J. Thomas Mortimer, Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering 

Emeriti Academy Upcoming Events

The Office of Emeriti Affairs and the Emeriti Academy Executive Committee work together to provide a robust schedule for Emeriti.

Emeriti are invited to participate in two major university events – convocation and commencement – which mark the beginning and end of the academic calendar. While these hold the most respected space in an emeriti's calendar, other university activities are noted on the University Programs + Events calendar.

All Emeriti are considered regular members of the Emeriti Academy, and need not apply for membership. Please see the Emeriti Academy webpage for information on regular and sponsored events.

For those without academic regalia for convocation and commencement, staff in the Office of Emeriti Affairs will order it at no cost for these events.


Fall Convocation is a formal celebration that opens each new academic year at Case Western Reserve University. It occurs in late August, during the first week of the fall semester, and stands as a bookend to commencement. The event begins with a procession of the university's leadership, faculty, emeriti, delegates and banner guard, in academic regalia, into Severance Hall. For more information on the event and the procession, visit convocation information.


Commencement celebrates the accomplishment of a new degree. It touches every segment of the campus community. Faculty march with the academic procession, marshals lead the way, trustees join the platform party, and volunteers make sure that everything comes together to make the celebration memorable. For more information on participation visit commencement information.