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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Clarke University 2022 Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2022

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 2022 – 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.

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, May 13, 2022

9:00 a.m.  Baccalaureate Hooding/Commencement Practice (gather in Terence Donaghoe Hall at 8:45 a.m.)

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Schedule  

9 a.m.

Robert and Ruth Kehl Center open for Baccalaureate Hooding and Mass

9 a.m.
– 2 p.m

Whitlow Campus Store open

9:15 a.m.

Students line up in Terence Donaghoe Hall

9:40 a.m

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Student procession to Kehl Center begins
All guests should be seated by 9:40 a.m. to ensure a seat prior to the procession. Those guests arriving after 9:40 a.m. will be seated after the procession has ended.

10 a.m.

Hooding Ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass
Robert and Ruth Kehl Center

11:30 a.m.
– 1 p.m.

Brunch is available in the Student Dining Room, Mary Josita Hall.
Families are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to avoid parking and schedule difficulties.

Brunch menu will consist of seasonal fresh fruit, breakfast pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, seasoned breakfast potatoes, Clarke’s classic house salad, lemon herb grilled chicken, long grained wild rice pilaf. 

Cost is $10 per adult; $5 per child 10 and under.
Purchase brunch tickets by May 6 by choosing one of the following two options:

1. Purchase in the Whitlow Campus Store beginning March 1.
2. Online Credit Card orders at by 4:30 p.m. on May 6
    • Pick up purchased ticket order in the Library beginning Monday, May 9
    • Pick up day of event: Purchased tickets will be available as you enter the Kehl Center from 9–9:30 a.m. and outside the dining hall beginning at 11 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

Guest seating begins for Commencement Ceremony

1:15 p.m.

Students line up in Terence Donaghoe Hall

1:40 p.m.

Student procession to Kehl Center begins
All guests with wristbands should be seated by 1:40 p.m. Those with wristbands arriving after 1:40 p.m. will be seated after the procession has ended.

Those who do not have wristbands or arrive after the ceremony has begun are welcome to view the event live-stream in the Jansen Music Hall, across the street from the Kehl Center.

2 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony
Robert and Ruth Kehl Center

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 registrar@clarke.edu with questions.

*Account balance must be paid in full.