May 2020 Newsletter

Podium at Grad Awards

Celebrating our Students!

Virtual Graduate Awards Ceremony

To honor our students, the School of Graduate Studies will still hold our annual Graduate Awards Ceremony - but this year as a virtual celebration you can stream from the comfort of your home anywhere in the world!

All are invited to visit Channel S1 on the University's Livestream site at 7:00pm EDT (11:00pm GMT) on Thursday, May 14. The presentation will also be available for viewing afterward on Youtube.

Please join us in cheering on our amazing students!

Virtual Commencement

Please join us for a virtual Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17. Video presentations will include Convocation with addresses by President Barbara R. Snyder and guest speaker William F. Baker and the official conferral of degrees. There will also be a video for each school's diploma ceremony including the School of Graduate Studies with remarks from Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Academic & Faculty Affairs, Charles Rozek. Finally, graduates' names will be read during the virtual ceremony and each individual slide can be downloaded.

Check the Commencement page starting at 9:00am EDT (1:00pm GMT) on May 17 to celebrate the achievements of our students! Until then, you can participate on social media with a few fun items and use #CWRUGrad2020 on your posts!

PhD Graduates lined up on Main Quad before Commencement Convocation 2017


Register for Summer and Fall classes!

If you haven't yet, register now for Summer and Fall through SIS! Summer classes will continue to be conducted via distance learning.  Be sure to talk with your advisor and check SIS for any holds that may prevent registration.

Summer 2020 Graduation

Are you almost ready to graduate? If you intend to finish your program this summer, you must apply for graduation in SIS by June 5. All final materials will be due July 24 and degrees will be awarded on August 14. Students who graduate in August will be invited to return for Commencement in May 2021.

Student reading eBook lying on grass in Quad, summer time

Waiver of Registration

Make sure you note the deadline of June 19 for the Waiver of Registration for Summer 2020 graduates. Any student interested in qualifying for the Waiver must complete the online application for Summer 2020 graduation in SIS, and submit electronically the waiver form to Graduate Studies along with all other final graduation materials by June 19. The form, graduation materials, and instructions can be found in the Graduation section of the SGS website.

Payment Plans in SIS

You now have the option to enroll in payment plans in SIS. Read more about the platform changes.

Open Science Framework (OSF)

To help ensure you have access to everything you need to continue doing research collaboration during social distancing, you can create an account with the Open Science Framework (OSF) for data storage of all of your team's digital materials.

Broaden Your Horizons with a Fellowship Course

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 while studying something you really enjoy.

If you have an approved PPOS and are registered for the minimum number of credit hours, you can apply to take a Fellowship course for no cost. Check out our Fellowship Tuition Policy and the form to submit here

Campus Community

Awarding Graduate Students

In addition to our own Graduate Award Ceremony (Thursday, May 14 at 7:00pm), several graduate students are recipients of additional awards at the University.

Share Your Remote Learning Experiences

The Office of the Provost wants to know your opinions on the distance learning measures undertaken this spring. What worked? What didn’t? Please share your experiences by taking this survey.

Also, the Kelvin Smith Library is looking to document your record of living through this defining point in history and also in our lives on campus, the challenges and the accomplishments of how we've adapted this semester. Please consider sharing if you're willing and interested.

Student Using a Laptop

New Opportunities to Speak with Counselors

Support Space is a new informal opportunity for students to speak with a counselor in a virtual environment for a 15-minute confidential consultation.

This is an additional option for students to connect. All regular services from University Health and Counseling Services are still available including over summer months for continuing students.

    You Count! 2020 Census

    Have you completed your 2020 Census yet? If you're wondering where to list your residence during this time of distance learning, students are directed to put down where you normally would have been living on April 1 had nothing out of the ordinary happened this year. Visit the Census website for more details. Your community counts on you, so be counted.

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