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Clarion University
Winter 2021 Commencement

Saturday, December 11, 2021 •  10 a.m. 
Marwick Boyd Auditorium 


In-person ceremony details

Photos and Livestream

The ceremony will be livestreamed and available following commencement. The link can be found on our commencement webpage.

Clarion University contracts with GradImages Photography, which will contact graduates via Eagle email after the ceremony with proofs for review and purchase information.


Those not requiring special accommodation are asked to park in one of the following lots:

  • Lot 11 (across from Greenville Ave from Tippin Gymnasium)
  • Lot 12 (behind Marwick Boyd Fine Arts Center)
  • Lot 14 & 16 (next to the Rec Center)

For a map detailing the location of the lots listed above, please see a Campus Map.

There will be a designated handicap seating section in Lot 12 near Marwick Boyd.

Public Safety officers will be on hand that day to direct you.

Ceremony Details

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours and includes a welcome address, conferral of degrees by the college deans, student speaker, recognition of individual graduates by name and presentation of diploma covers and a graduate photo by GradImages Photography.

NOTE: The actual diplomas will be mailed to all graduates approximately four weeks after their graduation date.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our students, guests and campus community remain of paramount importance.  The ceremony will follow the health and safety protocol in accordance with the commonwealth and federal guidelines for gatherings, which include mandatory masks.  The decision to have in-person ceremonies is contingent on the state of the virus. These plans are subject to change; students and families are encouraged to remain highly flexible in their planning. Please consider the possibility of cancellations or changes when planning travel.

Graduate Arrival

Graduates should arrive at the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room between 9 - 9:15 a.m. to pick up their name card and robe.  Candidates will assemble with the appropriate college and will process over as a group to Marwick Boyd Auditorium.  Name Cards must be picked up no later than 9:45 a.m. 

guest arrival

Doors to the Marwick Boyd Auditorium will be open at 9 a.m., an hour before the start of the ceremony.  Admission into the ceremony will be by ticket only.  Each graduate participating in the ceremony will be allotted five (5) tickets for their guests.

Marwick Boyd has auditorium-style seating. There are a limited number of seats for family members who have wheelchairs, and seating may not be available near other family members. Space for wheelchairs is located at the back of the auditorium behind regular seating.

Faculty speakers

There will be no faculty speakers for the Winter 2021 Commencement ceremony.

Academic REgalia

Announcement Cards

Custom graduation announcements to send to family and friends can be ordered through Jostens.

Cap and Gown

Each participant must be attired in an academic robe and matching cap. Academic attire is purchased online through Jostens.   Full attire and separate items can be purchased through the website.

Cap and gown shipping follows a leave time of at least 21 days.  Please be sure to order your attire, by the below, Jostens' approved, deadline.

Doctoral & Master Ordering Deadline: November 4, 2021

Associate & Bachelor Ordering Deadline: November 16, 2021

**PLEASE NOTE: We kindly ask that personal modifications to the mortarboards (caps) be limited to those expressing well-wishing and gratitude or affiliation with sanctioned organizations. Students are not permitted to have unacceptable decorations, offensive language or inappropriate images on the mortarboards. Students not following these guidelines may be pulled from the graduation line up.

Honors/Honor Cords

(Undergraduate students only)

Honor graduates are identified at commencement by an honor cord, which is worn with the traditional academic attire. Latin honors designations will be not be permanently placed on a student's transcript until after his/her final semester grades are received and a new, final cumulative grade point average (GPA) is computed. To receive Latin honors, a minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Clarion University (excluding credit by exam).

Because grades from a student's final term of enrollment are not officially posted and recomputed until after graduation, GPA's used for determining honors cords at the commencement ceremony will be made at the end of the semester preceding the student's last semester of enrollment.

Undergraduate students who have achieved the following cumulative averages as of the last graded term of their enrollment should pick up an honor cord at the Clarion University Store (Room 121 Gemmell Student Complex - formerly know as Racquetball Court #1) or contact the store to have the cord shipped to them (814/393-2696). There is no charge for honor cords.

  • 3.40 - 3.59 Cum Laude - White
  • 3.60 - 3.79 Magna Cum Laude - Blue
  • 3.80 - 4.00 Summa Cum Laude - Gold

Honors for the final transcript are based on cumulative grade point average including grades for the final semester.

Last Updated 10/19/21