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Undergraduate Studies

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

Undergraduate Studies: Any student receiving a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from the Case School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing or Weatherhead School of Management participates in the university-wide convocation ceremony and undergraduate studies diploma ceremony. 

University Convocation: Each student who registers to participate in Commencement will receive two tickets for guests to attend University Convocation in the Veale Convocation Center. These guests will be able to remain in the Veale Center for the Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony, which happens immediately after University Convocation. No diplomas are presented during Convocation. Multiple auxiliary viewing locations will be available for guests without tickets. Convocation will be shown via live webcast for guests who are not able to travel to campus. 

Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony: Each student who registers for Commencement will receive one additional ticket for the Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony. The guest with the additional ticket will view Convocation at another nearby venue on campus and then join the other two guests in the Veale Convocation Center for the Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony.  Multiple auxiliary viewing locations will be available for guests without tickets. The Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony will be shown via live webcast for guests who are not able to travel to campus. 

Degree in Absentia: Undergraduate students who are not participating in commencement may submit a request to receive the degree in absentia. Please complete and submit ‌the 2017 Undergrad Absentia Form (PDF) no later than April 21, 2017. 

Questions: Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies at 216.368.2928. 

Commencement Registration and Preparation
Undergraduate Studies


EventDate / TimeLocationDetails
Commencement Registration Begins
Wednesday, March 1
9:00 a.m.
Registration is closed. 
All students attending any of the commencement ceremonies are required to register by Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
Grad Fair 2017
Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
University Bookstore
Graduates can visit the Grad Fair to take care of their graduation planning and celebration needs. View details for Grad Fair >
Commencement Registration Deadline
Saturday, April 1
5:00 p.m. EDT 
Registration is closed.   
Deadline for registering to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Commencement Ticket Pick Up
April 26-May 12
Sears 357
ID required to pick up tickets.
Absentia Request Deadline
Friday, April 21
Deadline for May graduates who are not participating in commencement to submit a request to receive the degree in absentia. 
Fee Payment Deadline
Friday, May 12
Be sure that all your financial obligations to the university, including outstanding tuition and any parking or library fines, are paid. Diplomas will be withheld until financial obligations are met.


Commencement Rehearsal & Celebration Schedule
Undergraduate Studies
Saturday, May 20, 2017

10:00 a.m.
Commencement Rehearsal
Adelbert Gymnasium
Attendance at commencement rehearsal is required for all graduates receiving a Bachelor's Degree.
4:30 p.m.
Senior Academic Awards Assembly
Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center
1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland
The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center is located at the corner of East 105th Street and Ansel Road in University Circle. 


Commencement Day Schedule
Undergraduate Studies
Sunday, May 21, 2017

8:15 a.m.
Convocation Line Up (Graduates)
Case Quad, west walk in front of Sears, Yost and Tomlinson.
Graduates must arrive in cap and gown no later than 8:15 a.m. Security will be provided in Sears for belongings (coats, purses, etc.).
9:30 a.m.
University Convocation
Veale Convocation Center
Tickets are required for this event.
11:15 a.m.
Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony
Veale Convocation Center
Tickets are required for this event.
Speaker: Radhika Patel, Senior Class President

1:45 p.m.
Undergraduate Reception
Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom
The Undergraduate Reception will be held immediately following the Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony inside the Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom.


Important Information Regarding Completion of Degrees
Undergraduate Studies

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Final grades for any incompletes. (I grades)
Undergraduate Studies
  • May 12 (spring 2017 courses)
Proficiency exam results
Undergraduate Studies
  • May 5
Any substitutions for or requests for waivers of required courses
Undergraduate Studies
  • April 5 (courses taken prior to spring 2017)
  • May 12 (spring 2017 courses)
This may require a signed Academic Requirement Correction form or a memo from advisor and/or department chairperson.
Transfer credit you expect to receive
Undergraduate Studies
  • April 5 (for coursework completed taken prior to spring 2017)
  • June 21 (for coursework taken during spring 2017)
Official transcript must be sent to Undergraduate Studies. For coursework taken off-campus this spring and completed by May 21, an official transcript must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Studies within 30 days of the awarding of degrees.
Final grades for any R grades
Undergraduate Studies
  • May 12
These are usually engineering senior projects in the process of being completed.


Final grades for this spring semester's coursework must be received by the registrar by May 12. All coursework, including senior projects and independent studies, must be completed in time for the instructor to submit grades by this date. If the above deadlines are not met, you may not be certified for graduation. If there are problems, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sears 357, at 216.368.2928 or via email at

If you do not complete degree requirements, you will not receive your degree or diploma. However, students are eligible to participate in May commencement activities if they have completed all degree requirements during that spring semester or the immediately preceding fall semester or summer session, or if they have an appropriate plan to complete their degree requirements in the upcoming summer session or fall semester. You should indicate your plan in writing to your Undergraduate Studies Dean no later than Monday, March 20, 2017. See the list below for your dean.

Please note that a student may participate in the Commencement ceremony only once as a bachelor’s degree candidate, though exceptions may be made for students receiving a second bachelor's degree at least one year after the first.

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Studies

357 Sears Building
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7028

216.368.2928 (phone)
216.368.4718 (fax)