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Senior Experience

The Senior Experience is a series of events and programs designed to celebrate your last year at Lewis & Clark. This page contains information that will help you navigate the many fun activities planned for your last semester and other resources you will find useful as you move towards graduation.

Make sure you also explore the Commencement Website, which has all the useful information on the steps you need to take to graduate, and help you and your families start planning for the Commencement Weekend.

Have questions about Senior Experience? Contact the co-chairs, Dom Gardner and Tara McIrvin, at

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April 13th, 2018

  • Image preview 7:00pm - 10:00pm: Senior Social
    As your senior year comes to a close, gather at Punch Bowl Social in the heart of Downtown, Portland for a final celebration with the Class of 2018.

February 22nd, 2018

  • Image preview 3:00pm - 6:00pm: Career Fair

    The Career Center is hosting the 3rd annual Lewis and Clark Career Fair! Your next career opportunity might be here!

    At this fair, we will host a diverse variety of employers that are looking for potential employees for internships and jobs. This could be you! Attend the Career Fair prep sessions and extended drop-in hours to prepare for your next potential career.

    Please register for this event.

February 15th, 2018

  • Image preview 4:30pm - 6:30pm: Dress. Impress. Success. / Sr. Experience
    This event will provide informal networking opportunities and tips on professional appearance and etiquette for graduating seniors. We will also provide a photographer to take a fresh photo for your LinkedIn profile! Food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

January 26th, 2018

  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm: Senior Soirée: 100 Days to Graduation
    Join your fellow classmates for the Senior Experience kickoff party that celebrates 100 days until graduation.

    Learn about Senior Experience events, mingle with friends over delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic available), and start the big countdown to graduation.

    Remember to bring both your student ID and government-issued ID. Formal dress is encouraged but not required.

June 23rd, 2017

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Class of 2017 Social at Alumni Weekend
    Welcome to the L&C alumni family! Join us for the Class of 2017’s first reunion celebration. Reconnect with classmates, meet fellow alumni, and experience all that Alumni Weekend has to offer!

May 6th, 2017

  • 2:00pm: Class of 2017 Commencement
    144th Annual Commencement Ceremony
    Saturday, May 6th, 2017
    2:00 p.m. 
    Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Moda Center
  • Image preview 10:00am: Legacy Graduates Reception
    Enjoy a special reception honoring graduating seniors whose relatives are alumni of Lewis & Clark! Graduating seniors with legacy and their families are invited.

May 5th, 2017

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Class of 2017 Commencement Banquet
    Join graduating seniors, families, faculty, and friends for a special evening to celebrate the Class of 2017 and their achievements. Help us thank them for a great four years on campus, their contributions to the College and Portland community, and honor those who made their education possible.
  • 3:00pm: Honors Convocation 2017

    Graduating seniors and other students are recognized for exemplary academic performance and contributions to Lewis & Clark College campus life.

    Reception follows in Stamm Dining Room.

  • Image preview 1:00pm: Baccalaureate Celebration
    The annual Baccalaureate Celebration is an inspirational, interfaith event that features a keynote address, readings and prayers, and musical performances by members of the class of 2017.

Share memories of your time at L&C!

Seniors! Don’t miss out on being in the senior slideshow! Submit up to 5 photos of your time at L&C to the senior slideshow. Share your memories of overseas travel, College Outdoors adventures, campus events, residence hall life, and all the wonderful friends you have made along the way! The slideshow will be played at the Commencement Banquet on May 4th. Please email photos to Deadline to submit photos is April 20th.

Are You Ready to Join the Online Alumni Community?

  1. Like Lewis & Clark College on Facebook and stay updated 
  2. Build a LinkedIn profile and join the Lewis & Clark alumni group, which has over 3,000 members. LinkedIn is a professional networking website that will help you maintain a professional presence online, search for networking contacts, and find career opportunities.
  3. Join the Lewis & Clark College Career Network (L&C Net) on LinkedIn - visit this page for more information. Over 1,000 alumni have agreed to share career information and experience with L&C students!
  4. Create a email address now (if you don’t have one already) that you will use after graduation. Your lclark email will be valid for one year after you graduate. It’s a good idea to start transitioning soon.

Update your Contact Information

Update the alumni office with your email and a new address (not your MSC box) where you will receive mail after you graduate. This is an important step, as you will receive event invitations at the address and email that the alumni office has for you. Events are a great opportunity to build networking contacts, stay in touch with L&C, and meet fellow alumni. Make sure to update the alumni office every time your contact information changes by emailing or calling our main line at 503.768.7950.

Once you graduate, you will gain access to the myLC alumni directory, which is also a great way to keep us updated on your whereabouts and find contact information for classmates.