Venango Campus Commencement

Venango Campus Commencement

Friday, May 11, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Robert W. Rhoades Gymnasium

As you plan for Commencement, there are several things that you will need to know and several important dates for you to remember.  We know that Commencement is an important milestone in your life, and you will want to share it with your friends and family. 

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. David B. Lott, Professor, Biology
College of Arts, Education & Sciences

Dave Lott

Dr. Lott has been an esteemed member of the biology faculty at Clarion University since 1998. He received his B.S. in Zoology from Iowa State University, and his Ph.D. in Zoology: Physiology from Iowa State University as well. His excellence in teaching is longstanding, as evidenced by his selection for the Graduate Teaching Excellence Award during his time at Iowa State.

The rigor of Dr. Lott's instruction in anatomy and physiology is a pillar of the health sciences programs at Clarion University-Venango. University colleagues and clinical program partners alike recognize the immense value his instruction brings to his students' career success.  Whether delivering an animated auditorium lecture or spending time with a student one-on-one to review difficult concepts, his passion for teaching and genuine desire to advance his students' learning is ever-present.

Dr. Lott has served the campus and the university in many capacities including Honors Program coordinator and department chair.  He and his wife, Dr. Beth Crawford, and their son, Jacob, reside in the Clarion area, where they actively participate in many university and community organizations.

Each graduate will receive up to six (6) guest tickets. Tickets will not be issued to graduates who are not participating in the ceremony. Tickets may be picked up in the Frame Hall Admissions Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning April 30th. A photo ID is required to receive tickets.

*If you cannot pick up your tickets in person or if you previously indicated you were attending on your graduation application and your plans have changed please complete this form.                       

Watch your student email for notification of the availability of additional tickets, if any, after May 7th.

Degree candidates who are unable to obtain their tickets in advance should contact the Admissions Office at 814-676-6591, ext. 1211 no later than April 30th. Your tickets will be held for you to pick up at Commencement rehearsal on Thursday, May 10th.

If you and/or your guests require disability accommodations, please let us know so that we can make seating and/or parking arrangements. 

Cap and Gown

 If you have not yet ordered your cap and gown, you should do so in the Clarion University - Venango Bookstore no later than April 20th.  The cost is approximately $35.00 plus tax for cap, gown, and tassel.  Caps and gowns must picked be up at the Bookstore by Thursday, May 11.  Please remember that the only adornments permitted are honor cords, Honors Program cords, and Phi Theta Kappa sashes.


Rehearsal for Commencement will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 in the Rhoades Center gymnasium.  All graduates who are participating in the ceremony are required to attend.


Shuttle service from the First Energy parking lot across West First Street will be available beginning at 5:15 p.m. for your convenience.  Please don't arrive prior to 5:15 p.m., as the gymnasium will be locked until that time.

Student robing for the ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 11.  The ceremony will last approximately one hour. After the ceremony, there will be refreshments for you and your guests to enjoy and celebrate, compliments of the Venango Campus Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Limited space is available in the auditorium for overflow seating and for those who must bring young children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Last Updated 4/27/18