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Graduate Commencement

Information for Degree Candidates

Lewis & Clark Graduate School Commencement: Sunday, June 7, 2020 

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

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

Commencement Day Schedule for Graduates

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

Stamm Dining Hall (Templeton Campus Center)

  • Regalia: Wear your cap, tassel to the left, and gown and carry your master’s, specialist, or doctoral 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.
9:50 a.m. — The Processional
  • 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.
Mid-ceremony — *Conferring of Degrees and the Hooding Ceremony
  • The master’s degrees will be awarded first; educational specialist, second; and doctoral degrees, third. EdS and EdD candidates can remain seated while the master’s candidates are being hooded and receiving their diploma covers.
  • Following the opening comments and speeches, Dean Scott Fletcher will ask the master’s candidates to stand. President Wim Wiewel will confer their degrees, then Dean Fletcher will ask the master’s degree candidates to come forward at the direction of the student marshals (MA/MS: Art Therapy, MCFT, PMHC, and PMHC—Addictions; followed by MA: Student Affairs Administration, MAT, and MEd.) 
  • 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 lectern of Courtney Whetstine, Graduate Registrar, and give her your name card. If you have lost your name card, Frances Lessman, also on the stage, will have cards and pens so that you can fill out a new one.
  • Once your name is read, proceed across the stage to the Dean or faculty member for hooding. Turn to face the audience and the Dean or faculty member will hood you. Proceed across the stage.
  • President Wim Wiewel will next hand you your diploma cover. Proceed across the stage to receive the congratulations of the commencement speaker and member of the board of trustees.
  • Proceed down the ramp where a photo in front of the Manor House backdrop will be taken. You will have the opportunity to greet program faculty next. Finally, you will be directed back to your seat by a student marshal.
  • When you return to your seat after hooding and receiving your diploma cover, you may be seated.
    • Once the master’s degrees have all been conferred and all master’s candidates have crossed the stage, Dean Fletcher will ask the EdS candidates to rise and the above process will repeat.
    • Once the master’s and EdS degrees have all been conferred and all have crossed the stage, Dean Fletcher will ask the EdD candidates to rise. The above process will repeat with the EdD candidate’s chairs doing the hooding.
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. 

Diploma Pick Up and Regalia Return

Immediately following the ceremony, diplomas may be picked up and rental and robe back regalia may be returned to Thayer, Templeton Campus Center. Regalia may also be donated to the robe back; donation receipts will be provided by Lewis & Clark Institutional Advancement. Additional information on diploma pick-up dates can be found here.