Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up to participate in the Commencement ceremony?

You must complete a cap and gown order form by April 15, 2022 in order to participate in the ceremony, even if you already have a cap and gown.  You must also have submitted a graduation application.   However, late orders are accpeted, please see the commencement homepage to order your cap and gown as a "late order".

Do I have to participate in the ceremony in order to receive my diploma?

No, while we encourage graduates to participate in the Ceremony, it is not required.  Whether you participate or not you will receive your diploma via mail 8 weeks after grades have been posted for the quarter in which you completed.  

When will the Commencement Ceremony take place?

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 6:30pm (graduates should arrive between 5-5:30 p.m.).

Is there a rehearsal?  Is the rehearsal Mandatory?

There will be a rehearsal held at Clark College in Gaiser Student Center, Tuesday, June 14 from 5:30-6:30pm.  If you are unable to attend.  We will also hold a session via Zoom, Wednesday, June 15 at NOON, a Zoom link will be sent the week prior to the email you used to apply for graduation.  

If I want to participate but didn't turn in my application and order my cap and gown by April 15 can I still participate?

Yes, you must complete your graduation application, order your cap and gown and submit payment by June 3.  We do order extra cap and gowns, we cannot guarantee we will be able to fullfill the size requested on late orders but we will do our best. 

I ordered a cap and gown but no longer want to participate, can I get a refund on my cap and gown?

There are no refunds for cap and gowns. 

What are the Protocols for COVID-19

Face coverings and social distancing will be encouraged, but not required.  No other requirements are currently in place to participate or attend the Commencement ceremony.  Please note, Clark College is following State requirements and recommendations from the CDC and may adjust requirements.  Please continue to check this website for updates as the event approaches. 

I didn't get Honors cords in my packet.

Honors status is degree specific and based on GPA (3.40 cumulative or College level) at the end of Winter Term.  Please contact Credential Evaluations if you have questions (credeval@clark.edu or 360.992.2805).

How is Honors status determined?

Those students participating in June ceremonies will receive recognition at the celebration based on the cumulative GPA on record at the end of winter quarter. If honor status changes once final grades are processed, adjustments will be made to the student record.

Eligibility requirements are listed below.  In order for your honors designation to be listed in the program you must apply for Commencement by April 15, 2022.  

Bachelor of Applied Science

Applied Management - Honors status is determined by Program/College GPA

Cyber Security - Honors status is determined by College GPA 

Dental Hygiene - Honors status is determined by College GPA

Human Services - Honors status is determined by College GPA 

3.40-3.89 = With Honors (Crimson tassel and cord)

3.90 or higher = With Highest Honors (Gold tassel and cord)

Associate in Arts  -  Associate in Fine Arts  -  Associate in Science Transfer  -  Direct Transfer Agreement   -  Major Ready Pathways (DTA-MRP) Degrees

Honors status is determined by: College GPA

3.40-3.89 = With Honors (Crimson tassel and cord)

3.90 or higher = With Highest Honors (Gold tassel and cord)

Associate in Applied Science  –  Associate in Applied Technology Degrees

Honors status is determined by: Cumulative GPA

3.40-3.89 = With Honors (Crimson tassel and cords)

3.90 or higher = With Highest Honors (Gold tassel and cords)

Certificates of Proficiency

Merit status is determined by: Cumulative GPA

3.40 or higher = With Merit (silver tassel and cord)

Certificates of Achievement

Are not eligible for honors designation

I am a veteran and would like specialty cords.

Please note your veterans status on your cap and gown order form, if you've already submitted your form please contact the Veterans Resource Center, veterans@clark.edu. to receive your cords. 

I am a part of Phi Theta Kappa and would like a stole.

Please contact the Phi Theta Kappa Advisor. 

I would like to request a specialty stole from the Office of Diversity and Equity.

Please note the type of stole you are requesting on your cap and gown order form.  If you have already turned in your cap and gown order form please contact the Office of Diversity and Equity (diversity@clark.edu) to inquire about the availabilty of extra stoles.

Is it required that I participate in the ceremony to recieve my diploma?

No, the ceremony is optional.  All graduates, even those that participate in the ceremony, will recieve their diploma in the mail 8 weeks after grades have posted from your final term.  If you participate in the ceremony you will receive a congratulatory scroll from the President of the College. 

Will my diploma be awarded at the ceremony?

No, diplomas will be mailed to all graduates 8 weeks after grades have been posted for the final term.

Do my family and friends need tickets to attend Commencement?

No, due to State requirements being lifted on capacity restrictions the College is not currently planning to require tickets and there is no limit on guests graduates may invite.  Please continue to check this webpage for updates as the event approaches. 

How long does Commencement last?

The ceremony will last about 2 hours, it should end at approximately 8:30 p.m.

I have an accessibilty question.

Please contact our Disability Support Services Office for any accessibility service requests, dss@clark.edu or 360.545.3864