Schedule at a Glance

5:15 p.m. Doors open to Proctors Theatre for all guests
5:30 p.m. Graduates line up by school Backstage at the Theatre
5:45 p.m. All guests with seating tickets should be seated
5:50 p.m. Student Procession begins moving
5:55 p.m. Faculty and Stage Party Procession begins moving
6 p.m. Commencement Ceremony begins 
Directly Following Graduates' Reception Proctors Theatre in the Backstage area

A student receiving her degree from President Tony Collins

Information for Students Participating in Commencement

Student Participation in Commencement

Students eligible for graduation in May 2018 will receive notice from Student Administrative Services and will be required to fill out a form on PeopleSoft to indicate that they plan to graduate in the June 2018 ceremony. If at any time you change your mind regarding participation in the Commencement program for June 2018, you must inform Student Administrative Services at (315)268-6451 or through e-mail at commencement@clarkson.edu promptly. Detailed seating of the graduates is an important factor in Commencement.

There is no rehearsal for this event.

Diplomas, Seating Order & Name Pronunciation

You will not receive your actual diploma during Commencement. Your diploma will be mailed to you after Commencement. You will sit in order by program and have an assigned seat that you will find prior to the ceremony. Please make sure to give the phonetic spelling of your name on PeopleSoft so that the reader can properly pronounce your name.

Attire/Regalia

The basic attire for all graduating students is black academic regalia ("cap and gown") with a black tassel. In keeping with the formality of Commencement, additional adornments are limited. Doctoral degree candidates will have on an antique gold tassel.

  • Please be sure to indicate that you are receiving either a master's or doctoral degree gown when you order your regalia. Although the gowns for each type of degree are black, there are slight differences in cut and doctoral gowns also have black velvet bands. Doctoral candidates will also receive a tam instead of a cap.
  • You must also order the appropriate colored hood for the degree received. Master's degree candidates process into the arena wearing their hoods. Doctoral degree candidates will drape their hood over their left arm as they will have their hood placed on them on stage by their advisor.

Information for Guests Attending Commencement

Directions to Proctors Theatre 432 State St. Schenectady, NY 12305

Municipal parking garage on Broadway and is free after 5 p.m.