All graduates registered to participate in commencement should have received an email regarding important information needed to get your convocation tickets. If you registered to participate and did not receive an email, please contact Rick Jennings (<ahref=”mailto:rick.jennings@case.edu”>rick.jennings@case.edu).

The University Convocation is a ticketed event, and the university allots two tickets for each participating graduate. Learn more about University Convocation here.

Please note:

  • Tickets are not required for the Mandel School diploma ceremony immediately following the University Commencement at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.
  • The university does not issue the Mandel School any extra tickets for graduates.
  • Lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced.
  • The entire University Commencement will be broadcast live at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, which will open to all guests at 9am. Any guests who watch the University Convocation from this venue will already be where they need to be for the diploma ceremony.
  • Tickets can only be picked up by the student for whom they are intended. Your classmates, family or friends cannot pick up your tickets.

If you have any questions or concerns about receiving your tickets for Convocation, please contact the Mandel School Commencement team at msassgraduation@case.edu. For more details about Commencement, please check the University and Mandel School Commencement websites.

Dean Larry E. Davis, PhD, (School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh) will be the Mandel School’s 2018 Commencement speaker. During commencement, Dean Davis will be presented with the The Herman D. Stein Distinguished Social Work Educator Award given to those with significant and recognized contributions to social work education and the profession, as evidenced by scholarly pursuits, leadership and academic excellence.

Read more about Dean Davis here

Bachelor’s and master’s regalia will remain available for purchase at the bookstore until the end of April. The bookstore keeps regalia in stock, so you will leave with your regalia the day that you purchase it. Master’s regalia includes gown, cap, tassel and academic hood. Do not wait until commencement day to pick up your regalia. The academic procession to the Veale Convocation Center for convocation will begin before the bookstore opens.

Cords and Stoles: Graduates are permitted to wear cords, stoles, medals or pins that recognize academic achievement from special graduations (i.e. Black Graduation, Lavender Graduation, Multicultural Student Graduation, etc.).

Caps and Gowns: tassels should be on the left and should stay there (you moved it for your Bachelor’s – it should stay through your Master’s and PhD).

Hoods: You will put your hood on for the University Convocation ceremony. Your hood should be worn draped around your neck with the largest portion of the hood hanging down your back. The velvet border should be showing on the outside. The velvet should fold under on the lower back to allow the University colors to show. To keep your hood from being too tight against your neck, there is a cord on the front to help secure it to a shirt button, or pin to a blouse or dress. Master and Doctoral hoods also have a cord & button in the back to prevent your hood from slipping off of your shoulders.

What is the difference between “Convocation” and “Commencement”? At Case Western Reserve University, “commencement” refers to one special day each May that is comprised of one university-wide “convocation,” and several diploma ceremonies. No student diplomas are awarded at the convocation; rather, it serves as a traditional opening when all prospective graduates gather to have their degrees officially conferred by the president before being awarded their specific degrees at appropriate diploma ceremonies later that day.

Where is the Veale Convocation Center? Veale Convocation Center is located at 2138 Adelbert Road.  Please note that this is NOT the Tinkham Veale Center. Guests may park in lot P53.

What time does the Veale Convocation Center open? Veale opens at 8:00am. Your guests must arrive and be seated before 9:15am.

Do we go on stage? No. No diplomas are presented to students during convocation.

When is it over? Convocation usually lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes, it is expected to end at around 10:45am.

Where will my family and friends be? Aside from the two tickets that you have been given for Veale, your family and friends are invited to view the University Convocation at the Maltz Performing Arts Center (MPAC) where the MSASS Diploma is being held. There will be plenty of seating and free parking. Food and beverages are NOT permitted in the MPAC guest areas.

How do we get to the Maltz Performing Arts Center? After Convocation ends, you will march with your fellow graduates, led by faculty marshals to MPAC. You will be assisted by a crossing guard at Euclid ave.

Where is MPAC? Maltz Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is located at 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland, OH 44106. However, if you’re using Google Maps, search for “Maltz Performing Arts Center” as this will put you at our precise location. (Entering the MPAC street address puts you slightly down the road from where you need to be).

Where can my guests park? Please approach MPAC parking lots from Chester/E.101st Streets for efficient and trouble-free lot access.  The approach from E.105th /Ansel Dr. is reserved for ADA and shuttles only.

When does the Ceremony start? The Ceremony will begin promptly at 11:45am. Graduates will begin lining up at 11:15am in the Koch Recital Hall. Click here for a layout of MPAC. It will be livestreamed here.

What happens when we arrive at MPAC? The Mandel Council will be providing light refreshments for you at MPAC in the Koch Recital Room, and will give you directions to the restrooms.

How do the Diploma Exercises work? It is very important that you remain in the order that you have placed in so that you receive the correct diploma. PLEASE NOTE: Please do not panic if you receive someone else’s diploma. It will be exchanged for you after the ceremony.

Who will help us at MPAC? Both student and staff volunteers will be at MPAC to assist you in getting lined up, ready to process, and moving through the ceremony.

What time does the ceremony end? The ceremony will end promptly at 1:15pm.

When do we need to be out by? All Graduates, Faculty, and Guests must be out of the building as quickly as possible after the end of the Ceremony. Cars parked at MPAC must move after the MSASS ceremony ends.

