2019 Graduate Information - Clarks Summit University

2019 Commencement | May 11

Dates to Know

Friday, March 15 | May & August Graduation Application Deadline
Applications received after this date will be subject to an additional $25 fee.

Monday, April 1 | Final Deadline for Participation in Commencement
Applications received after this date will not guarantee the ability to participate due to the ordering of regalia and/or including the graduate’s name in the program.

Thursday, May 9 | Seminary Banquet
Phelps Student Center |For seminary graduates and their families.

Friday, May 10 | Regalia Pick Up
Rec Activities Room
1:30–2:45 P.M.
4:30–5:00 P.M.

Friday, May 10 | Online Graduates Tower Experience

We’ll meet in the historic Murphy Memorial Library on the second floor of Jackson Hall before heading up to the Jackson Hall Tower (conditions permitting) for a time of prayer, photo opportunities, and interaction with your professors and fellow online graduates.

Your family is welcome to join you, however, due to safety concerns, the Tower is only accessible to able-bodied adults. Children 12 and under will not be admitted to the Tower. Attendees will need to navigate a narrow circular staircase, and it is a challenging climb, so please give careful thought to your ability when considering if you can join us!

6:30pm – meet at 2nd floor Library
6:45pm – head up to the Tower

Friday, May 10 | President’s Reception
Phelps Student Center7:30 PM

Saturday, May 11 | Commencement
Recreation Center |10:00 a.m.

Information for Graduates

Commencement Dress for Graduates

This is a formal event so it is expected that graduates would dress accordingly.

Ladies are expected to wear a dress no higher than the top of the knee, or dress pants and blouse, and dress shoes.  Please no spaghetti straps, flip-flops or athletic shoes. 

If you have any questions about dress code, please contact the Dean of Women.

Men are expected to wear a dress shirt, dress pants and a tie.  Dress shoes and socks are appropriate for this kind of an occasion. A jacket is not required.  Please do not wear athletic wear, sneakers or jeans.

If you have any questions about dress code, please contact the Dean of Men.

Graduation Announcements

Josten’s will be on-campus in the spring to order personalized graduation announcements or rings. You can also order on their website at www.jostens.com. Search for Clarks Summit University.

Graduation Regalia

The Registrar’s Office takes care of ordering your graduation regalia. It can be picked up at Friday, May 10 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. before graduation rehearsal and immediately following rehearsal until 5:00 p.m.

Graduation Tickets

Tickets are not required for graduation.

Seminary Banquet

On Thursday, May 9, the Seminary Banquet will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Phelps Student Center. More information will be emailed to seminary graduates.

President’s Reception

On Friday, May 10, come enjoy delicious desserts and good fellowship with fellow graduates and professors. Reservations are required for all graduates and their guests. Each graduate and up to two guests are welcome to attend at no cost. Additional guests may attend at the rate of $3. Reservations must be made by Monday, April 29.

Information for Guests


Doors to the Recreation Center will open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. Because of the nature of the seating in the facility, there are no reserved seats.

Seating for Young Children.
An auxiliary room served by video will be designated for young children. No nursery supervision will be provided. Please be courteous of our graduates and their achievement by taking advantage of this room.

Seating for Disabled Individuals
The entrance to the Recreation Center is at ground level. There is an elevator available for anyone with accessibility needs.


Security will be on duty to assist with parking needs. Please allow time for parking as you plan your arrival.


See a list of area hotels here.

Graduation Tickets

Tickets are not required for graduation.

Live Stream

The live stream will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019. It can be viewed at www.ClarksSummitU.edu/Commencement.

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