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 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. Once the community has congregated, the ceremony, which features a keynote speaker, begins and is followed by a reception on campus.

Fall Convocation will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. at Severance Hall. 

Immediately following the convocation, a complimentary reception and book signing will be held in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom. 

University’s Common Reading‌

The cover of Sarah Kay's book "No Matter the Wreckage"

Our speaker will be poet and spoken word performer, Sarah Kay. Kay's 2014 collection of her first decade of poetry, No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody Publishing), has been chosen as Case Western Reserve University’s 2018 common reading book. Incoming students will receive a copy this summer and will participate in related programming during their inaugural semester at the university. Each year since 2002, the university’s common reading book has served as a basis for programs and discussions for first-year students.

As part of the common reading program, Sarah Kay will appear on campus as the Elaine G. Hadden Distinguished Visiting Author during Fall Convocation on August 29—the official opening event of the 2018-19 academic year.

The event is free and open to the public, online registration requested