Weekend Gatherings

A Space to Exchange Meaningful Ideas

Twice a year, CLU hosts Weekend Gatherings that brings together students and faculty from our online master’s programs for an intentional time of networking, socializing, and collaborative learning.

The Gathering Weekend includes a day of academic lectures, workshops and Q&A with leaders making an impact in the world. Students from all three programs have the opportunity to meet each other, their instructors and support staff to make meaningful connections that can continue into the online classroom discussions.

The Exchange

As part of the Gathering Weekend, the University convenes The Exchange, which are face-to-face events that bring together students, and faculty for an intentional time of teaching, learning, and sharing. Each event includes opportunities for intellectual and personal development, and community-wide events that feature speakers, panels, discussion forums, and co-curricular activities. An important part of The Exchange is the interaction students have with their instructors, to dialogue and collaborate in idea sharing, and to discuss co-curricular activities and action research projects.


Once a year, prior to the start of the Spring academic term, the Gathering Weekend includes a celebration of all graduates who have completed their degree requirements throughout the preceding academic year. Speakers include a chosen graduate from each of the degree programs, as well as a keynote address from an inspiring leader who has lived the CLU mission of engaging in positive social change.

Highlights from the 2017 Commencement