Sarah Kay speaking on stage

Fall convocation

Fall convocation is the formal celebration that opens each new academic year at Case Western Reserve University. The 2018 event will take place Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 4:45 p.m. in Severance Hall. The ceremony will include a keynote address from the Sarah Kay, this year’s Elaine G. Hadden Distinguished Visiting Author.

About the speaker

Sarah Kay speaking into microphoneKay uses spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. Her book, No Matter The Wreckage, is an American poetry bestseller and was selected as Case Western Reserve University’s common reading.

Immediately following the ceremony, a complimentary reception and book signing will be held in the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom.

The event is free and open to all. Register online at

Common reading resources and a resource guide are available on the University Events website.

Faculty members interested in participating in the academic procession should register online by Monday, Aug. 20. Faculty are responsible for obtaining their own academic regalia from the University Bookstore. Details about regalia and registration are available at