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Graduate Commencement

Information for Degree Candidates

Lewis & Clark Graduate School Commencement: Sunday, June 2, 2019


REQUIRED: You must apply for degree candidacy to be awarded your degree and to participate int he commencement ceremony.


Lewis & Clark is a tobacco-free, smoke-free, vape-free campus.

Commencement Day Schedule for Graduates - Sunday, June 2, 2019

Arrival - by 9:00 a.m.

Park in the Graduate Campus or residence hall parking lots.Report to the staging area with your regalia. Leave purses, bags, et cetera, with your guests as secure storage will NOT be available during the commencement ceremony.

Report to STAMM Dining Hall (Templeton Campus Center), with regalia, by 9:00 a.m. for commencement check-in and line-up. (Ponchos will be provided in case of rain.)

Graduate Check-in and Line-up - 9:00 a.m.

Stamm Dining Hall 

Regalia:  Wear your cap (tassel to the left) and gown and carry your doctoral, specialist, or master’s hood on your left arm, velvet back, point in, when preparing for the commencement procession. There will be a hooding ceremony on stage during the commencement ceremony.

Name Card:  When you check in, you will receive a GradImages card with your name. Hold onto the card throughout the processional and ceremony. During the hooding and awarding of degrees, as you advance up the ramp to the stage in Pamplin, you will hand the card to Courtney Whetstine, Graduate Registrar, so that she can formally announce you as a candidate for graduation.

Line-Up: Student marshals (faculty) will assist graduates in lining up by degree (master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral). Once graduates are in line by degree, Liza Finkel, student marshal (faculty), will provide additional instructions. Courtney Whetstine will be available to check the pronunciation of names.

The Processional - 9:50 a.m.

At the direction of the student marshals, graduates will march from STAMM Dining Hall to Pamplin Sports Complex, led by our guest bagpiper. Graduate faculty members and the platform party’s distinguished guests will also march in the processional.

*Conferring of Degrees and the Hooding Ceremony - Mid-ceremony

Following remarks and speeches by distinguished platform party members, including the student speaker, Graduate School Dean Scott Fletcher will present the class. He will ask all the graduates to stand, and then the graduates will be asked to come forward at the direction of the marshals to receive their degrees. (Master’s degree candidates will be presented first, then specialist, and, finally, doctoral degree candidates.)

At the direction of the student marshals, graduates will move up the ramp and to the stage by degrees and rows. The student marshals will instruct each row when it is time to proceed toward the stage. After you proceed up the ramp, when you are the next graduate in line, stop at the podium of Courtney Whetstine, Graduate Registrar, and give her your name card.

As soon as your name is read, proceed across the stage to the Dean or faculty member who is hooding the graduates. Turn to face the audience and the Dean or faculty member will hood you.

Next, the dean will shake your hand. Then a photographer will take your picture as President Wim Wiewel hands you your diploma. Proceed across the stage to receive the congratulations of the commencement speaker and members 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, you may be seated.

Special Note Regarding Handshakes and Hooding

For graduates unable to shake hands and/or to be hooded by Dean Scott Fletcher:

  • When your name is called by Courtney Whetstine, move forward handing your hood to Associate Dean Janet Bixby and ask her to perform the hooding.
  • Once hooded, move forward to President Wiewel.
  • Accept and hold your diploma and hold it with both hands or with right hand over your heart.
  • Greet the commencement speaker holding your diploma with both hands or with right hand over your heart; optionally, shake hands with members of the board of trustees.
  • Exit the stage for photos.
  • Greet program faculty holding your diploma with both hands (or with right hand over your heart).

*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. We hope that your family and friends will join you there. (If a “rain call” is made, the reception will be held in Stamm Dining Hall.)  


The Lewis & Clark Bookstore will be open on Commencement Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.—in Pamplin Sports Center prior to and during the ceremony and in Templeton Campus Center following the ceremony.


You will receive your diploma cover containing a congratulatory message during the commencement ceremony (diploma pick-up typically occurs after the commencement ceremony).

Diplomas may be picked up by candidates who have no academic or financial holds on the following dates (photo identification required):

Degree Date

Available for Pick-up Starting


December 19, 2018

January 11, 2019

Graduate Registrar’s office, Rogers Hall, Room 301

May 17, 2019

May 29, 2019


Commencement Day, Sunday, June 2, 2019, after the ceremony

Graduate Registrar’s office, Rogers Hall, Room 301


Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center

July 19, 2019

August 2, 2019

Graduate Registrar’s office, Rogers Hall, Room 301

August 23, 2019

September 4, 2019

Graduate Registrar’s office, Rogers Hall, Room 301

*Diplomas not picked up by mid-month will be mailed to the candidate’s permanent address.

 If you want a friend or family member to pick up your diploma, please provide that individual with a signed note of permission. Please notify the Graduate Registrar’s office with any change of address .

DIPLOMA COVER NOTE:  Diploma covers are presented at the commencement ceremony.  If you do not attend the ceremony and you wish to receive a diploma cover, you will need to make arrangements to pick up a diploma cover at the Graduate Registrar’s office.