May 2022 Newsletter

PhD Graduates Leave Tomlinson Hall on Commencement Day 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Congratulations to all our graduates! At the first in-person Commencement ceremony in nearly three years, over four hundred graduates were recognized on Sunday, May 15 to join nearly one thousand Master's and doctoral students who earned their degrees in August 2021, January 2022, and May 2022! May your next journeys continue to be amazing!

Get Your Diploma

For those who did not attend Commencement, diplomas are available in the Graduate Studies office (Tomlinson 203) during normal business hours. You may pick up your diploma or email to designate someone to retrieve it on your behalf; photo ID is required for anyone picking up diplomas. All academic and financial obligations must be resolved for diplomas to be released.

Any diplomas remaining as of Friday, June 3 at 3:00pm EDT will be mailed to your Diploma Mailing Address on file with the University. Please review your address in SIS, update if needed, or contact This mailing is at no cost to you.

So please make arrangements to get your diploma as soon as possible - you earned it, you deserve it!

Three Masters Students Holding Diplomas at Commencement 2019

Coverage of Commencement

Later this summer video of both our diploma ceremony and the morning Convocation 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.

Summer 2022 Graduation

Are you almost ready to graduate? The deadline to apply to graduate this summer is Friday, June 10. You can find graduation information with detailed requirements hereAll final materials are due July 8 and degrees will be awarded on August 19. Students who graduate in August will be invited to return for Commencement in May 2023.

Please note: If you applied to graduate in spring 2022 but did not complete all requirements you must apply again this semester.

Student reading eBook lying on grass in Quad, summer time

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 10. 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

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 with any questions.

Student taking notes by hand in class

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. (Please note: courses in the College of Arts & Sciences are not eligible as a fellowship course in the summer.)

Campus Community

Juneteenth: University Holiday

President Kaler announced this spring that Juneteenth will be a permanent CWRU holiday. This year, the University and our office will be closed in observance on Monday, June 20.

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. Read more about Juneteenth and how CWRU and our greater community will be marking the anniversary (events to be updated).

Summer Schedule

In addition to the aforementioned Juneteenth, between now and the start of the fall semester, CWRU will be closed in observance of two other University holidays: Memorial Day on Monday, May 30 and American Independence Day on Monday, July 4.

Also 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.

Banner of American Flag by Adelbert Hall

It's On CWRU Summer Workshops

The second Wednesday of both June and July, you're invited to It’s On CWRU summer workshops to discuss and learn about consent, healthy relationships, gender equity, and bystander intervention.

Schubert Center Grad Research Associate

The Schubert Center for Child Studies is hiring a graduate student research associate for remote work in the summer and fall to assist evaluating Cleveland area K-12 after-school youth development programs with the possibility of publication opportunities.

Fellowship Funding

Grad students can apply for the ThinkImpact Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship program for a hands-on opportunity to closely examine societal or environmental issues. Applications are ongoing.

Grad students can also apply for the Freedman Student Fellows program to fund well-defined research projects that involve the application of digital tools and methods to scholarly or pedagogical problems. Applications are due by Wednesday, June 1.

Main Quad Renovations

Heads up! Renovations and improvements on the Main Case Quad have begun and will continue all summer. This will impact how you access certain buildings. Currently our office in Tomlinson Hall has unimpeded access but closures may change as the project progresses. Look for updates.

Students exercising on treadmills

One to One Summer Fitness Plans

For any interested students, One to One Fitness Center offers summer rates for their facilities and programs. Any grad student who was enrolled in their fitness plan this spring semester will receive summer membership through August at no additional charge.

Bike Safety Tips

Bicycles are a great way to get around University Circle in the summer months so please review these safety tips to ensure a successful and pleasant ride.

Fun Things to Do Around Cleveland

Summer in Northeast Ohio means opportunities for fun and adventure! Check out a list of events and activities from This is Cleveland, this Bucket List from International Student Services, and the many museums and attractions you can visit free with your student ID! Access Services also offers discounted tickets for select cinemas, live theater, and other events. Discover Cleveland!

Steggie the Stegosaurus at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Wade Oval Wednesdays are Back!

Every Wednesday evening from June 15 through August 17, University Circle will host free concerts in Wade Oval. Enjoy family-friendly activities, music, vendors, food trucks, and more!

Where to Live as a Grad Student

Are you moving this summer or looking for a new place before classes resume in the fall? Check out this helpful housing guide from the Office of Graduate Student Life or the Living in Cleveland page on the Postdoctoral Affairs website for info on where to live around University Circle and the surrounding communities.

Graduate Awards Ceremony

The 18th annual Graduate Awards Ceremony was held in-person again last month with 150 awards given to students from all across the University! Check back next much for full coverage including video, photos, and slides!

Awards from the 2017 Graduate Student Award Ceremony

Sweet Kiddles Child Care Resources

Graduate and professional students can enroll their children at any Sweet Kiddles location and CWRU will pay the $125 membership fee and up to $1,000 of child care. The closest location to campus is within the recently built Centric Apartments complex adjacent to Uptown and the Cleveland Institute of Art (1999 Circle Dr., Suite A). See our website for more information.

Additionally, students and postdocs can still schedule appointments for 3 hours of drop-in child care at One-to-One Fitness or Next Level Fitness (space limited). Review additional child care resources from the University.

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Metal Art on Main Quad May 2022