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Clarke University 2023 Commencement

Saturday, May 13, 2023

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 2023 – Commencement information/gown ordering
Information regarding the day of Commencement will be sent to both your mailing address on file and Clarke email in January. The email will provide information for your RSVP and gown ordering. Day of event information will be coming soon.

December graduates, keep your current Clarke University username and password available and check your Clarke email periodically until commencement day. Your Clarke email will stay active until after graduation. All information regarding Commencement will go to your Clarke email.


Friday, April 14, 2023 – 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 2023. 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 12 and should be worn on Saturday, May 13.   If you are a Clarke 2023 graduate (December 2022, May or August 2023) and have a parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse who has graduated from Clarke, please fill out a Legacy Profile Form online. Please complete the legacy application form online by Friday, April 14.

Saturday, May 13, 2023 – Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies – Clarke University has one official commencement ceremony for all students (undergraduate and graduate) completing degrees in December 2022, spring 2023, and summer 2023.  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.  Again, your Clarke email will stay active until after Commencement.  We 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.

Diploma Information

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates who have completed degree requirements and have financial clearance*. The diploma will be mailed to the diploma address submitted with the graduation application.

In addition to a diploma, an official transcript is included. Graduates may request additional transcripts for $10 each using the online ordering process. Your unofficial transcript is available as a PDF in your CU hub account on the Academics menu.

Diplomas are mailed 4-6 weeks after degrees have been conferred.

Please contact with questions.

*Account balance must be paid in full.