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Student Life . Student Services . Registrar . Commencement 

2018 Commencement

Friday, May 18, 2018

CIA Commencement will begin at 10am on Friday, May 18, at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland, OH 44106. The ceremony will last approximately two hours, and a reception in honor of the graduates will follow immediately afterward at CIA.

Commencement Tickets

Tickets are required for guests. Graduates receive six tickets for guests The Registrar’s office will maintain a waitlist for extra ticket requests. Extra tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis as they become available and can be 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 18 at the Maltz Performing Arts Center and at the Cleveland Institute of Art for the commencement reception.

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. 


Please click here for lodging options throughout University Circle and Cleveland.

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: #ciagrad2018.

Commencement Rehearsal 

Commencement rehearsal for all graduates will take place on Thursday, May 17, at 10am 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. 

A very entertaining part of commencement is the presentation of images as the graduates go up on stage to receive their diplomas. One digital image is required by April 15 from every graduate participating in the ceremony. Details on image presentation will be issued later in February. The image may be of the graduate, of their work, or the graduate with their work. Whatever they wish. Graduates who need assistance producing their images are asked to consult with their department head.


For questions about tickets, cap and gown, graduation applications or diplomas, please contact the Registrar’s Office by phone at 216.421.7321, toll-free at 1.800.223.4700, or by email at

For questions about the location or other details regarding commencement, please contact Julie in the President’s office at 216.421.7410 or by email at

For more information:

Anne Adams
Assistant Registrar
216.421.7321 | Contact

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Julie Grassi
Executive Assistant
216.421.7410 | Contact

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