Fall Convocation

About Fall Convocation 

Fall Convocation is the formal celebration that opens each new academic year at Case Western Reserve University. Held in late August during the first week of the fall semester, Fall Convocation features keynote remarks from the Elaine G. Hadden Distinguished Visiting Author, along with recognition of faculty receiving the highest honor—the title of Distinguished University Professor

University’s Common Reading‌

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As part of the common reading program, the author of the common reading book appears as the Elaine G. Hadden Distinguished Visiting Author during Fall Convocation—the official opening event of the new academic year. The event is open to the entire campus community and also to the public. For more information, please see the Event Details page. 

Our 2021 speaker will be Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet, Tracy K. Smith. Her fourth book of poems, Wade in the Water, was chosen as Case Western Reserve University’s 2021 common reading book. Each year since 2002, the university’s common reading has served as a basis for programs and discussions for first-year students.

Read the complete announcement from The DailyTracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water chosen for Case Western Reserve’s common reading program

Learn more about Tracy K. Smith - View the Resource Guide created by the Kelvin Smith Library