University Convocation

Convocation is the university-wide ceremony where the president confers degrees to all the graduates. It is a traditional ceremony that is attended by many faculty, guests and dignitaries, and is the only time that all of the university's graduates are together for a ceremony. The convocation speaker gives the commencement address, and honorary degrees are presented to recognize excellence in human endeavor. No diplomas are presented to students during convocation. 

Convocation begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Veale Convocation Center. Attendance at convocation is required for graduates of the following schools:

  • All undergraduate students;
  • School of Medicine; and
  • Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Attendance at convocation is not required for other graduates, however it is encouraged.

All students who register to attend the university-wide convocation ceremony secure two guest tickets. Tickets are not required for graduates themselves. For guests without tickets, the convocation will be broadcast in several auxiliary viewing locations on campus and via a live webcast


A wide view of the CWRU convocation at the Veale Convocation Center.