School of Medicine/CCLCM

Important Dates

Sunday, March 1: Commencement Registration Begins

All University and College Program students planning to participate in their diploma ceremony are required to attend convocation.

Commencement ceremony participation registration ends on Wednesday, April 1, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT. Register now for commencement.

Wednesday, March 4: Doctoral Fitting

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Gund Hall, School of Law

Friday, March 20: Doctoral Fitting

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building, School of Medicine, CCLCM, School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing.

Wednesday, April 1: Registration Deadline

5 p.m. EDT Deadline for registering to participate in commencement.

Friday, May 15

Mandatory Class Meeting

3-4:30 p.m.

School of Medicine, E401

All MD graduates are expected to attend this meeting which serves as a rehearsal for commencement. Deans, as well as representatives from the Alumni Office and Special Events office will be present to provide direction and answer questions. A great kick-off to a memorable weekend.


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Biomedical Research Building Lobby

The Dean and faculty of the School of Medicine host a wine and appetizer reception for 2014 graduates receiving their MD and/or PhD. Families are welcome to attend.

Saturday, May 16

Awards Ceremony

2-3:30 p.m.

Strosacker Auditorium

School of Medicine honors, awards and prizes will be presented. All graduates and their families are encouraged to attend the ceremony and reception. Award winners will be notified in advance by the Office of Student Affairs.


3:30-4:15 p.m.

Biomedical Research Building

Wine and appetizer reception for graduates and families/friends.

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Sunday, May 17: Commencement Day

7:30 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony Breakfast: Biomedical Research Building Lobby and Cafeteria

Breakfast for graduates, their families and friends. This is the SOM and CCLCM convocation robing and line up location (graduates). 
A class photo will be taken of all graduates in full academic regalia on the steps of the BRB before processing to convocation (weather permitting).

9:30 a.m.

University Convocation: Veale Convocation Center

This is a ticketed event for guests. Graduates must participate in convocation in order to participate in the diploma ceremony at Severance Hall. The convocation ceremony will be shown on large screens in Ford Auditorium at the corner of Euclid and Adelbert for guests not able to secure convocation tickets. At the conclusion of the convocation ceremony, graduates will remain in procession formation while exiting Veale and will be joined by faculty to process down Adelbert Road to Severance Hall. The procession will be led by our bagpiper and makes for a great photo opportunity for family members watching from Ford Auditorium.

10:45 a.m.

Diploma Ceremony Line Up (Graduates): Reinberger Chamber Hall in Severance Hall

10:45 a.m.

Doors to Severance: Open for guest seating.

11:15 a.m.

Diploma Ceremony: Severance Hall

Speaker: Rear Admiral Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), RADM, US Public Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services

1 p.m.

Reception: School of Medicine BioMedical Research Building Cafeteria, Lobby and the Health Sciences Outdoor Podium.

All commencement attendees, family and friends are welcome to attend.

Following Commencement, Rental Cap and Gown Drop Off Location: University Bookstore, at E. 115 and Euclid.

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Special Accommodations for Guests

Guests requiring special assistance, please contact Barbara Nicol in the School of Medicine Special Event office at 216.368.5515 or email, Subject: Special Needs.

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Hooding Information

Hooding will be done by School of Medicine Society Deans or the Lerner College Executive Dean

Hooding Exception requests must be handled through the School of Medicine’s Special Event Office.

Please email, Subject: Hooding Request

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Contact Information

Please contact Barbara Nicol Waltermire at 216.368.5515 or or Kathy Malone at 216.368.3109 or with questions.

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