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Graduate Commencement

Information for Guests

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

Tickets NOT Required

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


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Arrival- by 9:30 a.m.

We encourage guests to arrive to campus by 9:30 a.m. in order to ensure enough time to find parking, walk or take the shuttle to the Pamplin Sports Complex, and to find seating.

Coffee, tea, and water will be provided before and during the commencement ceremony. You are also invited to attend the reception after the ceremony.

For pre-commencement lattes, pastries, and flowers, and for brunch after, local providers include:

C = coffee, tea, and pastries; F = flowers

Quick Map: Looking for Pamplin Sports Complex? From most places on campus, you will be able to see the steeple of the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. Pamplin is located to the northeast of the chapel—a very short distance away.


The Lewis & Clark Bookstore will be open on Commencement Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Templeton Campus Center)

The Processional - 9:50 a.m.

A bagpiper will lead the graduates, faculty, and platform party from Stamm Dining Hall past the Manor House and into the Pamplin Sports Complex. (In the case of rain, the processional will be shorter—from the Pamplin Sports Complex Trophy Hall into the arena.)

*Conferring of Degrees and the Hooding Ceremony

Following the commencement address, 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 to receive their degrees.

Professional photographers from GradImages will be capturing images of the graduates throughout the conferral of the degrees.

*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.

Recessional - approximately noon

The bagpiper will lead the recessional followed by the platform party, faculty, and graduates. Guests are asked to remain in their seats until the final graduate has exited the building.

Reception - following the ceremony, approximately noon

A reception will be held immediately after graduation on the Manor House Circle (or in Stamm Dining Hall, in case of inclement weather). We hope that you will be able to join your graduate in the celebration!

Bookstore - open from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Templeton Campus Center)
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 may 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.

Family Pets

We adore our dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and rodents, too, but we kindly request that you leave your family pets at home the day of the commencement ceremony. (Pets are not allowed in the Pamplin Sports Center and there are no pet-safe areas available immediately outside of the arena.)