What is convocation?

Fall convocation is the first, formal celebration that opens each new academic year at Case Western Reserve University. It's an annual event that occurs in late August, during the first week of the fall semester, and stands as a bookend to commencement.

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.

For more information about this year's event, please see the featured speaker and the schedule of events.


Fall convocation 2014 is fast approaching. This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your free ticket this summer by contacting the Severance Hall box office at 216.231.1111.