Phu Pham of Newport was one of more than 750 graduates to receive a diploma at Harding University's commencement exercises May 11.

Pham received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology. 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. Dr. 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 held in the George S. Benson Auditorium. Burks presented the diplomas to all students.