The Edmond Sun

July 5, 2013

Students graduate from Harding University

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The following local residents were among more than 750 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University’s commencement exercises May 11.

Derek Laxton of Edmond received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

Tessa Roberts of Edmond received a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology.

Graduates in the 9 a.m. ceremony included students from the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Cannon-Clary College of Education, and the Honors College. The 1 p.m. ceremony was for students graduating from the College of Allied Health, Carr College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and College of Sciences.

David Burks, chancellor of Harding University, was the speaker for both ceremonies. Burks became president in May 1987 and retired to the roll of chancellor this June, concluding his 26th year as president. The ceremonies were in the George S. Benson Auditorium. Burks presented the diplomas to all students.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas with 6,815 students and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit