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Mandel School Diploma Ceremony

Friday, May 17, 2024 | 10 a.m.

Maltz Performing Arts Center | Silver Hall

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

Diploma Ceremony Speaker

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The Mandel School is pleased to announce Hannah Griswold (MNO ‘93) as its 2024 diploma ceremony speaker.

A strategic development consultant with over 20 years of experience in fundraising and brand creation, Griswold founded the New York Public Library’s Young Lions and made it her unlikely mission that of transforming scenesters into philanthropists.

In 1999, she wrangled Ethan Hawke to help turn the library into a center of literary life for New Yorkers in their twenties and thirties. In 2001, she was hired as a consultant to Carnegie Hall where she reengineered the institution’s young donors program—featuring "members-only" nights with Lou Reed and RZA—boosting membership by nearly a third. Griswold also co-founded the Studio Circle Donor Program to raise money for young dancers who need scholarship funds to attend the School of American Ballet.

Questions? Visit the CWRU commencement website or email