For All Senior Degree & Evening School Candidates

student receiving diploma form President Angel


You will soon receive your degree from Clark University.

Commencement 2018 will be held Sunday, May 20, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green.

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 and attire requirements for Commencement 2018.

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. If you have any questions, please contact your student account counselor before April 1 at the phone number matching the first letter of your last name, below:

Last names beginning:

A-G (508) 793-7721
H-O (508)-793-7483
P-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 April about the exit interview process.

Senior Survey!

Make your voices heard! Please remember to complete the Senior Survey!

This survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time. Your feedback is extremely important to the University and future Clarkies – your opinions matter!

Your First Destination Survey will be completed when you pick up your cap and gown.

Five formal announcements will be delivered to your campus mailbox in April. These announcements are not tickets; they are formal written announcements of your impending graduation that you can share with family and friends. Additional announcements may be available from the Dean of Students office and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

You may invite as many guests as you wish to Commencement since undergraduate Commencement takes place outside on the campus green (rain or shine). Guests do not need to show an announcement or ticket in order to attend. Students graduating from the Evening Division will receive announcements at their home address.

Caps and gowns for all graduating seniors may be picked up in the Atwood Hall on:

Tuesday May 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday May 17, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

You will be required to show identification and will be fitted when you pick up your caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods. Please note you must pick up your own regalia; you may not send someone else to pick up your cap and gown! You will have been billed in advance for your regalia, which is yours to keep. If you wish to recycle your cap and gown you may drop them off with University Cap & Gown in the Kneller until 4 p.m. on Commencement Day, or in a bin just outside the Dean of the College Office (ASEC 222) until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23rd.

You will complete the First Destination Survey when you pick up your cap and gown.

Graduates and their families are invited to attend a brunch on Commencement day from 9 to 11 a.m. in Higgins University Center.

Brunch reservations are available for graduates and their families at $12.50 per adult, $10.50 for senior citizens (65+), $7 for graduating students, $6 for children 6-12 years-old; children under 5-years-old eat free. Walk-ins are welcome for $13 per person; children under 5-years-old eat free. Please remember to include your graduating student in your reservation. Please note brunch is general seating.


Attendance and Assembly

The processional begins at noon (12 p.m.). Graduates must assemble by 11:30 a.m. sharp in the Kneller Athletic Center wearing (or carrying) their caps and gowns. 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. If a last-minute emergency on the day of Commencement prevents you from joining the ceremony as planned, please call 508-793-7575. 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. Caps may be tastefully decorated; gowns may not be altered in any way.

Backpacks or large handbags will not be allowed at Commencement. High-heeled shoes are not recommended for the procession or ceremony.

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 be seated. Commencement Marshals will be on hand to help. You will receive last-minute instructions at this time.


From the Kneller, you will walk in pairs to the Commencement area. Students must take their seats on the Campus Green, and stay in the same order in which they were seated in the Kneller.


Part I

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 one hour.

Part II

At the conclusion of the University-wide ceremony, designated members of the platform party, followed by graduate students, will process to the Kneller Athletic Center for the Graduate School Commencement.

The Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will continue on the Campus Green. 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 will then 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 faculty 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.

Guest seating is on the campus green. Indoor seating for guests of undergraduates is located in Daniels Theater (Atwood Hall). Both the University-wide ceremony and the Undergraduate Commencement will be broadcast in Atwood Hall.

Consideration for Guests with Mobility Issues:

If seating is required for family or friends with mobility issues, please arrange to reserve seating in advance by contacting Facilities Management at 508-793-7566 or

Any Clark student needing special accommodations should contact Amy Curran, Assistant Director of student accessibility services.


Professional photographers will set up near the Commencement platforms to take photographs of graduates as they are handed their diplomas. 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.

Please note that this professional photograph is a candid shot and graduates are asked not to stop and pose as this will hold up the diploma-awarding part of the ceremony; photographers will not take posed photos. To ensure your photograph comes out well, please be sure to look at the president and smile when you are receiving your diploma.

Family and friends may take their own photographs along the processional route from the Kneller Athletic Center. Please note: there are no photography areas near the stage; we respectfully ask that guests do not approach the platform for photographs as this creates unsafe conditions and blocks the views of others.

Livestreaming and Video

Clark will use to broadcast Commencement. You can also watch Commencement on-demand (available shortly after the ceremony finishes), or download the event.




Guests may park in all permit lots, and on the streets surrounding campus.


If after reviewing the information on this page you have additional questions, please email the Dean of the College Office or call 508-793-7671.