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 16, 2021 in order to participate in the ceremony, even if you already have a cap and gown.  You must also have submitted a graduation application. 

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 17, 2021, 6:30pm (graduates should arrive between 5pm-6pm).

Is there a rehearsal?  Is the rehearsal Mandatory?

Rehearsal will be held Wednesday, June 16 at 6pm, please arrive on time as we will begin promptly.  Plan for the rehearsal to end at approximately 7:30pm.

If I want to participate but didn't turn in my application and order my cap and gown by April 16 can I still participate?

Yes, you must complete your graduation application, order your cap and gown and submit payment by June 4.  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. 

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 May 1, 2020.  

Bachelor of Applied Science

Applied Management - Honors status is determined by Program/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 go to the Phi Theta Kappa website to order, for questions 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?

Due to COVID guidelines the ceremony will be for graduates only, no guests.  The College will live stream or record the ceremony for guests to view.  Please check back for viewing options.

How long does Commencement last?

The ceremony will last about 1.5 hours, it should end at approximately 8pm

I have an accessibilty question.

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