Graduate School Commencement
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Processional, 9:50 a.m.
Ceremony, 10 a.m.
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Logistics for Friends and Family
Commencement will be held at the Pamplin Sports Center on the Lewis & Clark campus at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2013. A reception for graduates and guests will be held on the Manor House Circle (or in Fields Dining Hall, in the case of inclement weather). The ceremony, itself, will last approximately two-hours. (Please note that degree candidates should report to Fields Dining Hall,Templeton Campus Center, no later than 9 a.m. on Sunday.)
Questions regarding the Commencement ceremony should be directed to Sharon Chinn, Graduate Commencement Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Directions to Campus and Parking
Once you arrive to campus, parking is available in several on-campus lots but prohibited in the local neighborhood. Campus safety officers will direct you to the designated parking areas. Allow extra time for traffic, walking to Pamplin Sports Center, and to find seating. It is recommended that family and friends plan to arrive at 9:00 a.m. (Campus Maps)
On the day of Commencement:
- Parking is available in several on-campus lots but prohibited in the local neighborhood. Campus safety officers and ushers will help direct you to open parking areas. (Please note that the Upper Griswold lot will be reserved for special needs parking; the Akin lot will be reserved for special guests and vendors.)
- Red Balloons = Shuttle Stops
- Orange & White Balloons = Walking routes to Pamplin
- Blue Balloons = Drop-off and parking for guests with special needs
- Limited shuttle service will be available from the on-campus parking lots to Pamplin from 9:00 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.
Special Needs Requests (deadline: Friday, May 24)
Candidates for degrees may request special needs accommodations for themselves or their guests by Friday, May 24. Prior to the day of the ceremony, guests who have requested accommodations will have received day-of instructions from Hanna Neuschwander, Special Needs coordinator. (Please note that service animals are welcome at the ceremony and reception.)
Children at the Ceremony
Children are welcome to attend the commencement ceremony. Because sitting still-and-quiet for two-plus hours can be a challenge for the best of us, please note that the ceremony will be televised live in the foyer. There is also plenty of room just outside the Pamplin Sports Center doors for supervised children to explore.
During the ceremony, itself, we welcome friends and family of our graduates, of all ages, to watch and celebrate with joy the hooding ceremony of their graduate from the audience. Following the ceremony, the reception provides a wonderful opportunity for guests to then join with their graduates in person to truly celebrate the momentous occasion.
Lodging and Transportation
Lewis & Clark has special arrangements with hotels within a 15-minute drive of the College to offer a special rate to Lewis & Clark visitors. View the lodging list.
Visit the Maps section of the website for driving directions to campus, airport transportation information, and campus maps.
Live Stream of Ceremony
To view the live webcast of the commencement ceremony, please go to client.stretchinternet.com/client/lclarkadmin.portal#. The live webcast will begin 15 minutes before the ceremony start time and conclude with the recessional. (Alternate webcast)
2012 Ceremony Video
You can view the 2012 Commencement Ceremony at the following web address:
Commencement Speaker June 2013: To Be Announced
Student Speaker June 2013: To Be Announced
For Degree Candidates
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Graduation Application Filing Timeline
Students must file a graduation application stating their intended degree completion date. This allows the Registrar sufficient time to review the application and to inform the student of any inconsistencies or remaining requirements.
In order to participate in the June 2, 2013, commencement ceremony, the deadlines for filing degree applications are:
• September 20 for December 2012 completion
• November 20 for May 2013 completion
• February 20 for July/August 2013 completion
About the Commencement Ceremony
The Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis & Clark College, holds one commencement ceremony annually on the first Sunday in June. Students eligible to participate include degree candidates from the previous December, May degree candidates, July and August degree candidates who have filed a degree application by the February 20th deadline date.
Cap and Gown Pickup
Regalia pick-up will be Wednesday, May 30, 2012, from 2-6pm in the York Graduate Center, Room 114. Regalia can also be picked up on the day of Commencement on (Sunday, June 3, 2012) starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Templeton Campus Center.
Commencement Day Schedule
Degree candidates need to arrive at Fields Dining Hall (Templeton Campus Center) by 9:00 a.m. for commencement check-in and line-up.
Formation for Processional - 9:00 a.m.
Formation occurs inside Fields Dining Hall. Graduates will be assembled in lines for the processional by faculty members who serve as marshals. The marshals will check the list and cross off names of anyone not present so that no one’s name is called if they are not in attendance. Curt Luttrell, Graduate Registrar, will be available to check the pronunciation of names. This takes one solid hour. Students who are not in line for the formation will not be on the list to be called at the ceremony.
The Processional - 9:50 a.m.
Follow the instructions of the student marshals. A bagpiper leads the students, who are followed by the faculty and the platform party.
*Conferring of Degrees and the Hooding Ceremony
Following the commencement address, Graduate School Dean Scott Flectcher will “present” the class. He will ask all the graduates to stand, and then the graduates will be asked to come forward to receive their degrees.
Graduates will come forward by programs in rows. The student marshals will instruct each row when it is time to proceed towards the stage. When you are next to be called, stop at the Podium of the Name Caller until your name is called.
As soon as your name is read, proceed across the stage to the faculty member who is hooding the graduates. Turn to face the audience and the faculty member will hood you.
Next, the dean will shake your hand. Then a photographer will take your picture as President Barry Glassner hands you your diploma. Proceed across the stage to receive the congratulations of the commencement speaker and a member of the board of trustees.
Finally, proceed down the steps where another photo will be taken and you will be directed to your seat by a student marshal.
When you return to your seat after receiving your degree, remain standing until all graduates have received degrees. At that time, all the graduates will be seated.
*Please note that, in keeping with the solemnity and academic tradition of the occasion, family and friends, of all ages, are encouraged to watch and celebrate joyfully from their seats in the audience (or viewing the live-stream from the foyer); only the candidates for degrees, themselves, participate in the conferral of degrees and the hooding ceremony. Following the ceremony, the reception provides a wonderful opportunity for your guests to then join you in truly celebrating the momentous occasion.
A reception will be held immediately after graduation on the Manor House Circle (or in Fields Dining Hall, in case of inclement weather). We hope that your family and friends will join you there.
You will receive your diploma cover containing a congratulatory message during the Commencement ceremony (diploma pick-up typically occurs after the commencement ceremony).
Candidates will be photographed as they are hooded, as they receive their diploma, and once they have left the stage.
Prior to the ceremony, degree candidates and their families and friends may preregister to assist in ordering photos from the commencement ceremony. We have a system which allows the candidates and their family members to preregistrer email and mailing address information directly with GradImages, our commencement photographer, prior to the ceremony. Candidates can add up to 6 family members or friends to the contact information as well to help share the good news and your photos!
Email is the fastest and easiest way for you and those you designate to receive your proofs. Our photographers will email you, your family, and friends just as soon as the photos are available for online viewing and ordering.
Preregister your information with GradImages at: http://www.gradimages.com/Register.cfm.
Hometown News Service
Our College Public Affairs and Communications Office offers a service for graduates and their families who want to share their news with their hometown newspapers.
We’ve developed a simple template for students (or their parents) to create individualized announcements about their graduation, field of study, extracurricular/volunteer experiences, and plans for the future, as well as some basic instructions about how to contact news media with their announcements.
Job Search Strategies
Visit the Career and Licensing Services web site for instructions on a wide variety of services to students and alumni of the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. These websites also offer career advising, as well as assistance with licensing.