June 2020 Newsletter

Outside Adlebert Hall June 2020 (Quad side)

A Quiet Campus this Summer

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Though we sadly could not join you in person, we cheered on all of our recent graduates at virtual Commencement last month. It has been our pleasure to work with each of you over the years from application to graduation. We wish you the best of luck on the next steps of your journey.

You can watch the virtual ceremony here including the presentation of diplomas as well as addresses from the Convocation speaker William F. Baker (a triple alum of CWRU) and Charles Rozek, Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Academic & Faculty Affairs. Individual slides for each student can also be downloaded.

Three Masters Students Holding Diplomas at Commencement 2019


Summer Graduates: Waiver of Registration, Submit Final Materials

The 2020 Commencement ceremony may be done but we're already looking toward the next graduation! If you have already applied for August graduation in SIS and are not registered for classes this summer semester, you must electronically submit the Waiver of Registration Form to Graduate Studies and electronically submit all graduation materials by Friday, June 19th. See the Waiver of Registration policy here. The form, graduation materials, and instructions can be found in the Graduation section of the SGS website. 

If you do not need the Waiver of Registration and are enrolled in courses over the summer semester, the deadline to electronically submit all Final Materials for Summer 2020 graduation is July 24th. Submission of Final Materials includes uploading your approved Electronic Thesis or Dissertation to OhioLINK. Be sure to submit your ETD to Graduate Studies for the required format check in plenty of time to meet this deadline. See the online instructions for details.

Student reading eBook lying on grass in Quad, summer time

Calendar Changes to Fall Semester

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several changes have been made to the fall 2020 semester calendar. These changes affect most graduate programs but confirm with your advisor and department.

  • September 7 Labor Day: no University holiday, classes will be held as a normal Monday
  • October  19 - 20: no fall break, classes will be held as normal Monday and Tuesday
  • November 20: last day of in-person classes; remote learning will continue after the break
  • November 23 - 25: no classes will be held
  • November 26 - 27: Thanksgiving: University holiday, no classes will be held
  • November 30 - December 4: final week of class instruction will be held as remote learning
  • December 8 - 16: final exams will be held remotely

See the Dates & Deadlines page on our website for the full calendar.

Diplomas for May Graduates

Understandably, no student received a physical diploma at last month's virtual Commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed out this summer. More details will be coming soon but for now you can review the University's FAQ. If you need documentation earlier, an official certified electronic copy of your diploma can be requested and the fee is waived for May 2020 graduates.

Summer English Skills Tutoring

Do you feel like your English skills could use a little polishing before the Fall semester? During June and July, you can participate in free online tutoring in fluency skills; culture and conversation; life and conversation; and better pronunciation. To register and get the Zoom link, email Elise Geither.

Spoken English Tutoring sessions will be available beginning July 1st and appointments can be made online through TutorTrac.

Student Using a Laptop


To increase online security, all new or updated passwords for your CWRU net ID will be required to be in the form of a passphrase - a multi-word string. Review the details and requirements.

Campus Community

Congratulations to our Graduate Awards Winners!

Again, we wish to congratulate all the recipients at the virtual Graduate Student Awards Ceremony held last month. You can watch the ceremony on YouTube as well as download individual slides for each award.

More than 70 students were honored with awards from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the School of Graduate Studies, presented by faculty from each school.

Awards from the 2017 Graduate Student Award Ceremony

John S. Diekhoff Awards for Faculty

Also at the May 14th virtual Awards Ceremony, the Graduate Student Council presented this year's faculty winners of the prestigious John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring which were then awarded during the School of Graduate Studies diploma ceremony the following Sunday as part of Commencement.

Read about the amazing achievements of each winner and why the graduate student body nominated them for the prestigious awards.

Parking Permits on Campus

If you have an existing parking permit and you want to renew your pass for the same lot you have had this past academic year, the deadline is 4:00pm on Friday, June 19th. New passes (including those switching to a different lot) will go on sale first-come first-serve starting at 12:01am on Tuesday, June 23rd.

Necessities and Groceries

To help ensure availability of necessary items for students on and around campus and with the recent closure of Constantino's Market in Uptown, Bon Appétit has opened a small convenience store within Dunkin’ Donuts and next to the Bookstore, also in Uptown. Additionally there is a new campus shuttle running to Dave’s Market at Cedar-Fairmount on Top of the Hill. See more details and hours of the services.

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Trees in bloom on Main Case Quad in front of Adelbert Hall