How do we get to the reception? You can take a shuttle, walk, or ride with your family back to MSASS.

What time should I arrive at MSASS? You must arrive at MSASS by 8:00am for check-in and robing. A light breakfast will be served starting at 7:30am. The MSASS building is on the corner of Ford and Bellflower.

What should I wear? Where comfortable shoes! Watch this video produced by our neighbors at Weatherhead to get tips on what to wear.

Where should I leave my personal items? For security purposes, large purses, backpacks, and totes will not be permitted inside of the Veale Convocation Center. Security will be stationed at MSASS to guard your valuables, but we would encourage you to leave these with a friend or family member. Please leave personal items in Conference Room 121 at the Mandel School, which will be locked. You may pick up your items after the Diploma Ceremony.

How and where will we line up to get to Veale? You will form a double line in Noble Commons. Please follow the lead of faculty marshals. Once you are all lined up, you will proceed over to the Peter B. Lewis building to join the other North Campus schools to process to Veale.

What happens if the weather is bad? The University will provide guidance on the day of with regard to any changes due to inclement weather. We suggest that you bring an umbrella if the forecast indicates the possibility of rain.

When can I get my diploma if I’m not attending the ceremony? TBD

This brunch is being held for graduates of the online program to welcome them the campus and to the city. Online program graduates can also pick up commencement tickets and receive information about graduation weekend at this event.

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Doors open at 10:30am
  • Program begins at 11:00 am

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Noble Commons

11235 Bellflower Road Cleveland, OH 44106

On behalf of Dean Gilmore and all of us at the Mandel School, your family and friends are cordially invited to view the Mandel SchoolDiploma Ceremony via Livestream at the Mandel Center for Community Studies, just down the street from the school. Everyone is welcome, and no tickets are needed. The Mandel Center will provide a more relaxed, family-friendly environment for those who prefer it, and snacks will be provided. After the ceremony, family and friends may join you at the Graduation Reception being held at the Mandel School from 1:30pm – 4:00pm.

A reception for graduates from all programs and formats.

  • Sunday, May 20, 2018 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Heavy appetizers

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Noble Commons, 11235 Bellflower Road Cleveland, OH 44106

Register now to participate in Commencement.

Please registereven if you do not plan to attend the University Convocation. Please let Kristina Soja (kristina.soja@case.edu) know if you do not want to march. University Convocation begins at 9:30am at Veale Convocation Center. Our Diploma Ceremony begins at 11:45 am at the Maltz Performing Arts Center. The MSASS reception will immediately follow at the School Building.

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia is required for those marching in the academic procession, including official delegates, faculty, administrators, trustees and platform guests. Order your regalia by completing this form: 2018 Faculty Regalia Order Form (PDF) before Monday, April 16, 2018.

Parking & Shuttles Coming Soon

Arrival We ask that you arrive at MPAC at 11:00 am to prepare for the lineup.

Seating & preparation Coming Soon

Leaving for Grad Studies?

1:00pm | Shuttle arrives at Maltz for those faculty and students departing for Grad Studies

1:45pm | Grad Studies Ceremony Line Up Horsburgh Gym (Veale) 2:30pm | Grad Studies Diploma Ceremony

MSASS Receptions

Saturday, May 19 11:00am: Online Graduates Welcome Brunch, Noble Commons, Mandel School Building

Sunday, May 20 1:30pm: Commencement Reception, Noble Commons, Mandel School Building

The Black Graduation Ceremony, Lavender Graduation, the Multicultural Student Graduation Reception, and the Legacy Luncheon are additional celebrations held by organizations across the university to celebrate your accomplishments. If you plan to attend, please be sure to RSVP!

Black Graduation Ceremony | Friday, May 18, 2018 | Click here to RSVP
This pre-commencement celebration at the Linsalata Alumni Center honors graduate and undergraduate students from the African Diaspora who successfully completed their degree programs. Contact bsucwru@case.edu for more information.

Lavender Graduation | Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | Click here to register
Lavender Graduation honors and applauds graduating LGBTQ+ and allied students by recognizing their experiences, contributions and accomplishments during their time at Case Western Reserve University. The ceremony will include the presentation of cords and certificates by loved ones to graduating seniors. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Linsalata Alumni Center, Foster-Castele Great Hall.

Multicultural Student Graduation Reception | Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Click here to RSVP by April 25
From 4:30 – 6:00pm in the Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A, CWRU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends and families of graduates are invited to join us in recognizing CWRU Graduates! Hors d’oeuvres will be served! There will be a special ceremony and gift presentation and President Barbara R. Snyder will provide congratulatory remarks.

May Legacy Luncheon 2018 | Saturday, May 19, 2018 | Linsalata Alumni Center
Legacy Graduates are invited to attend this year’s Legacy Luncheon on Saturday, May 19 from 12-2pm at the Linsalata Alumni Center. Please contact Christal Crosby, cxc836@case.edu, for more information.

Donate your Regalia! If you’d like to donate any parts of your regalia for future graduates to borrow from the school, please place the items in the regalia donation box near the “Welcome New Alumni” table at the Mandel School Reception on Sunday.


Please contact the Mandel School Graduation Team, msassgraduation@case.edu, 216-368-2270, with any questions, concerns, comments, and/or suggestions.


Check out the recap of 2017 Commencement.

Check out the recap of 2016 Commencement.