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Commencement 2017
Congratulations to all Clark University graduates who earned diplomas at our May 21 commencement ceremonies. Keynote speaker Dr. Earl Lewis, president of the Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation, urged the graduates to “do the unimagined” as they bring change to the world. The event marked the 113th commencement in University history, with 1,173 degrees conferred.

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Graduate student seeks to unfold mysteries of Alzheimer’s and diabetes

Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes affect 30 million Americans, and they share a common trait: the presence of “misfolded” proteins that aggregate and form amyloids. Valerie Ivancic, a doctoral candidate in biochemistry, is committed to combating these terrible illnesses at a molecular level. “I aspire to be a part of the solution for diseases that have such catastrophic consequences,” she says.

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“All of this is in line with where I am in my life and my journey.”

Daysha Williams ’17, theatre arts major, who earned a part in Spike Lee’s upcoming Netflix series



“There are a lot of opportunities in this research to improve people’s lives. That’s my main motivation.”

John Magee, assistant professor of computer science, with student researcher Rafael Zuniga ’18



“I find that I learn best by doing, and Clark has been full of opportunities for action.”

Despoina Lioliou ’17, psychology major, who aspires to reshape the Greek education system


Class of 2017