December Recognition Ceremony, December 16, 11 a.m., Potsdam Campus

You come to Clarkson with a




Clarkson Ignite.

People with purpose make things happen.


Clarkson is more welcoming than any other college I considered. To be on a university campus as a senior in high school and have professors willing — in fact, wanting — to talk to you? That’s rare."

- Rachel Yerden '19


"…Search out the real needs of the American people…"

-1896 - Founding Address

Intersect science, technology, engineering, arts and business to pursue interdisciplinary research, learning and thought leadership focused on rapidly solving real world problems for a better future.

Ken Wallace Zebra Fish Research A Model Organism

A Bond from Beneath the Sea

Various electronics in a dumpster Turning Trash into Treasure

Two sophomores dived head first into their entrepreneurship class.


ig·nite /iɡˈknight/ verb

• catch fire or cause to catch fire

• to pursue innovation intensely with powerful purpose

• how Golden Knights defy convention to innovate with impact


Roll-Up Your Sleeves and Do It.

Design your academic, research & social life to collide with your personal passions and goals. Sketch it. Code it. Prototype it. Fail at it. Reiterate it. Test it. Finance it. Build it. Do it. Ignite you.

Mallory Fisher with Professor Mark Compeau The Path to Success

All signs point to a job

Rachel Yerden Rachel Yerden '19

When Your Professor Is Your Lab Partner

Someone down hill skiing Fresh Tracks

Grad designs skis that mimic car suspension


Character. Confidence. A drive to succeed. The Clarkson alums — we’re the ones ready to make the world a better place."

- Josh Fogarty '12, '15
IT Business Analyst Manager
Global Education at Johnson & Johnson

42,000 Strong

Clarkson ignites the network of graduates with the entrepreneurial competence to make sense of complex systems, forge connections across fields and lead with purpose to find creative solutions.

  • One in five alumni already leads as CEO, senior executive or owner of a company.
  • Brookings Institution, a world renowned research and think tank, names Clarkson among the top 10 universities nationwide for maximizing career earnings potential.
  • National Model for Entrepreneurship Education – US Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Top 21 Institutions – Forbes Magazine

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