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Commencement - Clark University

Information for Senior 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.

Students who have completed all work and whose grades (no incompletes) have been received at the Registrar's Office are automatically included in the Commencement program and invited to participate in the graduation ceremony.

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 eliminated before you can be cleared for graduation. Contact your student account counselor, before April 1, with questions.

Last names beginning:
A-Ge: (508) 793–7721
Gf-No: (508) 793–7483
Np-Z: (508) 793–7491

All students who received federal or Clark institutional loans to finance their education 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.


Commencement 2014 will be held Sunday, May 18, on the Campus Green. The procession from Kneller Athletic Center begins promptly at 12 p.m.

If a last-minute emergency on the day of Commencement prevents you from joining the ceremony as planned, please call (508) 793-7575.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns for all graduating students may be picked up in the Atwood Hall Blue Room on:
Tuesday May 13, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday May 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

You will be required to show identification and will be fitted when you pick up your caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods. You will have been billed in advance for your outfit, which is yours to keep.

Please allow an extra 15 minutes or so to complete the Senior Survey when you pick up your outfit. This survey asks about your experience at Clark University and your plans for the future.

Clark Invitations for your family and friends

Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish to Commencement; guests do not need to show an invitation in order to attend. There is no charge for University invitations.

Five formal invitations will be delivered to your campus mailbox. You may request up to five additional invitations at the Dean of Students Office.


Indoor seating option for guests of Undergraduates is in Daniel's Theater in Atwood Hall. Both the University-wide ceremony and the Undergraduate Commencement will be broadcast in Atwood Hall.

Consideration for Physically Challenged Attendees

Family and Friends:

If special seating is required for physically challenged family or friends, please arrange to reserve seating in advance by contacting:

Physical Plant
(508) 793-7566

Clark Students:

Any Clark student needing special accommodations for him/herself should contact:

Emily Tarconish
Director of Disability Services

Commencement Brunch for Seniors and their Families

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Higgins University Center

Brunch reservations are available for Seniors and their families for $15 per adult or $6.50 per child under 12-years-old. Walk-ins are welcome for $17 per adult and $8.50 per child under 12-years-old. Please note brunch is general seating.

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Commencement Ceremony


Graduates must assemble by 11:30 a.m. sharp in Kneller Athletic Center wearing (or carrying) their cap and gown. The Kneller will open to graduates at 11:15 a.m.

Anyone who does not arrive in time for accurate placement in the procession risks not receiving a diploma on stage. Commencement is a formal affair. University 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 for all students. Graduate students will be seated in alphabetical order by degree in the sections closest to the stage; Undergraduate students will be seated in alphabetical order behind the Graduate students. Please find your seat and be seated; Commencement marshals will be available to assist. You will receive last-minute instructions at this time.


The undergraduate Commencement ceremony begins on the Campus Green after the all-inclusive ceremony and the recession of the graduate students. The undergraduate program includes opening remarks, honorary degree speaker, Senior Class speaker and the awarding of degrees and diplomas.

At the appropriate point in the ceremony, the faculty marshal will ask members of your degree group to stand. Remain standing as President Angel confers your degree. Your group then will proceed toward the podium, row by row, beginning at the front and the extreme left. Follow the person on your left. When your name is called, walk across the platform, receive your diploma and return to your seat.

To avoid disruption, and out of respect for all degree recipients, all students are expected to remain in their assigned seats for the entire ceremony. Students are advised to take care of their personal needs prior to the start of the procession. 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.

Photography and Video Coverage

Professional photographers will set up near the Commencement platforms to take photographs of each graduate as he/she is handed a diploma. Details about purchasing this photograph will be sent to students' homes directly from Commencement Photos, Inc. There is no obligation to buy. Additional information and online ordering is available through the company’s website after graduation day.

Family and friends may take their own photographs along the processional route from Kneller and from a small section reserved at the side of the platform.

A live video webcast will also be available during the ceremony and after.

Additional Information

If you have any additional questions please call or email:

Dean of the College Office
(508) 793-7671

Office of the Provost
(508) 793-7673

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!