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. 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. Free tickets will be available beginning Monday, July 20 by contacting the Severance Hall box office at 216.231.1111.
Fall Convocation 2015 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 at Severance Hall.
Dr. Claude Mason Steele's groundbreaking research addresses some of the most pressing contemporary problems in American society. His book, and this year's Case Western Reserve University Common Read, Whistling Vivaldi provokes readers to examine how they identify each other and themselves. Steele shares new research and insights about the power of stereotypes, often illustrating them with compelling stories involving young adults and college students. The book addresses not only race and racism, but also stereotypes of gender, sexuality and ethnicity.