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.