Parents Give our Students Strength

Parents and Students at Hockey Game

The success of our students is Clarkson's priority. Our academic programs are ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report, and we are one of the smallest schools in the category only with 3,000 students. That means your student will receive more personal attention in our rigorous program.

We emphasize stretching boundaries because we want all of our students to pursue and achieve their life goals. Students can explore multiple departments fields of study or extracurricular activities. With a curiosity that crosses disciplines, our students are encouraged explore their various interests. Perhaps that's why one out of every five Clarkson graduates is a CEO, vice president, or owns a company.

Visit campus life to find out more ways your student can get involved, and also spend some time in our residence life to check out our living and dining facilities. Our Career Center is a great resource where we detail the co-op and internship opportunities, and where you can see the more than 150 companies that visit campus each year. You may also want to get involved in our parents association, which promotes active parent involvement in the University.

But the first thing we encourage you to do is come to Potsdam and take a look at the University in person. We think you will like what you see.

Commencement Ceremonies

Clarkson offers four graduation ceremonies each year for various bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate programs. We encourage you to learn more about our different ceremonies and stay up to date on information as it becomes available throughout the year by visiting the Commencement website.

Join Us for Family Weekend

2017 Family Weekend, October 20th & 21st.

*Family Weekend 2017 is still being planned, so events listed below are tentative and subject to change.* A complete and up to date schedule will be provided to you upon your arrival to Clarkson.
 

Friday, October 20th, 2017

  • 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Visits with Faculty and Staff (By appointment only. Subject to availability.)
  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Hockey Ticket Pick-up (Ticket Box Office, Cheel Campus Center) Pick up reserved hockey tickets. NOTE: If you did not purchase a ticket in advance, students and families will have to pay $13 each at the box office. Students may sit in student section for free with ID this game only.
  • 3-5 p.m. | Welcome Area (Student Center Information Desk) Pick up an event schedule, campus map & ask questions.
  • 5-11 p.m. | Club 99 Open (Next to Cheel Commons, Cheel) and Bar 9 Open (1stFloor, Student Center) Nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for sale.
  • 5-6:45 p.m. | Pre-Hockey Buffet (Barben Rooms, Cheel) Buffet with cash bar. $15.99/person. Tax and tip included.
  • 5-7 p.m. | Sixth Annual SausageFest (Student Center) A can't-miss event for students and the whole family! Featuring FREE gourmet sausages, peppers and onions, popcorn, carnival games, and activities!
  • 7 p.m. | Men’s Hockey vs. UMass-Lowell (Cheel) $13 admission, students sit in student section free with Clarkson ID this game only.

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

  • 8-9 a.m. | Clarkson School & Honors Program Continental Breakfast Reception (Adirondack Lodge)
  • 9 a.m.-noon | Welcome Area (Student Center Information Desk). Pick up an event schedule, campus map & ask questions.
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Trip with Clarkson University Outing Club (Meet in front of Cheel at 8:45, caravan departs at 9 a.m.) Weather permitting.
  • 9:15-11 a.m. | Annual Air Force/Army ROTC Soccer Game (Hantz Field)
  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Hockey Ticket Pick-up (Ticket Box Office, Cheel Campus Center) Pick up reserved hockey tickets. NOTE: If you did not purchase a ticket in advance, students and families will have to pay $13 each at the box office.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Career Center Drop-In Hours (ERC 2nd floor) Meet the Career Center staff and ask questions! Learn about various services available to your students as well as professional experience opportunities including internships and co-ops.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Dr. Jim’s Chemistry Magic Show (Science Center 360)
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | SPEED Team Demonstrations (ERC Atrium)
  • 11:30 a.m. | Family Fun: Build-A-Buddy (Student Center Multipurpose Rooms) Children can stuff their very own plush animal and decorate a t-shirt for it to wear! Free while supplies last!
  • 1:15-2 p.m. | Faculty Presentation: TBD (Snell 212) Q&A included!
  • 2-3 p.m. | Meet & Greet with Faculty & Staff (Student Center Bar 9/Java City) Meet the faculty that teach your student's classes! Chat with the staff who support your student on campus! Representatives from various departments will attend this social hour.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Studying Abroad: A Major Component of the Clarkson Experience (Snell 212) Learn how the program works and which universities we partner with to provide your students with quality study abroad experiences.
  • 3 p.m. | Women's Hockey vs. St. Lawrence (2017 NCAA Championship Banner Raising Ceremony) Cheel Arena $5 admission, free w/ Clarkson ID (one entry per CU ID).
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m. | Faculty Presentation: Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood: The Success Story of Nigerian Film (Snell 213) Dr. Claudia Hoffmann, Assistant Professor of Film, discusses the history of "Nollywood," the booming Nigerian film industry that has become the third largest in the world. Q&A included!
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m. | Student Performances (Student Center Forum) Featuring performances by Clarkson Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Dance Ensemble, Golden Knotes, and Clarkson Goldies Dance Team!
  • 5:15-5:45p.m. | Welcome from President Collins (Student Center Forum) President Collins will present current academic programs and curriculum innovations and introduce members of the Parents Committee.
  • 5-6:45 p.m. | Pre-Hockey Buffet (Barben Rooms, Cheel) Buffet with cash bar. $15.99/person. Tax and tip included.
  • 5-11 p.m. | Club 99 Open (Next to Cheel Commons, Cheel) and Bar 9 Open (1st Floor, Student Center) Nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for sale.
  • 6–6:45 p.m. | Pep Rally (Student Center Forum) Get pumped up with the Clarkson Community for the Men’s Hockey game! The Pep Band will perform as well as Clarkson student groups—come see who wins the prized Tommy Award for the best skit!
  • 7:30 p.m. | Men’s Hockey vs. Providence (Cheel) $13 admission, standing room $10 per person.
  • 9:30 p.m. | Stand Up Comedy Performance: TBD (Student Center Forum) Sponsored by CUB.

Lodging

If you are planning on attending this year’s family weekend and need lodging, we encourage you to make reservations as soon as possible. Please see this link for lodging information: www.northcountryguide.com

Join the Parents Association

The Parents Association represents all Clarkson parents, and promotes their active involvement in the University. Once enrolled parents become lifetime members of the Association. The Parents Association facilitates interaction and support between the University and parents providing insight into the life of your student.

A Parents Committee, representing parents from each class year of students, leads the Association and many parents contribute their time, expertise and support to plan association programs like Career Center, Admission Mentor and the Parents Fund. The Parents Committee encourages every parent to take an active role in the life of the University by offering creative suggestions, feedback and volunteering their support.

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