Several students from the Conway area were among about 360 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University’s commencement Dec. 15.

Local students earning degrees are: Ashley Allen of Conway, a Master of Science in physician assistant studies; Benjamin Bond of Conway, a Bachelor of Arts in art; Michael Griffith of Conway, a Master of Science in physician assistant studies; and Kathi Sweere of Conway, a Doctor of Education in educational leadership.

President of the University David B. Burks presented the diplomas to the graduates. John Reese, a member of the Harding University Board of Trustees, was featured as the keynote speaker.

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 www.harding.edu.