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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Convocation and Tree Planting

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.

View the 2020 Virtual Convocation