April 2021 Newsletter

Blooming flowers outside Tomlinson Hall, April 2021

Commencement Ceremony

All students who will be graduating this semester as well as those who graduated in August 2020 or January 2021 have been invited to this year's Commencement Ceremony next month. The School of Graduate Studies ceremony will be held on Friday, May 28 beginning at 12:30pm EDT and outdoors on Freiberger Field (adjacent to KSL and the Tink). No diplomas will be given out at the ceremony (the official conferral of degrees will be two days later). Due to ongoing health safety measures, no guests will be permitted at the in-person ceremony. The live ceremony as well as a virtual ceremony will be streamed for those who cannot or choose not to attend.

All graduating students are asked to respond to the invitation and indicate if you intend to participate in-person or not. You will also have the opportunity to create a personalized slide that will be presented at both the in-person and virtual ceremony. The deadline to register for Commencement is Sunday, May 16 by 11:59pm EDT; however you should complete any edits to the phonetic spelling of your name and upload a recording of your pronunciation by Tuesday, May 4.

If you cannot find your invitation or have any other questions, please email gsgrad@case.edu. Additional details can be found on the Commencement website.

PhD Graduates lined up on Main Quad before Commencement Convocation 2017


Submit Graduation Materials by April 30

If you have applied to graduate for Spring 2021, you must submit your final materials by 5:00pm EDT on Friday, April 30 (note the revised deadline). Submission of materials includes the completed format check and the uploading of your approved Thesis or Dissertation to OhioLINK. Please plan to communicate with your advisors and committee to make sure all approvals are completed. All forms can be downloaded and electronically signed. Please continue to submit all forms and material by email to gradstudies@case.edu.

Register for Summer and Fall Classes!

If you haven't yet, register now for Summer and Fall through SIS! Some courses will have the option to be conducted as distance learning. Be sure to talk with your advisor and check SIS for any holds that may prevent registration; see below on how to remove them.

  • 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 to view what is missing. For specific questions, email gradadmit@case.edu.

Smiling student at computer in lab

Considering a Career in Teaching?

Grad students and postdocs can sign up for the non-credit UNIV 401 Advanced Professional Development for University Teaching Seminar this summer or next fall to provide an introduction to pedagogical skills for future faculty. The seminars meet on Tuesdays though enrollment is limited to 15 students in each section. Register for UNIV 401 in SIS and email univ401@case.edu with any questions.

Campus Community

Funding Available for Virtual Conferences!

Need funding for an upcoming virtual conference? If you are presenting remotely, you can apply for one of our two travel awards: the Graduate Student Travel Award (GSTA) and the Verhosek Fund (V-Fund). Check out our fellowships and awards page and carefully read the eligibility and specific requirements for each award.


If you still need to be vaccinated, there are available dates coming up on campus for anyone over the age 16. Visit the University's vaccination website for details, sign up for an appointment, and get your shot!

Beyond the Professoriate Online Career Conference

The Professional Development Center in Grad Studies has paid for a bulk membership so grad students can attend Beyond the Professoriate's 8th Annual Online Career Conference on May 1 and May 8 for strategies for landing a job after your degree! Free but you must pre-register by Friday, April 30.

Virtual Summer Intern: Broadening Participation in Graduate Education

Masters and doctoral students at CWRU can apply for a paid, fully virtual summer internship! See the Council of Graduate Schools' website for more details and how to apply. The review of applications will start on Tuesday, May 4.

Student reading eBook lying on grass in Quad, summer time

GSC Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Research Award

Masters or doctoral students who come from groups involving any and all people of color within the United States are invited to apply for the Graduate Student Council's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Award to provide funding to conduct research with marginalized  populations. See the GSC's April 27 email for details or contact gscinfo@case.edu. Applications are due by 11:59pm EDT on Friday, May 7.

Nominations Needed: New International Student Advisory Council

Graduate student representatives are needed on a new International Student Advisory Council. ISAC's mission is to give CWRU's international students a stronger voice on campus to to share their thoughts and concerns. Representatives will serve a year-long term (July to June) and work with the Office of International Student Services (ISS) to hone their leadership skills and engage with the campus community.

Nominations are due by Friday, May 7. For more information and to access the nomination form, visit the ISAC website.

Selection of student winners of 2018 Graduate Awards

Virtual Graduate Awards Ceremony

To honor our students, the School of Graduate Studies will again hold annual Graduate Awards Ceremony as a virtual celebration you can stream from the comfort of your home anywhere in the world! More details will be coming soon so please join us in cheering on our amazing students!

Stay Safe in the Spring

Despite the workload as the end of the semester nears, the wonderful weather is bringing us outdoors more. Review these tips on staying safe on and off campus this spring including SafeRide, using other ride share services, installing the Rave Guardian App, and more.

Mandatory Weekly COVID-19 Testing

Reminder, all students who come to campus for any length of time are required to participate in weekly, mandatory COVID-19 surveillance tests even if you have been vaccinated. See more information.

You must also continue to submit your daily health assessment when coming to campus, wear a mask at all times (inside and out), maintain distance from others, and practice hand hygiene. See the University's COVID-19 website for more information.

Doc Oc Memorial Statue Wearing a Face Mask

Upcoming Events

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, events are held online. All times in Eastern.

LGBTQ+ graduating students are invited to join the Lavender Graduation ceremony held virtually this year on Tuesday, May 4 at 5:00pm EDT! See more info how to register.

The Graduate Student Council invites you to the second Thwingo Grad Night on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00pm EDT for some socially-distant bingo fun in Thwing Ballroom and a chance at prizes! Seating is limited so register now on CampusGroups!

The next general assembly meeting for the Graduate Student Council will be held on Wednesday, May 5 at 6:00pm EDT. Interim University President Cowen and Vice President Stark from the Division of Student Affairs will be attending to answer previously submitted questions.

Latinx Graduation is a pre-commencement ceremony that recognizes, celebrates, and honors the Latinx Graduates on Thursday, May 27 at 6:00pm EDT. If you have any questions, please contact the Latinx Graduation Committee.

Register now for the 6th Annual Black Graduation ceremony, to be held at 6:30pm EDT on Friday, May 28 (the same day as the Grad Studies graduation ceremony). Open to graduates from both 2020 and 2021. Register on CampusGroups.

April Biomedical Graduate Student Organization Meeting
'Only One': A Panel Discussion
Outdoor Film Screening: Hidden Figures
East Bell Commons
WISER Pastries and Professionals
Tink Suite 248
Say They Name in Black English
  CWRU Day of Remembrance
Pick up free luminary kits from Tink Sparta Center 5/3-5/7
Springfest Livestream Concerts

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Outside Adlebert Hall June 2020 (Quad side)