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Clarion University
Spring 2022 Commencement

Saturday, May 7, 2022    
Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium

Spring 2022 Commencement Program

10 a.m.    College of Arts & Sciences
                  College of Business Administration & Information Sciences

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Majors include: Accounting, Administration Technology, Anthropology, Art, Associate of Arts: Arts & Sciences, Biology, Business Administration, Business Economics, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Economics (BA degree), English, Environmental Biology, Environmental Geoscience, Geology, Finance, History, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Industrial Technology, Integrative Studies, Integrative Studies concentrations in: (Communication, Education, English, Geography & Sustainable Planning, Global Understanding, Music, Paralegal Studies, Theatre, Women & Gender Studies, Writing), Integrative Studies: Library Science, International Business, Library Science, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Molecular Biology/Biotechnology, Paralegal Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Sociology, dual major in Sociology/Psychology, Real Estate, Technology Leadership, Theatre

2 p.m.      College of Education, Health & Human Services

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Majors include: Allied Health, Allied Health Leadership, Athletic Training, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Criminal Justice Administration, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood/Special Education, Master of Education (all concentrations), Integrative Studies concentrations in: (Athletic Training, Community Services, Health Promotion & Wellness, Sports Management), Medical Imaging Sciences, Middle Level Education (all concentrations), Nursing, Nutrition & Fitness, Psychology, Rehabilitative Sciences (all concentrations), Rehabilitative Services, Respiratory Care, Secondary Education (all concentrations), Special Education, Speech Language Pathology, Sport Management

In-person ceremony details

Photos and Livestream

The ceremony will be livestreamed and available following commencement. 

Clarion University contracts with GradImages Photography, which will contact graduates via Eagle email after the ceremony with proofs for review and purchase information.


Those not requiring special accommodation are asked to park in one of the following lots:

  • Lot 11 (across from Greenville Ave from Tippin Gymnasium)
  • Lot 12 (behind Marwick Boyd Fine Arts Center)
  • Lot 14 & 16 (next to the Rec Center)

For a map detailing the location of the lots listed above, please see a Campus Map.

There will be a designated handicap seating section in Lot 12 near Marwick Boyd.

Public Safety officers will be on hand that day to direct you.

Ceremony Details

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours and includes a welcome address, conferral of degrees by the college deans, student speaker, recognition of individual graduates by name and presentation of diploma covers and a graduate photo by GradImages Photography.

NOTE: The actual diplomas will be mailed to all graduates approximately four weeks after their graduation date.

Graduate Arrival

Graduates should arrive at the Tippin Auxiliary Gym between 9 - 9:15 a.m. to pick up their name card and robe.  Candidates will assemble with the appropriate college and will process over to Tippin Gymnasium.  Name Cards must be picked up no later than 9:45 a.m. 

guest arrival

Doors to the Tippin Gymnasium will be open at 9 a.m., an hour before the start of the ceremony.  Admission into the ceremony will be by ticket only.  Each graduate participating in the ceremony will be allotted six (6) tickets for their guests.

 Wheelchair seating is available in the upper and lower levels and in the back of the gymnasium.  Seating may not be available near other family members.

Faculty speakers

There will be no faculty speakers for the Spring 2022 Commencement ceremony.

Student speakers

10 a.m. ceremony

Berit I. Haahr

HaahrBerit I. Haahr is a degree candidate for a Master of Science in Library Science. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College, from which she graduated cum laude with honors in English, and a Master of Education from Cabrini University.

Berit has been teaching for over 20 years. She is currently an elementary reading specialist in Rose Tree Media School District in Media, Pennsylvania. Before teaching, she worked as a bookseller, writer, editor and tutor. This fall, she will move to another school within her district to be their elementary school librarian. She is delighted to continue her work in literacy and equity, and she thanks the Clarion community for this opportunity.

Originally from the Bronx, in New York City, Berit now lives in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, with her wife, Elaine Wahl, and their two mostly-grown children.

2 p.m. ceremony

Macy T. McCarthy

Macy T. McCarthyMacy T. McCarthy of Benton, Pennsylvania, is a degree candidate for a Bachelor of Science in education, early childhood/special education with a minor in athletic coaching.

McCarthy is a member of the Honors Program and the Clarion University women's soccer team. She is an active member of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, The National Society of Leadership and Success, the Student Honors Association, the Student Council of Exceptional Children, and Delta Kappa Pi International Honor Society in Education, for which she served as fundraising chair.

Upon graduation, McCarthy plans to become an elementary teacher and soccer coach.

Her parents are Theresa and William McCarthy.


Academic REgalia

Announcement Cards

Custom graduation announcements to send to family and friends can be ordered through Jostens.

Cap and Gown

Each participant must be attired in an academic robe and matching cap. Academic attire is purchased online through Jostens.   Full attire and separate items can be purchased through the website.

Cap and gown shipping follows a lead time of at least 21 days.  Please be sure to order your attire, by the below, Jostens' approved, deadline.

Doctoral & Master Ordering Deadline:   March 31, 2022

Associate & Bachelor Ordering Deadline: April 14, 2022

**PLEASE NOTE: We kindly ask that personal modifications to the mortarboards (caps) be limited to those expressing well-wishing and gratitude or affiliation with sanctioned organizations. Students are not permitted to have unacceptable decorations, offensive language or inappropriate images on the mortarboards. Students not following these guidelines may be pulled from the graduation line up.

Honors/Honor Cords

(Undergraduate students only)

Honor graduates are identified at commencement by an honor cord, which is worn with the traditional academic attire. Latin honors designations will be not be permanently placed on a student's transcript until after his/her final semester grades are received and a new, final cumulative grade point average (GPA) is computed. To receive Latin honors, a minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Clarion University (excluding credit by exam).

Because grades from a student's final term of enrollment are not officially posted and recomputed until after graduation, GPA's used for determining honors cords at the commencement ceremony will be made at the end of the semester preceding the student's last semester of enrollment.

Undergraduate students who have achieved the following cumulative averages as of the last graded term of their enrollment should pick up an honor cord at the Clarion University Store (Room 121 Gemmell Student Complex - formerly know as Racquetball Court #1) or contact the store to have the cord shipped to them (814/393-2696). There is no charge for honor cords.

  • 3.40 - 3.59 Cum Laude - White
  • 3.60 - 3.79 Magna Cum Laude - Blue
  • 3.80 - 4.00 Summa Cum Laude - Gold

Honors for the final transcript are based on cumulative grade point average including grades for the final semester.

Last Updated 4/27/22