Each year, Clarke hosts an opening Convocation – an all-campus ceremony that serves as the official beginning of the school year.

Steeped in tradition, faculty members and students participate in a formal academic procession with the faculty wearing academic regalia. There is traditionally a keynote speaker from the campus community and responses to the keynote by class officers.

Convocation also includes a recent tradition called the Tassel Ceremony. In the Tassel Ceremony, new Clarke students receive a tassel that represents the one they will receive upon graduating from Clarke. It is a symbol of achievement for students to look to as they strive to reach their college goals.

This year's Convocation Ceremony was held Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Kehl Center with a tree planting and university-wide luncheon that followed. 

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