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 28, 2019 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

Our speaker will be Paige Williams, staff writer at The New Yorker. Her first book, The Dinosaur Artist, has been chosen as Case Western Reserve University’s 2019 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, Paige Williams will appear on campus as the Elaine G. Hadden Distinguished Visiting Author during Fall Convocation on August 28—the official opening event of the 2019-20 academic year.

The event is free and open to the public. For registration information, please see the Event Details page.