For Visitors and Families

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Clark University’s 114th Commencement will be held Sunday, May 20, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green. The Commencement processional will begin at noon followed by a University-wide ceremony on the campus green. 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 20). 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.

Indoor seating for guests of undergraduates is available in Daniels Theater/Atwood Hall. Both the University-wide ceremony and the Undergraduate Commencement will be broadcast in Atwood Hall.

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

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 $12.50 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 $13.50 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

  • 9:30 – 11 a.m., Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center

GSOM will host a continental breakfast for graduates and their families the morning of Clark’s Commencement. Check back for sign-up information.

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: 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.

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.

Google Map Directions to Clark


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


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.