Photo of Tracy K. Smith
Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Fall convocation

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to celebrate the opening of the new academic year at fall convocation Aug. 25, at 4:45 p.m. at Severance Hall. 

The event will feature speaker Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose book Wade in the Water was chosen as Case Western Reserve’s 2021 common reading book. View a resource guide to learn more about Smith.

Faculty members receiving the university’s highest honor—Distinguished University Professor—also will be honored during the event.

The event is free and open to the campus community. Those who plan to attend in person should complete the registration form. The event also will be livestreamed at