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Potsdam Campus

Clarkson awards degrees in May, August, and December, however there is only one formal commencement ceremony in May. A December Recognition Ceremony is held for students who meet degree requirements in the Summer or Fall terms; these graduates have the option of participating in the May commencement ceremony.

Students must apply for graduation by the following deadlines:

December Graduates: October 15
May Graduates: February 15

Capital Region Campus

The faculty, administration and staff invite the Clarkson Community to graduation on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm. The ceremony will be at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady.

CRC Students must complete the Intent Form by March 15, 2017 for the June Commencement. This will generate a degree audit and subsequent communications regarding graduation.

Questions regarding graduation should be directed to

Each student is responsible to assure that degree requirements are met for their graduate study program.


The steps in the graduation process apply to ALL degree programs:

  1. Students must apply for graduation through their Student Service Center in PeopleSoft by the deadlines. A link to apply for graduation will be available to students who are may be eligible to graduate for the current academic year based on the number of credit hours completed and currently enrolled in.  If this is not available or if you have questions regarding the process, contact Student Administrative Services at
  2. A student becomes a degree candidate when the department certifies that the student has completed department or program and University requirements for graduation and, consequently, recommends him or her to the faculty for the conferring of the appropriate degree. 
  3. Students must have met financial obligations to the University within the time specified by Student Administrative Services.  Diplomas and transcripts will be withheld on past-due accounts and loans.  In addition, diplomas and or transcripts may be withheld for not completing a required exit interview involving University-administered loan programs.

Undergraduate Students - Please refer to the Clarkson Regulations, Section III-U Graduation, for a complete list of requirements.

Graduate Students - Please refer to University Catalog regarding the Graduate policy on commencement.
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