Class Year Traditions

Class Officer Collective

The Class Officer Collective (COC) is an organization dedicated to developing, maintaining, and celebrating a unique class identity within each respective class experience. The COC is additionally capable of providing co-sponsorships for any active organizations on campus.

All COC meetings are open to the public and are encouraged if you want your voice to be heard!

First Year Experience

As a part of the larger first-year experience, the residential colleges play an integral part in a first-year student's personal and academic transformation. The residential colleges help students transition into their new communities, connecting them with the university through academic support, campus activities, residence hall programs and other events. Our goal is to help each resident establish a foundation for future success.

Senior Week

Senior Week is a time when graduating seniors get together for a week of fun and camaraderie. Events are organized by the Senior Week Committee, which is led by the Senior Class Officers and made up of students from the graduating class.

Second Year Experience

The Second Year Experience (SYE) program provides students with an environment to explore new or deeper avenues for career and personal plans, and supports them as they define or sharpen a personal vision for their undergraduate career and beyond. Because the university believes that two years of residence are beneficial for student success, residence is required except in special circumstances, and most second-year students live in residence halls or Greek communities. All second-year students are welcome to participate in SYE.


For first-year, transfer and exchange students, orientation is your opportunity to get to know CWRU, to explore our campus and to discover the myriad of opportunities and resources available to you.

Upperclass Experience

Taking the personal vision developed by the end of the second year and further forming it into reality is the goal of the Upperclass Experience. The upper-class staff members support the creation of an environment in which residents can focus on that vision, building experiences in the final years of college while preparing for life after graduation. Increasingly, students seek and choose their support systems and involvements, taking initiative to craft a truly unique Case Western Reserve University experience.

Coming of Age Birthday Cards

It is a tradition at Case Western Reserve that each undergraduate who turns 21 receives a birthday greeting from the University President and the Vice President for Student Affairs. In addition to a birthday greeting featuring beautiful campus photography and a reminder to celebrate safely, students also receive a gift certificate for two to the Michelson & Morely restaurant in the Tinkham Veale University Center.