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Clarke University Commencement

Class of 2020

Graduation is a momentous occasion that honors students and their achievements. It is the culmination of many years of effort and commitment from students and their families. We look forward to celebrating your hard work with you this academic year.

January 2020 – Commencement information/gown ordering – Information regarding the day of Commencement will be sent to your homes and Clarke email in January.  The email will provide information on gown ordering as well.  December graduates, keep your current Clarke University username and password available and check your Clarke email periodically until Commencement Day.  All information regarding commencement will go to your Clarke email.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – Clarke’s Commencement Legacy Program Application Due – Any student who has a parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse who is a graduate of Clarke University (undergraduate or graduate) is considered to be a legacy. Generations of families have passed on the Clarke education tradition and we want to help celebrate by providing a blue/gold cord to the Legacy Graduates of 2020. Legacy Cords will be provided to the student and a Legacy Button provided for the parent, grandparent, spouse or sibling. These items will be provided to the student at the commencement practice on Friday, May 15th and should be worn on Saturday, May 16th.   If you are a Clarke 2020 graduate (December 2019, May or August 2020) and have a parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse who has graduated from Clarke, please fill out a Legacy Profile Form online https://www.clarke.edu/intranet-current-students/commencement/. Please complete the legacy application form online by Wednesday, April 15th.

Saturday, May 16, 2020 – Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies – Clarke University has one official commencement ceremony for all students (undergraduate and graduate) completing degrees in December 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020.  The Baccalaureate Ceremony, which includes a hooding ceremony, will be held in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center at 10:00 a.m . followed by the Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m.   Students are encouraged to participate in both ceremonies. 

Information regarding the day of Commencement will be sent to your homes and Clarke email in January.  Your Clarke email will stay active until after CommencementWe will ask for your participation RSVP to both ceremonies.  Directions for how to RSVP will be provided to you via email to your Clarke email address in January.