locations.)
  • University Chorus Mini-Concert, 12 p.m., Reynolds Recital Hall
  • Engineering Presentation by NSF Career Awardee Dr. James Huff, 12 p.m., Pryor- England Science Center, Room 300
  • Harding History House, 1-3 p.m., 205 N Lott Tucker Drive
  • Justified, Black Student Association Choir, 2-3 p.m., Benson steps
  • ROTC Fitness Challenge, 2:30-4:30 p.m., front lawn
  • Good News Singers, 4 p.m., C.L. Kay Plaza, in front of Benson Auditorium
  • “Live at Five” broadcast, 5 p.m., Reynolds Center TV studio
  • Bison 3K G.L.O.W. Run, 8 p.m., Bison Park, race information and registration at runsignup.com/bisonglowrun

Saturday, Oct. 29

  • Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., McInteer Bible and World Missions Center
  • Campus tour, 10 a.m., Heritage lobby
  • Harding History Tour (Scan the QR codes at iconic campus locations)
  • Alumni chapel, 10-10:30 a.m., Anthony and Wright Administration Building Auditorium
  • Harding History House, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 205 N Lott Tucker Drive
  • Art & Design Open House, 10 a.m.-2p.m. Stevens Art Gallery
  • Homecoming Art Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. outside main entrance to Stevens Art Gallery
  • Harding Authors book signing, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Hammon Student Center
  • Homecoming art show, 10:45 a.m.- 5 p.m., Stevens Art Gallery
  • Food trucks, inflatable games and petting zoo, 10:45 a.m-2:45 p.m., Ganus Activities Complex
  • Pied Pipers children’s theatre troupe, 11 a.m., Benson steps
  • Harding family picnic, food trucks and giant tailgate celebration, 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Ganus Activities Complex
  • Homecoming Parade, 11:45 a.m., E. Pleasure Ave. through Legacy Park, ends at First Security Stadium
  • Belles and Beaux concert, 1 p.m., Bison Park 
  • Thundering Herd Marching Band, 2:30 p.m., Bison Park
  • Bison football vs. Northwestern Oklahoma University, 3 p.m. First Security Stadium
  • Sankofa Gala sponsored by the African American Alumni Association, 7 p.m., Cone Chapel. Tickets available in the alumni office or online at www.hardingtickets.com.

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 110 undergraduate majors; 14 preprofessional programs; more than 40 graduate and professional programs; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Peru, England, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit harding.edu.

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