August 2019 Newsletter

Student Gathering

The academic year begins with New Student Orientation!

Grad Student Orientation Next Week!

Whether you started classes in the Summer or will be starting this Fall, join us for the New Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21! You'll receive valuable info about Diversity 360, the KSL Library, Access Services, Health and Counseling Services, the CWRU Police, [U]Tech, and more! Note: This is not a mandatory event but is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about the resources available around campus. 

If you are a new Fall or Summer student, please register through the New Student Checklist. For anyone that is unable to register through the checklist, you can register here.

View the complete orientation schedule of events here. Some highlights of orientation include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Picking up your CWRU student ID so you don't have to wait in line.
  • Snagging a cool CWRU Graduate Studies T-Shirt.
  • Everyone's favorite perk: free breakfast and lunch!
  • Participate in Diversity 360!
  • Try to win the GRADventure scavenger hunt!


Graduating Students with Caps in ceremony

Congrats to Summer Graduates! 

You did it! Degrees for students who completed their work during the summer semester will be awarded on Friday, August 16.

Diplomas for August 2019 Graduates

Summer graduates, look for an email with detailed instructions on how and when you can pick up your diploma at the School of Graduate Studies office (Tomlinson 203). If you cannot pick it up yourself, you may authorize someone to pick up your diploma by emailing their name to (Note: They will need ID to pick it up). If you would prefer to have your diploma mailed to you, please log-in to CampusGroups to complete the Diploma Mailing Information Form here; a processing fee is required for all diploma mailings. Visit the Diploma section of our Graduation page for additional details and mailing costs. Your diploma will be kept at our office for several weeks but please try to retrieve your diploma as soon as possible - you earned it, you deserve it!

Waiver for the Student Medical and One-to-One Fitness plans 

Do you have Health Insurance? If you're already covered, make sure to waive your Student Medical Plan before the end of the Add/Drop period on September 6 to avoid being charged. Also, every graduate student is automatically enrolled as a member of One-to-One Fitness but if you are not interested you have the option to waive this plan by September 1. If you opted to waive the Student Medical Plan and/or the One-to-One Fitness plan in previous academic years, you must apply again to waive these plans for the 2019-2020 year.

Please note: If are staying on the Student Medical Plan, your coverage year began on August 1.

Students exercising on treadmills

Register now for Fall classes

Don't forget to register for Fall classes through SIS. The Add/Drop period ends on Friday, September 6. If you have a hold on your account, talk to your advisor or check below to see how to remove it.

How to remove holds in SIS

  • Advising Hold: Automatically placed onto your account twice per year and must be removed by your advisor before you can register for courses.
  • Past Due Balance Hold: Placed by Student Financial Services, these holds can affect registration, ordering transcripts or receiving your diploma. Login to SIS to pay your balance.
  • Financial Preregistration Hold: Placed by Student Financial Services. Simply click on the Hold link in SIS and walk through the steps to remove it.
  • Planned Program of Study (PPOS) Hold:  Students who have not submitted a PPOS in SIS by the end of their second semester (or earlier for some Masters programs) may have a registration hold placed on their records. Once submitted, your advisor must review and approve the PPOS in SIS. The hold will then be processed and removed overnight. 
  • Missing Transcripts / Test Scores / Recommendations: A registration hold placed by Graduate Studies Admissions if you have missing documents that need to be submitted. Login to the online application system here to view what is missing. For specific questions, email

Campus Community

Grad Picnic and Student Org Fair

The Graduate Student Council invites all graduate and professional students to a Welcome Back Picnic and Student Organizations Fair on Tuesday, August 27 from 4:00 to 7:00pm on the Case Quad outside of Nord Hall. Come meet student organizations from all across campus, all with different focuses in interests, community service and advocacy. Also, come touch base with representatives from career services and learn about new transportation services on campus.

Fall Convocation

The campus community is invited to attend the Fall Convocation on Wednesday, August 28 at 4:45pm in Severance Hall to kick off the new academic year with visiting author and keynote speaker Paige Williams who will discus her work The Dinosaur Artist.

The Convocation ceremony is free to attend but registration is required.

Screenshot of TransLoc CWRU Campus Shuttle Map

Shuttles to the Health Education Campus 

The new Health Education Campus (HEC) opened earlier this summer several blocks west of University Circle. To accommodate students, staff, and faculty, several new free shuttle routes have been implemented to ferry passengers between HEC and the main campus. Read more about the new routes (HEC Main, HEC Flyer, and Nursing) on the University's shuttle transportation page. You can also download and track every shuttle in the greater University Circle area via the TransLoc Rider app (view the map).

We now offer an Orientation Live Chat!

Are you a new grad student? Have a question about Orientation? Just want to know more about the campus? Go to the School of Graduate Studies homepage > New Students > Graduate Student Orientation. If an orientation coordinator is available to chat, a window will pop up in the lower right corner. The chat is typically staffed from 9:30am to noon and 1:30pm to 4:30pm on most weekdays leading up to Orientation and the start of classes.

Changes to Research Poster Printing 

Kelvin Smith Library's Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship no longer offers poster printing services. FedEx Kiosk, the University’s official print contractor located in Thwing, will serve the campus's needs for producing research posters and other material. KSL will focus on strengthening the Freedman Center as a partnership-driven destination for creativity, discovery and experimental scholarship.

Research ShowCASE 2013 poster being presented

Weekly Summer Events

The summer isn't over yet! There is still fun to be had with some weekly events - many free - around University Circle including the final Wade Oval Wednesday next week!

Upcoming Events

Banner of Events Listed in August 2019 Newsletter

Sunday, August 25- Student Activities Fair. Explore different student organizations at CWRU! This fair is focused on undergrad groups but many welcome all students. 11:30am-1pm at KSL Oval.

Sunday, August 25- Annual screening of Casablanca by CWRU Film Society. Free. 6:30pm in Strosacker.

Tuesday, August 27- Graduate Student Council's Welcome Back Picnic and Student Organizations Fair. 4-7pm on Case Quad by Nord.

Wednesday, August 28- Fall Convocation to start the new academic year. Keynote speaker Paige Williams. Free but RSVP required. 4:45pm in Severance Orchestra Hall.

Thursday, August 29- Welcome [Back] Party. Join the Center for International Affairs to welcome CWRU's international students and those returning from studying abroad! 4-6pm in Tomlinson Lobby.

Friday, August 30- Multicultural Grad Lunch. Free. 12:30-2pm on Case Quad by Adelbert.

Wednesday, September 4- Diversity 360 Standalone Session. 1:30-4:30pm in Adelbert Hall Toepfer Room.

Wednesday, September 4- Welcome Reception for CWRU Multicultural Students, Staff and Faculty. Free; RSVP by 8/26. 4:30-6pm in Tink Ballroom.

Wednesday, September 4- QGrad's Annual Kickoff Party. Free. 6-8pm at ABC The Tavern in Uptown.

Thursday, September 5- Game Night at KSL. Take a break to play some board games with friends. 7-9pm in KSL Freedman Center.

Friday, September 6- Diversity 360 Lunch & Learn Series. 12:30-2pm in Tink Senior Classroom.

Saturday, September 7- WRUW FM's annual Studio-A-Rama outdoor day-long rock concert series. Free. 2pm - midnight at Mather Memorial Courtyard.

Friday, September 13- Asian Mid-Autumn Festival. Join the Center for International Affairs for authentic Asian food, games, and festival traditions. Free. 6-7pm in Thwing.

Saturday, September 14- Silver Hall Concert Series opening night with 20 diverse music performances. Free but reserve tickets. Maltz Performing Arts Center.

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