2021 Commencement

Dean Gilmore giving commencement speech at podium

Saturday, May 29 | 12:30 p.m.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is excited to celebrate the achievements of this year's graduates!

The ceremony will take place on Freiberger Field and be live-streamed (view the closed captioning link here) in real time for family and friends to watch in real time. Public health considerations require that we limit attendance only to graduates and select faculty and staff assisting with the ceremonies. We recognize that limiting attendance to graduates is disappointing to families and friends, and regret that COVID-19 prevention and safety protocols require it.

A pre-recorded virtual convocation ceremony will be released for viewing on May 30. The 2021 virtual convocation ceremony will include messages from Interim President Scott Cowen, reflections from convocation speaker Marc H. Morial, and Alumni Association President Aishwarya Arjunan (CWR '10), along with the presentation of Honorary Degrees, and the official degree conferrals by the Interim President and Deans.

You will be able to access a rebroadcast of the Mandel School's diploma ceremony, including all MarchingOrder slides and virtual recognitions, for on-demand viewing beginning on June 14. Once available, the recordings will be posted under the Mandel School's section of the above-linked website.

Register for commencement

Commencement registration is now closed.

Order academic regalia

A Master's cap, hood and gown is required for all graduates attending the on-campus ceremony. Master's regalia is different than the undergraduate regalia. If a registered student shows up to commencement without the correct regalia, they will not be able to participate in the ceremony. Watch this video to see what the Master's academic regalia looks like. The hood color for both Mandel School degrees is Citron.

Female students in cap and gown taking a selfie

Who can participate in commencement?

  • Students who are graduating in May 2021
  • Students who graduated in August 2020 or January 2021 and haven't already attended commencement
  • Students who will graduate in August 2021 or January 2022, are within 6 credits of completing their program, and are in good academic standing

If you have questions, please contact msassgraduation@case.edu.

2021 CWRU Commencement Updates


Celebrate commencement 

Yard signs, Facebook frames, GIFs, Instagram stickers and more

As the Class of 2021 looks ahead to this year’s commencement celebrations, they can mark their accomplishments with a package of digital content to use and share online.

No matter if you’re celebrating on campus with your classmates, at home with your family or hosting a virtual gathering, this digital content can help add a festive boost to your special day.

Graduates are encouraged to use the hashtag #CWRUGrad2021 on social media—be sure to tag CWRU and the Mandel School on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so we can share your celebratory posts!

Download the digital content

Virtual photo booth

The CWRU virtual photo booth is a free resource that all grads, families and friends can access. There are a wide variety of campus images to choose from—something for everyone. Simply upload a photo of yourself, choose the campus background you like best, and then save your image! Don't forget to share your photos on social media with the hashtag #CWRUGrad2021!

Check out the virtual photo booth

Professional photos 

Professional photos will be available for purchase after the ceremony via GradImages.


Commencement COVID-19 protocol

This information is current as of May 10, but we encourage you to continue checking the commencement website in the coming weeks.

  • Vaccination is strongly encouraged for all students attending graduation
  • Masks are required for everyone attending the ceremony, regardless of vaccination status
  • Masks must be worn during hooding
  • Students may remove their masks temporarily for social distance pictures as they cross the stage

For students already in Cleveland

Testing: Testing is recommended approximately 3-5 days prior to graduation ceremony. Students should continue to be surveillance tested without charge at the Veale Recreation Center location during regular testing hours. Information about the testing process can be found here.

Symptoms, Exposures or a Positive Test: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, an exposure to someone with COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19, please do not come to campus. Please isolate away from others and contact Health Services at 216.368.2450. You will receive immediate medical advice, and a provider will call you within 24 hours with additional guidance.

For students arriving from outside of Cleveland

Quarantine: Quarantine for those arriving from domestic locations will not be required for students who are planning to come to campus to attend the graduation ceremony. Per current CDC guidelines, a 7-day quarantine after arrival from an international location is required. If you are arriving from an international location, please email cwruisoq@case.edu for additional details. We do require that students arriving from out-of-state not visit or stay in the residence halls.

Testing: Testing is recommended approximately 3-5 days prior to the graduation ceremony. Any student is welcome to be tested without charge at the Veale Recreation Center location during regular testing hours. Information about the testing process can be found here.

Symptoms, Exposures or a Positive Test: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, an exposure to someone with COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19 before you are to travel to Cleveland, please contact Health Services at 216.368.2450 during business hours for advice before leaving for your trip. If you develop symptoms, or learn of an exposure of a positive test when you are already in Cleveland, please do not come to campus. Please isolate away from others and contact Health Services at 216.368.2450. You will receive immediate medical advice, and a provider will call you within 24 hours with additional guidance.


May 2021 Graduate Exit Survey

Do you have job news to share or ideas on how to improve the Mandel School experience for future students? We want to hear from you! Take the Graduate Exit Survey and make your voice heard. Feedback from students in recent years led to the following changes and offerings:

  • Revised academic advising process
  • School-sponsored Licensure Exam Prep course
  • Financial seminars (e.g., how to reduce student loan debt)
  • Increased support for writing assistance and tutoring

An invite to the survey has also been sent to your CWRU email. Contact Karen Ishler or Zoë Breen Wood in the Office of Educational Outcome Assessment with any questions.

Take the Graduate Exit Survey