You will soon receive your degree from Clark University. Commencement 2019 will be held Sunday, May 19, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green.
Although most of your work is completed, there are a few significant details to which you must attend before graduation in May. Please read carefully and note important dates, times, locations, procedures and attire requirements for Commencement 2019.
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 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 your student account counselor if you have any questions.
All students who received federally funded or Clark institutional loans to finance their education must complete an online exit interview. These are mandatory, and diplomas of students who do not complete online exit interviews may be withheld. You will be notified in March about the exit interview process.
Wristbands for Guests
Due to limited capacity seating in the Kneller, wristbands will be required for all guests. We guarantee two wristbands per student and will do our best to accommodate additional guests. Detailed information will be available on the Commencement attendance form. Students will be notified about their requests for additional wristbands by April 19, along with dates, times, and locations for pick up.
All other guests of graduate students may watch the graduate diploma-awarding ceremony via live broadcast in the comfort of Johnson Auditorium in the Sackler Sciences Center.
Announcements to send to family and friends are available through the GSOM Office. Please note these announcements are not tickets, but are formal written announcements of your impending graduation that you can share with family and friends. Announcements are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be picked up in Carlson 226 or at GSOM’s Southborough campus. An email will be sent to students to let them know when they are available for pick up. Supplies are limited.
Graduate students must order their own Commencement regalia through University Cap and Gown. Students who have submitted the Application for Degree form will receive links through their Clark email to the Graduate Student Commencement Attendance form and to University Cap and Gown to order regalia. Attendance form and regalia order must be complete by March 26th.
You may have your regalia shipped to your home address for an additional fee, or you may pick it up on campus in Atwood Hall on either Tuesday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Thursday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please note you must pick up your own regalia; you may not send someone else to pick up your cap and gown!
Master’s degree regalia, which costs $28, is yours to keep. If you choose to recycle your regalia instead of keeping it, you may drop it off with University Cap & Gown in the Kneller Athletic Center on Commencement day until 4 p.m. You may also drop garments off on the second floor of the Alumni and Student Engagement Center, just outside the Dean of the College Office (ASEC 222), until 5 p.m. on May 22nd.
GSOM Commencement Morning – Carlson Hall, first floor
Please be sure to stop by Carlson Hall between 9:30 am and 11 am the morning of Commencement, Sunday, May 19, 2019 and enjoy some pastries and coffee with your classmates and their families, GSOM faculty and staff before attending the graduation ceremony.
Attendance and Assembly
The processional begins at noon (12 p.m.). Graduate students must assemble by 11:15 a.m. sharp in the Kneller Athletic Center wearing (or carrying) their caps and gowns. The Kneller will open to graduates at 11 a.m. 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, students will walk in a formal procession 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.
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.
At the conclusion of the ceremony above, designated members of the platform party, followed by graduate students, will process behind the piper and drummer to the Kneller Athletic Center for the Graduate School Commencement.
Families of graduate students will be directed in an orderly fashion to either the Kneller Athletic Center or Johnson Auditorium / Sackler Science Center. Please note: Guests of graduate students with wristbands will recess to Kneller Athletic Center. Guests of graduate students without wristbands will recess to the Johnson Auditorium in Sackler Science Center to watch the graduate school ceremony via live feed. Commencement is expected to end at approximately 2:30 p.m.
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 down the center aisle and out the back door of the Kneller. Faculty members will have formed a receiving line on the Kneller patio to congratulate you.
To allow all attendees 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.
Guest Seating for Part I: Outdoors on the Campus Green
We recommend that guests of Graduate School students who choose to watch the first part of commencement (University-wide ceremony) outside on the campus green sit in the sections shaded in green on the commencement campus map. This will enable guests to easily leave at the conclusion of the first ceremony and walk to the Kneller or Sackler for the graduate student ceremony.
Guest Seating for Part II: Kneller Athletic Center and Johnson Auditorium, Sackler Sciences Center
Guest seating for the graduate student portion of Commencement is limited and guests must have a wristband for entrance into the Kneller. Additional/overflow seating for guests of graduate students is in Johnson Auditorium in the Sackler Sciences Center. Both the University-wide ceremony and the Graduate Commencement will be broadcast in Johnson Auditorium as well as the Kneller Athletic Center.
Indoor Seating for the Entirety of Commencement
Guests of graduate students who prefer indoor seating for all of Commencement should proceed as follows:
- Guests with Kneller wristbands should go directly to the Kneller Athletic Center after the initial procession has ended. The Kneller will open approximately 15 minutes after the last student has processed from the building.
- Guests of graduate students without wristbands who prefer indoor seating for all of Commencement should proceed to the Johnson Auditorium in the Sackler Sciences Center to view the University-wide and the Graduate Commencement via live feed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We highly encourage family or friends who have reserved seating for the Graduate School ceremony to come directly to the Kneller Athletic Center lobby. Commencement staff be waiting with a list of reservations and will check you in when you arrive. You will be escorted to the reserved seating section in the gym shortly after the procession to the campus green has left the Kneller (approximately 10 minutes after the procession). Guests will be able to watch the opening ceremony and speeches via live feed while waiting in the lobby as well as when they are seated inside. The graduate students will process back to the Kneller between 1:15 and 1:30 and the graduate diploma awarding ceremony will begin.
Any Clark student needing special accommodations should contact Thomas Sawicki, 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 provost 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 or stand in the aisles for photographs as this creates unsafe conditions and blocks the views of others.
Livestreaming and Video
Clark will use Livestream.com to broadcast Commencement. You can also watch Commencement on-demand (available shortly after the ceremony finishes), or download the event.