Days to Come

Students entering their second year at Case Western Reserve have a unique opportunity to participate in the Second Year Institute. Launched in the fall of 2004, this highly interactive overnight program reinforces the second year themes of exploration, engagement and personal vision. The program utilizes the concept of Appreciative Inquiry to help students gain a greater connection with and understanding of themselves, the university and greater Cleveland through workshops, interaction with faculty and administrators, and social functions with fellow second-year students.

You've made it halfway through! The Second Year Celebration is held to recognize students for their accomplishments in their first two years at Case Western Reserve and acknowledge the midpoint of their undergraduate career. The informal gathering allows faculty, staff and these newest upper-class students the chance to enjoy one another, strengthen relationships and reflect on their Case Western Reserve experience.

Students who turn 21 get more than just a card from home. The university president and vice president for student affairs send those eligible students a Coming of Age Birthday Card to celebrate and acknowledge the significance and responsibilities of adulthood. Card recipients also receive a lunch gift certificate for two at the Michaelson & Morely restaurant in the Tinkham Veale University Center. These special keepsake cards depict seasonal photos of Case Western Reserve University landscapes, architecture and campus events. Photos are submitted by students, faculty and staff each spring semester and the winning photos are selected by the Student Life Committee of Undergraduate Student Government. Consider entering the Coming of Age Birthday Card Photo Contest and make your mark on this university tradition!

Ever wondered what you will expect once you graduate from CWRU? The Grand Affair: Life After College Explained answers this question and much more! The Upper Class Experience has teamed up with many on and off-campus resources to provide CWRU students with the necessary tools to succeed in the “real world.” Some topics have included tying up loose ends at CWRU before graduation, moving out on your own, life between college and securing a job, professional attire, networking and benefits, managing money and life outside of work.

After final exams at the end of the spring semester, most graduating seniors stay on campus before commencement ceremonies. Senior Week is a time of relaxation and enjoyment—a chance for members of the graduating class to savor their accomplishments and talk about their plans for the future.

Since 1830, the highlight of every academic year at the university has been the annual Commencement Ceremonies. The weekend of events regularly draws more than 12,000 graduates and their families to the campus. Throughout the commencement weekend award ceremonies, such as the Senior Awards Assembly, Phi Beta Kappa initiation and the "tempus tropitus," are held for graduates who have excelled in their undergraduate careers. Graduation day is filled with academic regalia from universities around the world and begins with a universitywide convocation featuring a main speaker and the awarding of several honorary degrees to noted public figures. Following that, diploma ceremonies for each of the schools and colleges take place in venues throughout University Circle, accompanied by receptions for the graduates and their guests.

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