Commencement and Graduation Ceremonies

2021 Commencement Ceremony -

Please continue to check this webpage for updates on the 2021 Commencement ceremony details.  


Graduates! Did you know applying for graduation and participating in commencement are two separate processes?

Graduation  - Successful completion of your diploma, certificate or degree requirements.  Receiving your diploma (diplomas are mailed regardless if you participate in the Commencement ceremony).

Commencement  - Commencement is the event in which you are recognized for your achievement.  This is a celebratory occasion and not required.  While we encourage participation it is not required and you will still receive your diploma via mail if you choose not to participate.  If you do wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony it is required to sign-up to participate. 


Below are the steps to apply for your degree and receive your diploma: 

 1.) Apply to graduate by April 16 (if you wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony).  

 Apply for graduation online at MyClark@Clark under the Academic Progress Tile on the Student Homepage:

(For step-by-step instructions, visit the following link and scroll down to Apply for Graduation:

 If you are having difficulties with the online graduation application process, please apply for Graduation by submitting your graduation application form to, make sure to submit this form by April 16, if you wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony  

Dates of note based on term of completion: 

 2.) Settle all financial obligations.

 3.) Degrees are posted to your Clark transcript at the end of term completed and your requirements are fulfilled.

4.) Whether you participate in the Commencement ceremony or not your diploma will be mailed 8 weeks after the term in which you complete your program (ex: if you complete in Spring your diploma will arrive in the mail mid-August).

To Participate in the Commencement ceremony:

1.) Submit a Cap and Gown order form by April 16 (Even if you already have a cap and gown please submit a form to confirm your participation so your name will be announced at the ceremony and your name will be listed in the program).

2.) Go to Clark College Bookstore website to pay for your cap and gown, $24 plus tax.  Please include name of graduating student and CTCLink ID# in the order "comments".  Honors regalia will be based on GPA  at the end of Winter term and will be supplied in your cap and gown packet if you are eligible for honors, for more information see the link for Honors Regalia.  

2017 Student Commencement