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About . Safety + Security . FAQ: Seniors 

FAQ: Seniors

We realize that the transition to online instruction and building closure, due to restrictions imposed by state and federal governments to minimize exposure, is especially challenging for our seniors. If you have additional questions/concerns, please let us know.


Why was the deadline for the Presidents’ Traveling Scholarships extended?

March 30, 2020: The decision to extend was made today, recognizing that students may not have reliable access to the internet to upload, as well as those that have been traveling or organizing last-minute travel (some internationally). 
Please know that we are trying to ease the frustration and pain of the current situation while keeping our traditions, like the President's Traveling Scholarships, running as fair as possible.

Have BFA week, Spring Show and commencement events been canceled?

March 24, 2020: As of March 23, all gatherings of 10 or more people have been banned in the State of Ohio until further notice. Consequently, all in-person public events have been canceled for the remainder of the semester, with faculty and staff exploring virtual options for BFA presentations, Spring Show and commencement ceremonies.

We are especially sympathetic toward seniors, whose years of hard work deserve to be celebrated by the CIA community and witnessed by family and friends. Please know that the Commencement Committee is hard at work on plans for a digital celebration, and we will be  student input. Likewise, the BFA Committee, working with faculty, is developing plans for presenting BFA thesis projects online, including oral exams. We understand that a digital solution will not be the same as our traditional milestone ceremonies, but we look forward to bringing a spirit of good will as you leave your status as students and join the CIA alumni community.

We are also in the process of assessing the feasibility of hosting in-person activities for our 2020 graduates at a later time.

What will the online BFA and Commencement look like?

March 24, 2020: BFA: Our BFA Committee is exploring different technology tools and assessing which virtual platform will best support the needs of our students and programs. The oral exam portion of BFAs will occur as a virtual meeting between the BFA candidate and their committee members. These exams will occur during the regularly scheduled BFA Exam week (May 4-8, 2020). 

Commencement: The Commencement Committee is also working to explore virtual options to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. We will be in touch to with next steps as plans unfold. 

How are you engaging students in the process?

March 24, 2020: BFA: Because the BFA is an exam, students should direct feedback directly to their major chair regarding the presentation of BFA work. 

Commencement: Our Commencement Committee is working with all department chairs to nominate student representatives to provide input and feedback for both Commencement. As this is a flagship celebration of our seniors, and under these unusual circumstances, we especially value the input from our students in the process. 

Can I get my fee for graduation ceremonies refunded?

March 24, 2020: Yes. The spring 2020 graduation fee of $215 has been reversed on the billing statement for seniors who were originally charged in January. For students with a zero balance due, CIA is processing a direct deposit to the bank account you have on file with the Business Office. If you did not sign up for direct deposit, your graduation fee will be issued in the form of a paper check, mailed to your permanent address on record. For students with a balance due, the $215 graduation fee has been applied as a credit against your account.

Will there be an in-person celebration for 2020 graduates at a later time?

March 24, 2020: We are already in the process of assessing the feasibility of alternative options for an in-person experience for 2020 graduates, options which could include a post-graduation celebration and/or an exhibition of some kind. As the circumstances we are dealing with are uncertain and highly fluid, it does not allow us to commit to a timeframe or logistical details at this time. We will be in touch as we know more.

Can I still receive my regalia?

March 24, 2020: Yes, regalia, commencement programs and personalized announcements will be mailed to the address you provided to the Registrar's office. If this address has changed please email  

How will I receive my diploma?

March 24, 2020: As planned, the diploma will be mailed to the address you provided to the Registrar's office. If this address has changed please email 

When can I get access to the items in my studio or return equipment?

March 24, 2020: Please refer to these questions within the Building Access section of the FAQ.

For more information:

Matthew Smith, PhD
Director of Student Life + Housing
216.421.7495 | Contact