June 2024 Newsletter

Masters' & PhD Graduates at Commencement 2024

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

Congratulations to all our graduates! Nearly four hundred graduates were recognized on Friday, May 17 to join nearly one thousand Master's and doctoral students who earned their degrees in August 2023, January 2024, and May 2024! May your next journeys continue to be amazing!

Coverage of Commencement

Later this summer, videos of both our diploma ceremony and Convocation (held on Wednesday, May 15) will be posted to the University's YouTube channel. If you got your picture taken by the professional photographers during Commencement, GradImages will be reaching out to you in the coming weeks.


Register for Summer and Fall Classes!

If you haven't yet, register now for Summer and Fall through SIS! Be sure to talk with your advisor and check SIS for any holds that may prevent registration.

Student reading eBook lying on grass in Quad, summer time

Summer 2024 Graduation

Are you almost ready to graduate? The deadline to apply to graduate this summer is Friday, June 7. You can find graduation information with detailed requirements hereAll final materials are due July 19 and degrees will be awarded on August 16. Students who graduate in August will be invited to return for Commencement in May 2025.

Please note: If you applied to graduate in spring 2024 but did not complete all requirements you must apply again this semester.

Summer Waiver of Registration

Missed last semester's deadline to apply to graduate? If you've completed all graduation requirements, but did not meet the spring graduation deadline, you may be eligible to waive class registration for summer. 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 electronically signed by International Student Services (ISS).

The waiver of registration deadline is Friday, June 7. Once completed and signed please email the form along with all your other final graduation materials to your program coordinator in SGS directly or to gradstudies@case.edu.

Summer Course Withdrawal

If you are enrolled in a course this summer and need to withdraw, review the Summer 2024 Enrollment Dates + Deadlines page (scroll down to the Grad section) to confirm the last possible day to do so. For most classes, a withdrawal is to be done in SIS. See the University Registrar's page on class registration (start at #20) for instructions.

When you drop the individual course, you will receive a grade of W on your transcript and you will receive a 0% tuition refund. If you have more questions or are unsure whether you should drop the individual course, speak to your professor and/or advisor before making the decision to withdraw.

Students participating in class over Zoom

Changes to Tech Access After Graduating

Make sure to review changes to your access of University technologies after graduation so you can make plans now to ensure your work will be still available. For 180 days after the date of degree conferral, graduating students will retain access to Google Workspace (Gmail, drives, etc), Microsoft 365, Qualtrics, and GitHub. Access to Adobe products will expire on July 1. Access to CWRU's Zoom (including recordings and whiteboards) ended immediately upon graduation.

Summer English Skills Tutoring

Are you looking to improve your fluency in English? Spoken English Language Programs tutoring sessions are available this summer. Graduate students can make appointments online through TutorTrac. You can also contact Eric Moore with questions.

University Holidays: Juneteenth & July 4th

Our office and CWRU will be closed in observance of Juneteenth on Wednesday, June 19 and for United States Independence Day on both Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. Campus closure will impact access to certain buildings, libraries, dining, and possibly shuttle schedules.

Banner of American Flag by Adelbert Hall

Summer Take Two Fridays

As in past years as part of CWRU Take Two, every Friday in June and July the University will close at 3:00pm EDT including our office in Tomlinson Hall and any staff working remotely. Please plan accordingly.

Campus Community

Grad Life Assistant Needed

Want to work in our office suite? The Office of Graduate Student Life and our Grad Studies Professional Development Center are looking for a graduate assistant to partner in the development of the graduate student community and development of programs to enhance the student experience.

Spoken English Test Administrator

The Spoken English Language Programs (SELP) in Grad Studies is looking to hire doctoral students to be test administrators beginning in July 2024 and continuing into the fall semester. Training will be given to selected student assistants. Contact SELP director Eric Moore with any questions.

Student taking notes by hand in class

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 to provide an introduction to pedagogical skills for future faculty. The seminar meets on Tuesdays in June and July; enrollment is limited to 15 students. Register for UNIV 401 in SIS and email univ401@case.edu with any questions.

Broaden Your Horizons with Fellowship Courses

Right now is a great time to consider trying something new by taking an additional course for FREE. Fellowship Courses are a great way to expand your academic portfolio and/or something to study outside your degree program that you really enjoy.

If you are a Graduate Studies degree-seeking student in good standing, you can apply to take a Fellowship Course for no tuition cost. Check out our Fellowship Tuition Policy and the form to submit here. (Please note: Courses in the College of Arts & Sciences are not eligible to be taken as Fellowship Courses in the summer.)

Celebrating Vice Provost Rozek!

Photograph of Chuck Rozek

After more than 40 years of leadership and service at Case Western Reserve University, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Charles Rozek is taking a much earned retirement beginning at the end of June leaving a lasting impact on the CWRU community. For two decades Chuck lead Grad Studies including founding our our annual student award ceremony, leading our Commencement diploma ceremonies, facilitating the creation of a professional development center, expanding opportunities for students, and much more. We wish Dean Rozek the best on his next chapter!

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Rainbow over main Case Quad after Commencement 2019