2020 Commencement Updates

May 14 Message to Students: Commencement 2020 Details

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.