June 2021 Newsletter

Grad Studies graduates arriving at Commencement 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Regardless how wet the day was, the Graduate Studies staff was excited to watch our graduates walk the stage at Commencement on Friday, May 28. We also cheered on all the graduates who didn't attend in-person at the virtual ceremony. It has been our pleasure to work with each of you over the years from admission to graduation. We wish you the best of luck on the next steps of your journey.

Individual slides for each graduate can be downloaded from the virtual ceremony and you can also watch addresses from the Convocation speaker, Charles Rozek, Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Academic & Faculty Affairs, and others. Video from the in-person ceremonies will be available soon to rewatch.

If you got your picture taken by the professional photographers during Commencement, reach out to GradImages if you haven't already been contacted.

"Wear a Mask" sign on Main Case Quad

Updates to Campus COVID-19 Protocols

Beginning Thursday, July 1 a revised health safety policy will be in effect so please review and read closely. Additional updates to policies may be implemented once the University has verification that at least 80% of the campus population have been fully vaccinated.

If you have received a full dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, please upload a photo of your vaccination card to the University if you haven't done so already. Weekly prizes are being offered for those who have uploaded their documentation. See here for instructions. At this time health safety measures including masking and social distancing remain in effect.


Summer Graduates: Submit Graduation Material

The 2021 Commencement ceremony may be done but we're already looking toward the next graduation! For any student who applied to graduate this term and did not submit a Waiver of Registration, the deadline to submit all Final Materials for Summer 2021 graduation is Friday, July 9. 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

Freedman Student Fellowships

Grad students in the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, or Weatherhead can apply for a Freedman Student Fellowship to support the completion of targeted digital projects. Applications are due Sunday, June 20.

Summer English Skills Tutoring

Are you looking to improve your fluency in English? Register for our Summer Spoken English Seminar "Fast and Fluent English" on Friday, June 18 and Friday, June 25 at 2:00pm EDT! Contact Elise Geither to register or to arrange a additional sessions if you're in a different time zone.

Spoken English Tutoring sessions will also be available this summer and appointments can be made online through TutorTrac.

CWRU Take Two

As in past years, every Friday this summer the University will close at 3:00pm EDT including our office in Tomlinson Hall. Please plan accordingly.

Clocktower at Biomedical Research Building (BRB)

Campus Community

Congratulations to our Graduate Awards Winners!

Again, we wish to congratulate all the recipients at the virtual Graduate Student Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday, June 9. You can watch the ceremony on YouTube as well as download individual slides for each award and shared from our Facebook page.

Nearly 100 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.

John S. Diekhoff Awards for Faculty

Also at the June 9 virtual Awards Ceremony, the student-run selection committee presented this year's faculty winners of the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Read about the amazing achievements of each winner and why the graduate student body nominated them for the prestigious awards!

See also all the faculty whom student felt deserved a nomination this year.

Awards from the 2017 Graduate Student Award Ceremony

    Additional Awards for Grad Students

    In addition to our own Graduate Award Ceremony earlier this month, several graduate students are recipients of other recent awards at the University.

    Juneteenth & Independence Day

    The University and our office will be closed on Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth and on Monday, July 5 in observance of American Independence Day.

    Juneteenth is held annually on June 19 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1865 proclamation freeing all slaves in the state of Texas during the aftermath of the American Civil War. Today it is a reminder to reflect upon our nation's past as well as our present and future and what we can do to ensure equality and justice for all. See the calendar of events happening at the University and in our greater community celebrating Juneteenth.

    Parking Permits on Campus

    Student parking permits for the fall semester are now available for purchase either online or in-person at Access Services in the basement of Crawford. Each lot is first-come first-serve and some may be filling up so please get your permit as soon as possible.

    Student presenting data research model on a screen

    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.

    Please be aware of updates in the travel policy beginning July 1 as some health safety restrictions are relaxed. We will review our own policy for these travel awards as information is released.

    Vaccination Discounts on Campus!

    The week of June 14-18, you can get 10% off your meal at many places on campus if you show proof of vaccination (the actual card or a photograph) along with your CWRU ID! This offer excludes Dunkin Donuts at the Book Store but does include Plum Market in Uptown.

    Daycare Available at 121

    If you're a parent in need of daytime childcare during weekdays this summer, schedule appointments with One-to-One Fitness Center on campus with a sliding payrate based on your income.

    Students exercising on treadmills

    Changes in Bus Routes

    If you use public transit to get to and from campus or around Cleveland, please familiarize yourself with system-wide changes to RTA routes and how they affect bussing in University Circle.

    Also with the end of the spring semester many of the shuttle routes through campus and Greater University Circle have been modified. Please make note of the changes for summer so you aren't stuck waiting for a bus!

    Upcoming Events

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

    See the calendar for Juneteenth events happening at CWRU and around Cleveland.

    • Cleveland Public Library Juneteenth Events: June 12-18
    • African American Museum Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration Festival: June 18 & 19
    • Sevynteenth Foundation Juneteenth “Party With A Purpose”: June 18
    • Juneteenth in Glenville: June 18
    • Caledonia Community Cultural Arts Juneteenth Celebration: June 19
    • Juneteenth Freedom Rides Bicycle Tour Around University Circle: June 19
    • The World on Stage at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens: June 19
    • UnBAR Cafe Juneteenth Block Party & Vendor Fair: June 19
    • #JuneteenthOnBuckeye: June 19
    • Downtown Juneteenth Freedom Fest: June 19
    • Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park Field Day: June 19
    • Land Before Rhyme - Juneteenth Show: June 19

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    Photoshop of Fireworks Over the Main Quad July 2019