Highlights from the Ceremony
Please enjoy the following videos in order of the Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 24.
We invite you to enjoy images capturing the spirit of the Clark University community and the beauty of our campus, with musical accompaniment by Joel Helander ’15, composer and pianist.
As is the tradition at Clark University, bagpipers play tunes at the beginning of Commencement, signaling that graduates are ready to gather for the ceremony.
Ross Gillman ’81, chair of the Clark University Board of Trustees, welcomes the graduates to Commencement 2020. “You are leaving Clark with the curiosity, friendships, compassion, and other qualities that are both necessary and essential to ‘challenge convention and change our world.’ ”
In his final Commencement before his retirement, President David Angel speaks to the Class of 2020. “We dedicate this ceremony to you, our graduating students, with joy in our hearts, a sense of awe for all you have accomplished during your time at Clark, and a passionate belief in the lives of purpose, curiosity, love and continued growth that lie ahead for each and every one of you.”
Recognition of Graduates
Professor Gino DiIorio, chair of the faculty, speaks to graduates. “It is not in your DNA to be passive or indifferent about anything. Clark is a place where students give a damn about the world, and they give a damn about each other.”
In their gift to the Class of 2020, Miles W. and Aurianna Tuttle sing “A Million Dreams” from the film “The Greatest Showman.” Miles is an incoming MPA student at Clark; his sister, Aurianna, is the star of “A Night with Janis Joplin” on BroadwayHD.
Presentation of Undergraduate Degree Recipients
Betsy Huang, associate provost and dean of the college, presents the undergraduate Class of 2020. “We know that a future written by Clarkies is bound to be filled with love and care for our fellow humans, respect and curiosity for the natural world we live in, and justice for the most vulnerable. Because artful decency is the Clark way.”
Presenting the Undergraduate Address, Maha Akbar ’20 recounts the “very big leap of faith” it took to leave home and attend Clark University. The Class of 2020, she says, has the resilience to overcome this era’s uncertainty. “I have seen Clarkies come together and do some of the most exemplary and amazing things.”
Presentation of Graduate Degree Recipients
Yuko Aoyama, associate provost and dean of research and graduate studies, presents the graduate student Class of 2020. “Put to action what you learned at Clark, above all, to serve as a valued collaborator.”
Graduate Student Address
Simran Achpal, MSC ’20, talks about her Clark experience and how, in these uncertain times, we all might remember to cherish moments of happiness. “We were meant to seize every fleeting moment that unfolds before us.”
The Clark Keys, the University’s student-run, mixed-voices a cappella group, presents the Hundred Waters’ song, “Show Me Love.”
Presentation of Candidates and Conferring of Degrees
President David Angel presents the candidates for graduation and officially confers their degrees.
Scroll of Graduates
We now present the 2020 graduates of Clark University, with musical accompaniment by Joel Helander ’15.
Celebration of the Class of 2020
To close the Commencement ceremony, Clark University faculty and staff offer special messages of congratulations to the Class of 2020.
Congratulations, ROTC Class of 2020!
President David Angel congratulates Clark University’s graduating seniors in ROTC. During the Joint Service Commissioning Ceremony at WPI, they were inducted into the U.S. military as officers.
Watch the full ceremony recorded from live stream