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We look forward to celebrating the many wonderful accomplishments of our Case Western Reserve University Class of 2022 graduates during Commencement Weekend, May 14-15, 2022! Registration for commencement opens online at midnight on Tuesday, March 1.

This year, we are especially grateful and pleased to share that guests will be invited to join our graduates at all diploma ceremonies. It has been two years since we’ve been able to include guests and we’re thrilled that they can share in this special occasion with graduates. Please know that we will safely accommodate as many guests as we can within our various venue capacities.

I wish to congratulate all of our soon-to-be graduates. I’m so proud for each of you and for your dedication to learning and personal growth and transformation during your time here at Case Western Reserve—especially during these exceptional times.

More detailed information on the Commencement Weekend will be shared both online and via email—I encourage you to participate in the weekend’s many planned events. You’ve earned it!

Justin Bibb, a double alumnus who won a landslide victory last fall to become Cleveland’s 58th mayor, will deliver Case Western Reserve University’s commencement address Sunday, May 15, at the Veale, Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center. 

And, just as he simultaneously earned two degrees at the university, Bibb will appear at a second campus graduation ceremony that weekend. Four years after receiving his own JD from the law school, he will offer remarks to its Class of 2022 a day earlier in Severance Hall.

“The JD/MBA degrees I received from CWRU helped strengthen my belief that I could one day lead our city,” Mayor Bibb said. “I look forward to returning to campus and sharing words of wisdom to inspire the next generation of leaders.” 

Cleveland’s second-youngest mayor when he took office in January, the 34-year-old Bibb has tackled the new role with energy—rolling out an ambitious 85-goal plan for his first 100 days, introducing legislation to support West Side Market growth, and even playing in the NBA All-Star celebrity game Feb. 19. Three days after that contest, he spent more than three hours defending his $1.8 billion city budget proposal.

“We are deeply honored that Mayor Bibb has agreed to speak at our ceremonies this spring,” President Eric W. Kaler said. “A Cleveland native who studied law and business here, he brings a unique perspective on how academic experiences can influence graduates’ subsequent pursuits.”

Bibb largely grew up in the city’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, attending Trinity High School in Garfield Heights before earning his bachelor’s degree in urban studies from American University. While at American, Bibb interned with then-Sen. Barack Obama and spent a year at the London School of Economics studying urban development and economics.

His career includes stints at for-profit entities like Gallup and KeyBank, as well as nonprofit organizations such as Urbanova. While at Case Western Reserve, Bibb participated in campus groups focused on entrepreneurship and corporate finance and law; he also joined the boards of organizations like Destination Cleveland and the Ohio chapter of Teach for America.

“We are thrilled and honored that Mayor Bibb will be our law school graduation speaker,” Co-Dean Jessica Berg said, “and also that the rest of the campus will have the opportunity to hear from him as the keynote speaker for the overall university ceremony.” 

Added Co-Dean Michael Scharf: “Even taking into account our many exceptional alumni, Mayor Bibb stands out as an inspiring leader.” 

The law school’s diploma ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Severance Hall, while the university’s commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15, in the Veale, Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center.