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Alumni News June 2015

Date Released: 1 June 2015

Welcome 2015 Graduates!

By Chamois Williams, Coordinator, Chapter & Regional Programming, The Alumni Association

This May, Case Western Reserve University celebrated its 30th anniversary commencement with more than 2,000 graduates and over 3,500 friends and family members. The day began inside Veale Convocation, Recreation, and Athletic Center with congratulatory remarks from President Barbara R. Snyder.

In addition to prestigious awards and prizes, President Snyder granted four honorary degrees to distinguished professionals including: Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp. and current U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council; Stanley Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein Inc.; Adel Mahmoud, professor of molecular biology and public policy at Princeton University; Barry Meyer (LAW’67) retired Warner Bros. chairman and CEO. Barry Meyer was also the keynote speaker at commencement.

During his 42-year tenure, Meyer led Warner Bros. to consistently high rankings in the box office and television ratings. Most remarkably he drove successes such as the Harry Potter series and Argo, and popular television shows such as Two and a Half Men. Meyer conveyed to his audience the importance of meaningful, personal relationships in a world where digital “friendships” and social media platforms draw our attention to our screens, rather than face-to-face interaction.

"Real relationships, good ones, fulfilling, exciting ones," says Meyer, "require knowledge, and understanding, and depth and work. You're going to have to master the fine art of collaboration. The lifeblood of collaboration is trust. All of it transcends the limits of commoditized communication." 

Undergraduates, graduates and professional-school students officially conferred their degrees before dispersing to their respective school’s receptions and received their diplomas. On behalf of The Alumni Association, we would like to welcome all 2015 graduates as alumni of Case Western Reserve University. 

Learn more about getting involved with local alumni chapters and networks. 

View video highlights here.

Center for International Student Affairs Graduation Ceremony 

By Chamois Williams, Coordinator, Chapter & Regional Programming, The Alumni Association

The Center for International Affairs held an International Graduation Celebration on Thursday, May 14 in the Thwing Center Ballroom to celebrate the achievements of Case Western Reserve University’s graduating international students. William A. “Bud” Baeslack III, Provost and Executive Vice President presented welcoming remarks. He commended students for their hard work and praised their friends and family for the support they gave while many studied far from home.

A special talk and question-and-answer session was delivered by Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. Jackson spoke of Cleveland’s continued initiative to recruit “young blood” to the city's growing economy. He described Cleveland as having the innovative drive of a “big city,” but also as a city that retains a small town feel—a welcoming environment for the kind of diversity CWRU embraces.

Jackson addressed concerns from young graduates who would like to find internship opportunities and jobs in the Cleveland area, and explained that the city has been making great efforts to create employment and work-related experiences through programs such as those Global Cleveland (present at the event) offers through their affiliation with CWRU Office of International Student Services (OISS).

Global Cleveland and the OISS work to connect local employers with international students by inviting them to mini-career oriented workshops and young professional group expositions. Global Cleveland also participates in workshops for the OISS International Student Success series where international students learn how to better assimilate in social and academic life at CWRU.

David Fleshler, Associate Provost for International Affairs, closed the morning’s event by congratulating students on their upcoming graduation, emphasizing that their success comes not only from excelling in the classroom, but from adapting to a new country, language and unaccustomed social life.

As students finished brunch they were encouraged to stop by The Alumni Association table to learn more about domestic and international alumni chapters that could provide them a familiar CWRU network (over 6,100 alumni reside in various cities in Europe and Asia). This year's class of international student graduates represents over 30 countries at all degree levels within all of the schools and colleges of CWRU.

Upcoming Alumni Events in June:

June 3
6 p.m.
June 4
6 p.m.

June 7
10 a.m.

June 18
5:30 p.m./8 p.m.
June 20
4 p.m.
June 27
1 p.m.
June 28
11:30 a.m.
AAAA Summer Social Raleigh/Durham Bulls Baseball Game Cle/Akron Hale Farm & Village Picnic Library of Congress Reception/ Young Alumni After Party Austin Round Rock Express Game & Potluck Cleveland Frank Lloyd Wright House Tour Baltimore/DC Orioles Game

See all upcoming events on the university alumni events calendar.

Young Alumni Happy Hours: ‌ ‌

Philadelphia Los Angeles Bay Area Washington, D.C.
June 4, 6 p.m. June 10, 6 p.m. June 11, 6 p.m. June 17, 8 p.m.
National Mechanics Napa Valley Grille-Westwood Alchemist Bar & Lounge Tortilla Coast

 Summer Send Offs 2015

The Alumni Association will host events this summer in each of the following cities to welcome the class of 2019 and their families to the CWRU community: 

  • Baltimore/Washington, D.C.
  • Bay Area (San Francisco)
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Detroit
  • New York
  • Pittsburgh

These cities were selected based upon the high number of incoming students.  Current students and local alumni will have the opportunity to share their stories with new students about life on campus and how to acclimate to college expectations.