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Commencement

Commencement at Cleveland Institute of Art occurs once a year at the end of each spring semester. Commencement ceremonies for Spring 2016 will be held on Saturday, May 14, at noon, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Boulevard in University Circle).

Commencement Tickets

Tickets are required for guests. Each graduate receives four tickets for guest seating in the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium and can request additional tickets for simulcast seating in the Museum's two recital halls where the ceremony is simulcast. Simulcast tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request simulcast seating tickets, contact the Registrar's Office by phone at 216.421.7321 or by email at registrar@cia.edu.

Graduates also will receive 10 announcements. Commencement tickets and announcements are issued from the Registrar's Office in early April. Students will be notified via their CIA student email when tickets and announcements are available for pickup.

Commencement Rehearsal 

Commencement rehearsal and brunch for all graduates will take place on Friday, May 13, at 10:30am at the Institute's Peter B. Lewis Theater. Rehearsal takes approximately one hour followed immediately by brunch. Caps and gowns, which are purchased as part of a student’s graduation fee, are distributed to graduates at rehearsal, and are the students' to keep.

Diplomas

Diplomas are not given to students during the ceremony. Diplomas are mailed during June. Students who have been granted permission to participate in commencement with credit deficiencies will receive their printed diplomas once all degree requirements have been fulfilled. 

In order to receive a diploma, all obligations to the Institute must be fulfilled prior to commencement. Graduates who owe tuition, library materials or other departmental obligations will not be permitted to participate in commencement ceremonies and their diplomas will be withheld.

All students who had loans any time during their program of study are required to participate in an online financial aid exit interview. Students will receive instructions from the Office of Financial Aid during the spring semester. Diplomas will be withheld for loan recipients who have not fulfilled the exit interview requirement. 

Students should fill out a graduation application and return it to the Registrar’s Office. Students must provide the Registrar’s Office with an accurate mailing address. Graduates who do not supply a diploma mailing address will have their diplomas sent to their permanent home address on file. Reprints for lost diplomas cost $50.

Presentation of Images

An entertaining part of the Institute’s commencement is the presentation of images as graduates go on stage to receive their diplomas. One digital image is required by April 15 from every graduate participating in the ceremony. The image may be of the graduate, their work, or the graduate with their work. Graduates who need assistance producing their images are asked to consult with their department head. Details on image production and presentation will be available early during the spring semester.

Hometown Press Release

Graduates may choose to prepare up to two hometown press releases to be emailed (as PDFs on official letterhead from CIA’s Office of Marketing + Communications) to up to two community newspapers of your choice.
 
Click here to open the press release template. Save the document on your own computer and complete the gray fields by replacing the default text with your own information. In the second paragraph, the default text gives you an idea of the kind of information you may choose to include, such as internships you may have served or scholarships you may have been awarded. Then re-save the completed press release. Email the following to marketing@cia.edu:

  • the completed press release
  • the name of the newspaper(s)
  • the email address for sharing news with the newspaper or a link to the page for uploading the press release to the paper’s website

Share Your Story on Social Media

Celebrate with us and share your excitement all week by following CIA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and tagging your posts with the official commencement hashtag: #ciagrad2016.

Parking

Several parking areas will be available free-of-charge for commencement on May 14:

  • Parking at the Institute (11610 Euclid Ave.) is recommended. Trolley service to and from the Cleveland Museum of Art will be provided. Trolley service will begin at 10:30am and continue until 5pm.
  • For guests who might wish to park closer to the museum, parking will also be available at the Campus Center Parking Garage (East Blvd next to Severance Hall) and limited parking available at the former Gund Building (11141 East Blvd). Trolley service will also be provided from these parking areas.
  • Parking will also be available directly at the museum for a nominal fee.

Questions?

Please contact the Registrar’s Office staff (216.421.7320; registrar@cia.edu) with any questions regarding commencement.

Commencement Recap

Click here to watch the 2015 Commencement Ceremony in it's entirety, and to view and download graduate portraits.

Registrar’s Office

Location:
Cleveland Institute of Art, Room 120
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone:
216.421.7321 (phone) 

Fax:
216.754.3385 (fax) 

Email:
registrar@cia.edu 

Hours:
M - F
8:30am-4:30pm

For more information:

Anne Adams
Assistant Registrar
216.421.7321 | Contact

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Karen Hudy
Registrar
216.421.7320 | Contact

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