Fall Convocation


Click here to access the Fall Convocation program (PDF document) with more details about the speaker and honorees. 

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

As part of the common reading program, the author of the common reading book appears on campus 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 additional information, please see the Event Details page. 

Our 2020 speaker will be journalist and author Elaine Weiss. Her highly acclaimed narrative non-fiction book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote (Viking 2018), was chosen as Case Western Reserve University’s 2020 common reading book. Each year since 2002, the university’s common reading book has served as a basis for programs and discussions for first-year students.

View a resource guide about the common read book and women's suffrage prepared by Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library.

View the publisher’s Reader’s Guide with discussion questions about The Woman’s Hour