Weatherhead Commencement 2017

Students walking to Commencement

Commencement is a very special day when we celebrate the success of our graduating students. It is an enjoyable time to share with fellow students, faculty, family and friends.

Diploma Ceremony Speaker

The Weatherhead diploma ceremony speaker is Anand Swaminathan, Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company.

Student Registration Information

Weatherhead graduate students will have to register for 3 commencement related events for participation and tickets. Each of these events are optional attendance. It is extremely important that you complete the registration for each of these events, even if you do not intend to participate in the commencement events. You must have a valid Case Western Reserve University Network ID (e.g. abc123) and password to register online.

Event 1 – Weatherhead Graduation Reception on Friday, April 28, 2017
Event 2 – University Convocation on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Event 3 – Weatherhead Diploma Ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

University Convocation

Sunday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Veale Convocation Center

University Convocation is a limited ticket event. Each student participating and registered to attend the University Convocation will receive two guest tickets. The graduating student does not need a ticket to enter Veale Convocation Center.

Register Here

Registration Open: March 1 – April 1, 2017

Weatherhead Graduation Celebration Reception*

Friday, 28 April 2017.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building

The graduation reception is for the Class of 2017 - Weatherhead graduate program students to celebrate their success and achievements.

Weatherhead Diploma Ceremony

Sunday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Severance Hall

Tickets are required for this afternoon event; Students registered for the event will receive up to 3 guest tickets. The graduating student does not need a ticket to enter Severance Hall


Registration and RSVP opens on March 1, 2017 and ends on April 21, 2017
This registration includes RSVP to Diploma ceremony and Weatherhead Graduation Celebration

*All graduating students in the Weatherhead programs including Doctor of Management, PhD, EMBA, full-time MBA, global MBA, part-time MBA, MPOD, MAcc, MSM-Business Analytics, MSM-Finance, MSM-Healthcare, MSM-ORSC and MEM programs.

Undergraduates please click here for information regarding the undergraduate diploma ceremony and reception.

Other Important Dates to Note

Doctoral Fittings

Thursday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., School of Law
Friday, March 17, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tinkham Veale University Center, Main Floor
View details for Doctoral Fittings

University Grad Fair 2017

Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
University Bookstore (216.368.2650) in Uptown at Euclid and E. 115
University Grad Fair 2017 is Case Western Reserve University's official “one stop shop” for all graduation information, services and products and promises “no hassle for your tassel” to members of the class of 2016 while you save time, money and begin your commencement celebration.

Weatherhead Grad Fair 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2 – 6 p.m.
PBL 203
This fair allows students to gather information pertaining to convocation and diploma ceremonies. Convocation and Diploma ceremony tickets will be available for pick up. University Bookstore will be on-site to sell regalia.

Tickets/Announcement Distribution

April 12 – May 21
Graduation Announcements and convocation ceremony tickets will be available for pick up at the graduate student services office (PBL 150). Tickets may be picked up from Graduate Student Services office (PBL 150) anytime from Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. only. All envelopes not picked up will be available on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in the Graduate Student Services office (PBL 150) starting at 7:30 a.m.

Class of 2017 - Weatherhead Graduation Reception

Friday, April 28, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Peter B. Lewis Building

This reception is a celebration of success and achievements for the graduating students of Weatherhead School of Management

Doctor of Management Programs Graduation Reception

Saturday, May 20, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Dively Pavilion

This reception is open to the families and friends of DM and PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems graduates, current DM students, faculty, advisors and guests. For additional information about the event, contact Sue Nartker at 216.368.1943 or

Dessert Reception

Sunday, May 21, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building

Celebrating the success and achievements of the newest alumni of Weatherhead School of Management with their families and friends.

Commencement Day

View the full commencement day schedule of events