Although most of your work is completed, there are a few significant details to which you need to attend before graduation in May. Please read carefully and note important dates, times, locations, procedures, attire requirements, and guest considerations for Commencement 2014.
Most of the information for Commencement 2014 listed here for undergraduate students also applies to graduate students.
Commencement 2014 will be held Sunday, May 18, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green. The procession from Kneller Athletic Center begins at 12 p.m. sharp.
Students who have completed all work and whose grades (no incompletes) have been received at the Registrar's Office automatically are included in the Commencement program and invited to participate in the graduation ceremony.
If a last-minute emergency prevents you from joining the ceremony as planned, please call (508) 793-7575.
Please review your student account prior to April 1 to see if you have any holds and/or a balance due. All holds and balances must be cleared before you can be cleared for graduation. You may contact your student account counselor with questions. If your last name begins with:
- A-Ge, call (508) 793-7721
- Gf-No, call (508) 793-7483
- Np-Z, call (508) 793-7491
All students who received federally funded or Clark institutional loans to finance their educations must complete an online exit interview. The exit interviews are mandatory, and diplomas of any students who do not complete an online exit interview may be withheld. You will be notified in March about the exit interview process.
Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns for all graduating students may be picked up on:
Tuesday May 13, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday May 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
You will be fitted when you pick up your souvenir caps, gowns, tassels and hoods and you will have been billed in advance for your outfit, which is yours to keep.
The charge for master's degree souvenir caps, gowns, tassels and hoods is $28, due and payable to University Cap and Gown upon pickup. The outfit is yours to keep.
You may invite as many guests as you wish to the COPACE brunch and Commencement. If you would like to send out formal Commencement invitations to family and friends, you may pick them up at the COPACE Office in room 111, Jonas Clark Hall in May. Five printed invitations are available for each graduating student.
Graduate Student Dinner
On May 13, 2014 in Tilton Hall the graduate students from the College of Professional and Continuing Education are invited to attend to a Graduate Programs Dinner. Invitations and additional information to this event will be mailed out at a later date.
On Commencement Day at 9:00 am in Tilton Hall, undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Professional and Continuing Education are honored during our annual Commencement Brunch. This is an RSVP required event with assigned seating. The induction ceremony for the new members of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society will take place during the brunch. Alpha Sigma Lambda is the National Evening College Honor Society and Alpha Epsilon Lambda is an honor society for graduate and professional students. Due to the induction ceremony and other award events timely arrival at the brunch is appreciated.
Students and families are warmly invited to participate in this event — it is a wonderful way to begin your Graduation Day! Additional information regarding Brunch will be mailed to you at a later date.
Alpha Sigma Lambda was established as a National Honor Society in 1947, and in 1963, COPACE established the Psi Chapter. The honor society recognizes students who maintain high scholastic standards in their academic programs while successfully balancing the demands of their adult lives.
Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the honor society of graduate and professional school students, was founded in 1990 and the Alpha Omicron chapter was established at Clark University in 2006. This society was founded with the specific objective of recognizing the academic and leadership accomplishments of graduate and professional school students. Members are installed into the society at the Graduate Programs annual dinner in May.
Commencement Day Schedule
If you are graduating, and not attending the brunch, assemble at 11:30 a.m. sharp in Kneller Athletic Center wearing (or carrying) your cap and gown. Anyone who does not arrive in time for accurate placement in the procession will not receive a diploma on stage.
Commencement is a formal affair. Commencement officials reserve the right to prohibit a student from participating if the formal cap and gown are not worn, or if the student's identity is concealed in any way.
In the Kneller gymnasium, tagged seats are arranged alphabetically. Find the one with your name on it and be seated. You will receive last-minute instructions at this time.
From Kneller, you will walk in pairs to the Commencement area. When you take your seat on the Campus Green, stay in alphabetical order—otherwise you might get someone else's diploma.
The program will begin on the Campus Green and will include a welcome, opening remarks, the Commencement address, conferring of honorary degrees and recognition of all graduates. This portion of the ceremony will run approximately 1 hour.
At the conclusion of the all-inclusive ceremony, designated members of the platform party, followed by graduate students, will process behind the piper and drummer to the Kneller Athletic Center for a Graduate School Commencement. Families of graduate students will be directed in an orderly fashion to the Kneller Athletic Center where they will enter the building via the entrance designated for guests. Details on the graduate processional will be available on individual graduate school Web pages.
The undergraduate Commencement ceremony will continue on the Campus Green. Additional details are available on the Senior Students Web page.
Consideration for Guests
Indoor seating option for guests of Undergraduates is located in Daniel's Theater/Atwood Hall. Both the University-wide ceremony and the Undergraduate Commencement will be broadcast in Atwood Hall.
Guests of Graduate students who prefer indoor seating should go to the Kneller Athletic Center where the Graduate Commencement will be held after the University-wide ceremony. The Kneller Athletic Center will open to guests of Graduate students shortly after the noontime procession to the campus Green has ended. Guest seating for the graduate student portion of Commencement will be very limited. Students are asked to bring no more than three guests to the Kneller Athletic Center for the graduate student ceremony.
Additional/overflow seating options for guests of Graduate students are available in Johnson Auditorium in the Sackler Science building. Both the University-wide ceremony and the Graduate Commencement will be broadcast in Johnson Auditorium in addition to the Kneller Athletic Center.
Because guests of Graduate students will move to the Kneller Athletic Center after the University-wide ceremony, specific seating areas on the campus Green are recommended and will be marked with green banners. These seating areas will provide easier access to the Kneller Athletic Center from the campus Green. All other seating areas on the campus Green are recommended for Undergraduate guests.
If special seating is required for physically challenged family or friends, please contact Physical Plant (508) 793-7566 in advance to arrange reserved seating.
To allow all to hear and enjoy the Commencement ceremony without disruption, we request that you hold off celebrating until after the final recession. Drinking and raucous behavior during the ceremony will not be permitted.
After the ceremony, the formal recession of the platform party begins. You are expected to remain seated until the party has left the platform. Graduates will follow the platform party in a recession from the platform to Atwood Plaza along the walk beside Jefferson Academic Center, where faculty members will have formed a receiving line to congratulate you.
Photographs and Video Recordings
Professional photographers will set up near the Commencement platform to take photographs of each graduate as he/she is handed a diploma. Details about purchasing this photograph will be sent to students' homes after graduation, but there is no obligation to buy.
Family and friends may take their own photo graphs along the processional route from Kneller and from a small section reserved at the side of the platform.
Clark will be video taping the commencement ceremony and broadcasting a live webcast online. More information about the webcast will be included with a link to same on this website.
We Salute You On May 18, 2014, you will reach your destination as graduates of Clark University and begin your journey as Clark Alumni, Class of 2014!