November 2019 Newsletter

Autumn leaves blowing on the Case Quad

Thankful for the Colors of Fall.


The deadline to submit Graduation materials is December 6!

If you have applied to graduate for Fall 2019, you must submit your final materials to our office by 5:00pm on Friday, December 6. Degrees will be conferred (awarded) on January 17, 2020 and diplomas will be available for pickup at the Graduate Studies office beginning that day.

As there is no Fall semester Commencement ceremony, January graduates will be invited to participate at Commencement in May 2020. Watch for details in the first few months of the new year. 

End of the Semester

The last day of classes this semester is December 6. However, final exams take place from December 10 to 18; check the Final Exam Schedule here to see when your exam will take place. Double check any dates with professors or your department before planning winter break travel in order to ensure you are present when required.

Leave of Absence (LOA) requests

Unsure if you'll be able to continue your studies in the spring semester? A leave of absence may be requested for up to two academic semesters if circumstances arise which make you unable to maintain your registration. Find the Graduate Studies Leave of Absence policy here. A written request must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies office; find the PDF form here. Check with your advisor if you are considering an LOA.

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Register now for Spring 2020 classes

Registration is open in SIS for Spring 2020 courses. You won't be able to register if you have a hold on your account in SIS; click below to find out how to remove it. 

  • Advising Hold: Automatically placed onto your account twice per year and must be removed by your advisor before you can register for courses.
  • Past Due Balance Hold: Placed by Student Financial Services, these holds can affect registration, ordering transcripts or receiving your diploma. Login to SIS to pay your balance.
  • Financial Preregistration Hold: Placed by Student Financial Services. Simply click on the Hold link in SIS and walk through the steps to remove it.
  • Planned Program of Study (PPOS) Hold:  Students who have not submitted a PPOS in SIS by the end of their second semester (or earlier for some Masters programs) may have a registration hold placed on their records. Once submitted, your advisor must review and approve the PPOS in SIS. The hold will then be processed and removed overnight. 
  • Missing Transcripts / Test Scores / Recommendations: A registration hold placed by Graduate Studies Admissions if you have missing documents that need to be submitted. Login to the online application system here to view what is missing. For specific questions, email

Campus Community

Save the date: GSC Holiday Party

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 5! In lieu of their usual monthly happy hour, the Graduate Student Council is holding a Holly Jolly Holiday Party in Tink Ballroom from 7:00 to 10:00pm! Throw on an ugly sweater and join your fellow graduate students for cookie decorating, holiday-themed karaoke, and more fun!

Partnership with Academic Impressions

The University has begun a partnership with Academic Impressions to provide everyone in the CWRU community with free access to training, tools and resources for personal and leadership development.

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Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition

The third annual Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition invites startup groups with at least one current CWRU student or recent alum to submit pitch decks by November 22. New this year, finalists will be enrolled in a free seven-week mentorship program.

    Thanksgiving Break

    Our offices in Tomlinson and the rest of the University will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving. Some campus facilities and services will have changed or reduced hours starting the Wednesday before and continuing through the Sunday after the holiday; please consult their websites for more information and plan accordingly.

    Whether you're traveling or staying here in Cleveland we wish you a happy and fun Thanksgiving!

    Upcoming Events

    Banner of Events Listed in November 2019 Newsletter

    Thursday, November 21- MaDaCol Fall Concert. Mather Dance Collective's end of semester modern dance performance including works of 2nd year grad students. 8-9pm at Mather Dance Hall. Additional performances Friday and Saturday.

    Friday, November 22- Surviving Holiday Dinners & Break. LGBTQA+ community workshop & potluck. 3 to 5pm at Mandel Center Lounge.

    Friday, November 22- International Club Thanksgiving Dinner. 6 to 8pm in Thwing 201.

    Saturday, November 23- Self-Defense Workshops. 1:30 to 5:00 at Next Level Fitness Studio.

    Wednesday, December 4- Wellness Wednesday: Staying Healthy During Finals. 12 to 1pm at Sears 409.

    Wednesday, December 4- Diversity 360: Standalone Session. 1:30 to 4:30pm at Adelbert Hall Toepfer Room.

    Thursday, December 5- GSC Holly Jolly Holiday Party. 7 to 10pm in Tink Ballroom.

    Thursday, December 5- KSL Game Night: Trivia Edition. 7 to 9pm at KSL 215.

    Friday, December 6- Uptown Winterfest. 5 to 10pm at Toby's Plaza.

    Sunday, December 8- Holiday Circlefest. 1 to 7pm all over University Circle.

    Monday, December 9- KSL Wellness Break. Relax & recharge as the semester ends. 11:30 to 1pm at KSL Dampeer Room.

    Monday, December 10- KSL Wellness Break. Relax & recharge as the semester ends. 3 to 4pm at KSL Dampeer Room.

    Saturday, December 14- Doc Opera 2019: The Wizard of Gauze. The School of Medicine's annual musical variety show. 6 to 11pm at John Hay High School (one block west of campus).

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