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Commencement - Clark University

Information for Graduate School of Management Degree Candidates

Congratulations! You will soon receive your degree from Clark University! 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.


Commencement 2014 will be held Sunday, May 18, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green.

  • Graduate student must assemble at the Kneller Athletic Center at 11:15 a.m. sharp wearing their caps and gowns
  • Processional begins at 12 p.m. sharp from the Kneller Athletic Center
  • The ceremony begins at 12:30

Please review your student account to see if you have any holds and/or a balance due. All holds and balances must be eliminated before you can be cleared for graduation. Please contact Amy Borges (508) 793-7137, Budget Office Assistant, if you have any questions.

All students who received federally funded or Clark institutional loans to finance their educations must complete an online exit interview. These are mandatory, and diplomas of any students who do not complete online exit interviews 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 in Atwood Hall Blue Room on:
Tuesday May 13, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday May 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Southborough Campus:
Wednesday May 14 from 4:00 – 6:15p.m. students can pick up cap and gowns at the Southborough campus. 

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.


Five formal invitations are available for each student to pick up in office number 226 on the second floor of Carlson Hall.

GSOM Breakfast Reception

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
GSOM will be hosting a continental breakfast for graduates and their families the morning of Clark's Commencement, Sunday, May 18, 2014. The breakfast will be held in the Bassett Admissions Center from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m..

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Consideration for Guests

Graduate Student Guest Seating on the Campus Green

Sections of seating on the Goddard Library side of the green will be designated as preferred Graduate Student Guest seating. This will enable guests to easily leave at the conclusion of the first ceremony and walk to the Kneller for the graduate student ceremony.

Graduate Student Guest Seating in the Kneller Athletic Center

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 guests will be directed to the air-conditioned comfort of the Sackler Science Center with a live video feed of the graduate student ceremony.

To allow all to hear and enjoy the Commencement ceremony without disruption, we request that students hold off celebrating until after the final recession. Drinking and raucous behavior during the ceremonies will not be permitted.

Consideration for Physically Challenged Attendees

Family and Friends:
If seating is required for physically challenged family or friends, please arrange to reserve seating in advance by contacting:
Physical Plant (508) 793-7566

Clark Graduate Students:
Any Clark student needing special accommodations for him/herself should contact:
Emily Tarconish, Director of Disability Services


Photography and Video Coverage

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, but there is no obligation to buy. Family and friends may take their own photographs along the processional route from the Kneller.

Clark will record the commencement ceremony and provide a live webcast online. Information about how to purchase a copy of the webcast and/or how to view the webcast live will be available on our website later this spring.

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!