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CIA 2017 Commencement

May 20, 2017

CIA Commencement will begin at noon on Saturday, May 20, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106. The ceremony will last approximately two hours, and a reception in honor of the graduates will follow immediately afterwards at CIA.

Commencement Tickets

Tickets are required for guests. Graduates receive four tickets for guest seating in the Cleveland Museum of Art Gartner Auditorium, where the ceremony will take place. Seating for additional guests will be available in the museum's two recital halls, where the ceremony will be simulcast. Tickets are also required for the simulcast seating. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and can by requested by contacting the registrar's office by phone at 216-421-7321 or by email at

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 address when tickets and announcements are available for pickup.


Free parking will be available for commencement on May 20 at CIA (11610 Euclid Ave.) and at the CWRU Campus Center Parking Garage (Severance Hall parking lot). Trolley service to and from these parking areas and the Cleveland Museum of Art will be provided beginning at 10am and continuing until 5pm. Parking is available at the museum for a nominal fee.

To ensure enough parking availability, Commencement guests are asked to consolidate the number of cars they will be using, as much as possible.

Other parking options are available throughout University Circle for a fee. Click here for more info. Trolley service from parking areas other than those noted above will not be provided.

Share Your Story on Social Media

Share your excitement leading up to the ceremony and celebrate with us during the big day by following CIA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and tagging your posts with the official commencement hashtag: #ciagrad2017.

Commencement Rehearsal 

Commencement rehearsal for all graduates will take place on Friday, May 19, at 10:30am in CIA's Peter B. Lewis Theater. Rehearsal takes approximately one hour and is followed immediately by brunch.

Caps and gowns will be distributed to graduates at rehearsal. Caps and gowns are purchased as part of a student’s graduation fee and are the students' to keep.


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

Students who have not yet submitted to the Registrar's Office the online graduation application are asked to do so immediately. Students can find the graduation application on their student page on myCIA ( Students must provide the Registrar’s Office with an accurate mailing address. Students who do not supply a diploma mailing address will have their diplomas sent to their permanent home address on file. Students should be sure to provide the Registrar's Office with an accurate mailing address, as reprints for lost diplomas carry a reprint fee of $50.

In order to receive a diploma, all obligations to the Institute must be fulfilled prior to commencement. Students 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 took out federal 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. 


Please contact the Registrar’s Office by phone at 216.421.7321, toll-free at 1.800.223.4700, or by email at with any questions. 

For more information:

Anne Adams
Assistant Registrar
216.421.7321 | Contact

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Karen Hudy
216.421.7320 | Contact

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