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Clarke University Commencement


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. Included are important dates of events. Please notice the deadlines provided.

Commencement 2016

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November Recognition Social 5:30-6:30 p.m.
This event is held, in Jansen Music Hall, for students completing degrees in the fall semester.  Sr. Joanne Burrows, SC, President will extend a welcome followed by acknowledgement of each candidate by department chairs and faculty representatives. Please invite your families! A dessert reception will be provided following the recognition. Reservations are required; please respond to Carrie Kirk (with number attending) at 563-588-6406 or carrie.kirk@clarke.edu by November 9, 2018.


January 2019

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.  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 17, 2019

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 2019. 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 17 and should be worn on Saturday, May 18.  If you are a Clarke 2019 graduate (December 2018, May or August 2019) 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 17.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies
Clarke University has one official commencement ceremony for all students (undergraduate and graduate) completing degrees in December 2018, spring 2019, and summer 2019.  The Baccalaureate Ceremony, which includes a hooding ceremony, will be held in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center at 10 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. Again, 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.


Save the Date

May 18, 2019

Information to follow in January