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Convocation and Tree Planting

2023 Convocation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, at 11 a.m. in the Kehl Center;

Tree Planting will follow outdoors, as weather allows.


Convocation is an assembly, which introduces the new academic year for all members of the Clarke community.  This is a formal academic event with an academic procession of administration and faculty.  New students are presented with a tassel as a symbol of their goal to earn their degrees.

Tree Planting began at Clarke in 1906 as a means of honoring the senior class.  In the past, the seniors collaborated on and presented a skit, poem, or song that conveyed how the tree, planted in their freshman year, symbolized their roots at Clarke.