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For Visitors and Families

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Clark University’s 115th Commencement will be held Sunday, May 19, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green. The Commencement processional will begin at noon followed by a University-wide ceremony on the campus green.

Please note that movement will be restricted during the procession.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. graduate students and their guests with wristbands will recess to Kneller Athletic Center for a graduate school ceremony while the undergraduate exercises will continue on the green. Guests of graduate students without wristbands will recess to Johnson Auditorium in the Sackler Science Center to watch the graduate school ceremony via live feed. Commencement is expected to end at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Live Webcast

Watch a live webcast of Commencement (link available on May 19). Clark will use to broadcast Commencement. To make sure the webcast will work for you in advance, try watching any other event on the site.

You will also be able to watch Commencement on-demand, available shortly after the ceremony finishes, or download the video.

Guest seating is on the campus green. Please note, strollers can’t be taken into the seating areas or left in the aisles. Strollers may be checked in at the Information Station near the main gate of campus.

We respectfully ask that you do not bring pets to commencement; pets are not allowed in any seating areas or in University buildings. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

For guests of graduating seniors, please remember the 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 the ceremony on the Green. Please note, however, that the class of 2019 is a big class so please be mindful of the number of guests you bring to campus. Once available seats are filled on the campus green it will be standing room only. Some indoor seating is available.

Indoor seating for guests of undergraduates is available in the Academic Commons. Both the University-wide ceremony and the Undergraduate Commencement will be broadcast in the Academic Commons, first floor, Goddard Library.

The Kneller Athletic Center will open to guests of graduate students who have wristbands shortly after the noontime procession to the campus green has ended. Guest seating in the Kneller for the graduate student portion of Commencement is only available to those who have wristbands.

Additional/overflow seating for guests of graduate students is available in Johnson Auditorium in the Sackler Sciences Center. Both the University-wide ceremony and the Graduate Commencement will be broadcast in Johnson Auditorium also.

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.

Consideration for Guests with Mobility Issues:

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

If you plan to drop off guests with mobility issues before you park, we suggest dropping off on Woodland Street next to Atwood Hall (#3 on the commencement campus map).

Commencement Breakfast/Brunch for Graduates and Their Families

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

Commencement Day Brunch

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 $12.75 per adult, $10.75 for senior citizens (65+), $7.25 for graduating students, $6.25 for children 6-12 years-old; children under 5-years-old eat free. Walk-ins are welcome for $13.75 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.


Graduate School of Management (GSOM) Continental Breakfast

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.

Other Refreshment Options on Commencement Day

Concession Tent: Outside the University Center

  • 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Coffee, Danish and fruit cups available for purchase.

  • 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Assorted drinks, snacks and lunch items available for purchase.

Jazzman’s Café: Academic Commons in Goddard Library

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Espresso and coffee bar with assorted pastries available for purchase.

The Den: Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center (across the street from the main campus)

  • 9 a.m. – noon

Coffee bar with assorted pastries available for purchase.


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.

Family and friends may take their own photographs along the processional route from the Kneller Athletic Center. Please note that movement will be restricted during the procession. 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.

Live streaming 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.

Directions, Map, and Parking

Google Map Directions to Clark


Guests may park in all permit lots, and on the streets surrounding campus. If you plan to drop off guests with mobility issues before you park, we suggest dropping off on Woodland Street next to Atwood Hall (#3 on the commencement campus map).


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