August 2021 Newsletter

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Congrats to Summer Graduates! 

You did it! Degrees for students who completed their work during the summer semester were awarded on Friday, August 13. Look for emails after the New Year inviting you to attend Commencement in May 2022.

Diplomas for August 2021 Graduates

Summer graduates, look for an email sent on August 13 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!

Three Masters Students Holding Diplomas at Commencement 2019

Waiver of Registration

Missed last semester's deadline to apply to graduate? If you've completed all graduation requirements, but did not meet the summer graduation deadline, you may be eligible to waive class registration for fall. Here's how: 

  • Submit all final materials for your degree as listed here, including the Waiver of Registration form (included in the downloadable file).
  • International students must have the waiver of registration signed by International Student Services (ISS).

The waiver of registration deadline is Friday, September 3, Once completed and signed please email the form to

Waiver for Medical and 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 drop/add period on Friday, September 3 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 also waive this plan by September 3. 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 if you intend to waive these plans for the Fall 2021 semester.

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

Students exercising on treadmills

Register for Fall 2021 Classes

Registration is still open in SIS for Fall 2021 courses. A late registration fee of $25 will be charged beginning Tuesday, August 24 but you have until the end of the Add/Drop period on Friday, September 3 to make any changes to your course schedule. You won't be able to register if you have a hold on your account in SIS; check our July newsletter to find out how to remove holds.

    Eduroam Wireless Access Away from CWRU

    With the opportunity for travel returning and some still learning remotely, many of us may be off campus at times when studying and doing research. Everyone at CWRU can use their NetID to log into eduroam networks at participating institutions to obtain secure, wireless internet access. The eduroam network is also available for visiting students, staff, and other researchers on the CWRU campus who can't use CaseWireless.

    See more on how to set-up and where to use eduroam.

      Considering a Career in Teaching?

      Graduate Students who will serve as teaching assistants (TA) for Fall 2021 courses are required to participate in TA Training. Students can register for UNIV 400 in SIS. Online training in Canvas and the required online synchronous trainings are also available. International students who are required to take the SET test (English assessment) should schedule an appointment as soon as possible with Elise Geither. If you have questions, please contact

      "Wear a Mask" sign on Main Case Quad

      COVID-19 Updates

      Required Three Weeks of Testing

      All students (regardless of vaccination status) as well as faculty and staff are required to participate in three weeks of baseline COVID-19 entry testing at the beginning of the fall semester. Several testing sites have been set up across all parts of campus with hours morning and afternoon. All appointments are walk in but you need to have not eaten or drank anything in the prior thirty minutes. You must have completed all three weeks by Friday, September 10.

      Mask Requirement

      Due to the rising number of cases in Cuyahoga County and across the country, masks are again required by everyone (regardless of vaccination status) when inside University buildings and not alone.

      PPE Kits for Students

      Every student on campus will be given a personal protective equipment (PPE) kit at the beginning of the semester. For degree-seeking students, please see the dean's office for the school your department is part of (eg: Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, etc). Non-degree seeking students and postdocs should come to our office in Tomlinson 203 and ask for your kit.

      Vaccination Requirement

      As per the July 15 communication all students, faculty, and staff coming to campus must be vaccinated and submitted documentation to the University or formally requested an exception. If you need a vaccination dose you can schedule to receive yours for free from CWRU. See this FAQ for complete details.

      Student reading eBook lying on grass in Quad, summer time

      Campus Community

      GSC Welcome Back Party

      Join the CWRU Graduate Student Council for a Welcome Back Party at East Bell Commons (across from the Tink) on Wednesday, August 25 at 4:00pm! Meet your fellow grads students and learn about student groups across campus while enjoying some food, ice cream, and games! RSVP on CampusGroups to attend! GSC is also looking for volunteers to help.

      Online Spoken English Programs

      Members of the campus community are invited to join any of several weekly Spoken English Programs this fall to enhance and practice spoken English skills.

      • Better Pronunciation - Mondays at 2:00pm
      • Advanced Fluency - Wednesdays at 4:30pm
      • Culture and Conversation - Fridays at 2pm
      • Conversation Practice - Fridays at 3:00pm

      To participate in the seminars and get the Zoom info, contact Elise Geither at

      Gender Neutral Bathrooms

      Single stall, locking private bathrooms are helpful and important for many people, including trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals. See here for a list of Gender Neutral restrooms across campus.

      Screenshot of TransLoc CWRU Campus Shuttle Map

      Free Shuttles Around Greater University Circle

      Did you know you can get to most places on campus and the nearby neighborhoods via a fleet of free shuttles? This includes routes to the Health Education Campus (HEC), Coventry Village, Cedar-Fairmount, and even out to the shopping districts on Warrensville Center Road on Saturdays! Review routes and schedules 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).

      Useful Apps to Download

      From classwork and campus safety to neighborhood shuttles and local dining, review these suggestions from new student orientation leaders on useful apps to download to help your academic and social life at Case!

      Uptown Summer Series

      Upcoming Events

      Join the CWRU Film Society for a campus tradition on Sunday, August 22 at 8:00pm. Each fall semester the night before classes begin, the student-run movie theater screens the classic Casablanca in Strosacker Hall on the Main Quad free to the entire University and greater community.

      Film Society will continue to screen newer and classic movies on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the academic year.

      The campus community is invited to attend the Fall Convocation on Wednesday, August 25 at 4:45pm EDT in Severance Hall (in-person or by livestream) to kick off the new academic year with visiting Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and keynote speaker Tracy K. Smith.

      The Convocation ceremony is free to attend but in-person registration is required.

      Join the Center for International Affairs in welcoming new and returning international students to the University on Thursday, August 26 at 3:00pm on the Main Quad! RSVP on CampusGroups!

      The Cleveland Italian Film Festival returns with movies at 7:30pm each Thursday from August 26 to September 9, including screenings at the nearby Cedar Lee Theater.

      The University's Board of Trustees invites the campus community to a reception welcoming President Eric W. Kaler and Karen F. Kaler to CWRU on Friday, August 27 at 1:00pm in the Tink Ballroom. RSVP to attend.

      The beautiful Cleveland Cultural Gardens begin just north of our campus and each year host One World Day with performances, food, a parade of flags, and other activities! This year One World Day is on Sunday, August 29 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

      Labor Day Weekend is time for the Cleveland National Air Show! Even if you don't get tickets or go down to Burke Lakefront Airport, you'll see and hear the jets soaring over the city including University Circle - even in the days leading up to the weekend.

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      Blooming flowers outside Tomlinson Hall, April 2021