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Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation August 27, 2014 4:00pm

Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation 2016

Fall Convocation is the first formal celebration that opens each new academic year at Case Western Reserve University. An annual event that occurs in late August during the first week of the fall semester, Fall Convocation stands as a bookend to commencement. This annual event features an academic procession and a keynote speaker.

The event begins with a procession of the university's leadership, faculty, emeriti, delegates and banner guard, in academic regalia, into Severance Hall. Once the community has congregated in the venue, the ceremony, which features a keynote speaker, begins and is followed by a reception on campus. 

Fall Convocation was held Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at Severance Hall. 

University’s Common Reading

Our speaker will be Ohio native and Pulitzer Prize winner, Anthony Doerr, author of the novel, All the Light We Cannot See (Scribner, 2014). 

The instant New York Times bestseller, which chronicles the parallel and eventually intersecting lives of two European children in World War II, All the Light We Cannot See has been chosen Case Western Reserve University’s 2016 common reading selection for first-year undergraduates. Each year since 2002, the university’s common reading book serves as a basis for programs and discussions for first-year students from orientation through fall semester. Incoming students receive the book to read during the summer. 

All the Light We Cannot See treats readers to the story of a blind French girl and German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. The awarding Pulitzer committee described the work as “an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.”

In addition to being awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, Doerr has won numerous prizes, both in the United States and abroad, including four O. Henry Prizes, three Pushcart Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Story Prize.

Watch Anthony Doerr discuss the foundation of his novel