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** All below information pertains to Commencement 2017. Information will be updated in January 2018. 

Commencement Registration and Preparation
School of Medicine/Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine 

EventDate / TimeLocationDetails
Commencement Registration Begins
Wednesday, March 1
9:00 a.m.
Registration is closed. 
All university and college program students planning to participate in their diploma ceremony are required to attend convocation.
Doctoral Fitting
Friday, March 17
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center, Main Floor
Graduates can be measured for their regalia and can register to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Commencement Registration Deadline
Saturday, April 1
5:00 p.m. EDT
Registration is closed.
Deadline for registering to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Convocation Ticket Pick Up
School of Medicine, Special Events Office, T101C
Regalia (Cap & Gown) Pick Up 
May 15-20, 2017
University Bookstore
11451 Euclid Avenue
Payment is due when regalia is picked up. 


Rehearsal and Celebration Schedule
School of Medicine/Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine 

Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, 2017

EventDate / TimeLocationDetails
Mandatory Class Meeting
Friday, May 19
3:00-4:30 p.m.
School of Medicine
All MD graduates are expected to attend this meeting which serves as a rehearsal for commencement. Deans, as well as representatives from the Alumni Office and Special Events office, will be present to provide direction and answer questions. A great kick-off to a memorable weekend.
Class Reception
Friday, May 19
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Biomedical Research Building, Lobby
The dean and faculty of the School of Medicine host a wine and appetizer reception for 2017 graduates receiving their MD and/or PhD. Families are welcome to attend.
Awards Ceremony
Saturday, May 20
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom
School of Medicine honors, awards and prizes will be presented. All graduates and their families are encouraged to attend the ceremony and reception. Award winners will be notified in advance by the Office of Student Affairs.
Awards Ceremony Reception
Saturday, May 20
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom Lobby
Reception for graduates and families/friends.


Commencement Day Schedule
School of Medicine/Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

7:30 a.m.
Breakfast, Class Photo, Graduate Line Up
Biomedical Research Building (BRB), Lobby and Cafeteria
Breakfast provided for graduates, their families and friends. Graduates will robe and line up to process to convocation. A class photo will be taken of all graduates in full academic regalia on the steps of the BRB before processing to convocation (weather permitting).
9:30 a.m.
University Convocation
Veale Convocation Center
Graduates must participate in convocation in order to participate in the diploma ceremony.

This is a ticketed event for guests. The convocation ceremony will be shown on large screens in Ford Auditorium for guests not able to secure convocation tickets. At the conclusion of the convocation ceremony, graduates will remain in procession formation while exiting Veale and will be joined by faculty to process down Adelbert Road to Severance Hall. The procession will be led by our bagpiper and makes for a great photo opportunity for family members watching from Ford Auditorium.
11:00 a.m.
Doors Open (Guests)
Severance Hall
Doors open for guest seating. No tickets are required.
11:30 a.m.
School of Medicine Diploma Ceremony
Severance Hall
Speaker: Victor J. Dzau, MD 
President of the National Academy of Medicine 
1:00 p.m.
School of Medicine 
All commencement attendees, family and friends are welcome to attend. Procession from Severance Hall moves from diploma ceremony without break to School of Medicine reception.
Before 6:00 p.m.
Rental Cap and Gown Drop Off
University Bookstore
11451 Euclid Avenue
Following commencement rental regalia should be returned to the University Bookstore, open May 21 until 6:00 p.m.


Special Accommodations for Guests

Guests requiring special assistance, please contact Barbara Nicol in the School of Medicine Special Event office at 216.368.5515 or email and include in the subject line: Special Needs.

Hooding Information

Hooding will be done by School of Medicine Society Deans or the Lerner College Executive Dean. Hooding Exception requests must be handled through the School of Medicine’s Special Event Office. Please email and include in the subject line: Hooding Request.

Contact Information

Please contact Barbara Nicol Waltermire at 216.368.5515 or or Kathy Malone at 216.368.3109 or with questions.