At the 2014 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18, Case Western Reserve University will award degrees to approximately 2,000 students from across disciplines.
More than 1,800 of the 2,000 students are expected to attend commencement at the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center, where they’ll hear from Mohamed Ibn Chambas (LAW ’94), the joint chief mediator overseeing the Darfur peace negotiations for the African Union and United Nations.
President Barbara R. Snyder will confer degrees upon the students, as well as honorary degrees to Chambas; award-winning poet, human rights activist and literary critic Marjorie Agosin; and celebrated sculptor and print artist Claes Oldenburg.
Commencement convocation begins at 9:30 a.m. Following the event—at which degrees officially are conferred for all undergraduate and graduate/professional students—each school and college will host a separate diploma ceremony. All students receiving bachelor’s degrees, regardless of major, will be presented with their diplomas at the undergraduate studies diploma ceremony. A full schedule of ceremonies is available at case.edu/commencement/event/schedule.html.
Visitors can find information on parking, shuttles and accommodations at case.edu/commencement. Of note this year is that the Cleveland Marathon route, which usually requires blocking off traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, will be run Sunday almost exclusively on Cleveland’s west side. Traffic near campus should not be affected; however, visitors should expect road closures and delays throughout downtown, including street closures on Superior Avenue, Carnegie Avenue and East 18th Street, which may impact routes to Case Western Reserve. The marathon course also will impact the near west side, Lakewood and Rocky River, as well as parts of the Shoreway. Please plan ahead and allow for extra travel time.