2020 Commencement Updates

To the Class of 2020,

After all of the disruption and disappointment you endured last spring, we so wanted to give you a graduation with all of the grandeur and celebration you and your loved ones had missed in May.

And when seniors’ survey responses showed a preference for including an in-person Commencement as part of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, the time between our April announcement and mid-October seemed long enough for some normalcy to return.

As each of you knows firsthand, our expectations proved far too optimistic. With July’s new case count more than double that of any previous month, we understand far more about just how confounding a foe COVID-19 can be.

In response to this painful reality, we will announce a shift to a virtual Homecoming in an email later today. Given all of the spring’s setbacks, we first wanted to let you know that we must again postpone your in-person graduation ceremonies. Rather than try to set a third date for this milestone event, we will wait until the nation has a far firmer sense of when large gatherings would be welcome, instead of feared.

To be clear, we remain committed to celebrating your accomplishments with family and friends in person when it is safe to do so. You have earned your moment. We deeply regret that it must wait, yet again.

We do hope you will join us for online homecoming events taking place Oct. 8-11. Registration will open in early September. We look forward to sharing details of a program that captures the spirit and fellowship of an autumn in University Circle.

Thank you again for your continued patience and positivity. 


Barbara R. Snyder
President

Ben Vinson III
Provost and Executive Vice President

Updated August 7, 2020

To Our Graduates of the Class of 2020:

Each year we look forward to our Commencement ceremonies, which are among our most treasured traditions. While we wish we all could gather together in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center, we are grateful that we can mark this important milestone in the lives of our accomplished graduates virtually, given the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Sunday, May 17, we invite you, your families and your friends to join us online as we officially confer degrees to the Case Western Reserve University Class of 2020. Beginning at 9 a.m. EDT on May 17, you can view the virtual commencement videos, which you will find on the commencement homepage and on university/school Facebook pages. The videos are pre-recorded, and will remain available for viewing any time after 9 a.m. EDT.

The virtual convocation ceremony will include pre-recorded video messages from university leadership, reflections from convocation speaker William F. Baker and Alumni Association President Arnold Huffman, along with the presentations of the Hovorka Prize, honorary degrees, and the official conferral of degrees.

Separate videos for school diploma ceremonies will include additional congratulatory messages and personalized recognition for graduates, including sharable digital slides honoring our graduates.

Social media engagement on commencement day is encouraged. Please use the hashtag #CWRUGrad2020 and be sure to tag CWRU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so we can share your celebratory posts. Also be sure to check out the special digital content created for Case Western Reserve students and families to share on social media.

We hope you remain safe and healthy. Congratulations graduates. Now more than ever, we say, “Shine on, Case Western Reserve.”

Barbara R. Snyder
President

Ben Vinson III
Provost and Executive Vice President

Updated May 14, 2020 

On May 17, members of the CWRU Class of 2020 and their friends and families are invited to gather together online as the Case Western Reserve University leadership recognizes them and confers their CWRU degrees.

The virtual commencement videos will be available for viewing online on Sunday, May 17, 2020 beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST. Links will be available from the commencement homepage: https://case.edu/commencement/ or from the webcast page: https://case.edu/commencement/media/webcast. The videos will remain available, and can be viewed anytime after 9:00 a.m. EST.

The virtual convocation ceremony will include pre-recorded video messages from President Barbara R. Snyder, reflections from convocation speaker William F. Baker and Alumni Association President Arnold Huffman, along with the presentation of the Hovorka Prize, honorary degrees, and the official degree conferral.

Separate videos for school diploma ceremonies will include additional congratulatory messages and personalized recognition for graduates, including sharable digital slides honoring our graduates.

Social media engagement is encouraged! Please use the hashtag #CWRUGrad2020.

University Marketing & Communications designed a package of digital content for graduates and families to use and share across social media. Use #CWRUGrad2020 and make sure to tag CWRU on Facebook, Instagram/Stories and Twitter, so we can share your celebratory posts.

Download digital content here

Yes, bachelor's and master's students can order academic regalia online directly from the vendor, Oak Hall. https://casewestern.shopoakhalli.com/ 

In order to receive a refund, you may need your purchase receipt and all regalia pieces. Please contact the University Bookstore once they reopen at 216.368.2650 or 800.825.2650 to complete the refund process.

Marching Order, an outside vendor, has been contracted to create personalized graduate slides for the virtual ceremonies. Graduates who wish to participate should follow the instructions provided in an email from Marching Order inviting them to “Create Your Graduation Slide.”

Participation in the university’s virtual commencement ceremonies (by submitting information for a personalized slide, or by viewing the ceremonies online) is optional.