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2021 Commencement

In the interest of health and safety, Commencement will again be virtual this year. A pre-recorded broadcast will premiere on Friday, May 14 at 8:30pm ET. More info on how to watch is below.

2021 Commencement

Friday, May 14, 8:30pm ET

Parents, family, and friends of the Class of 2021 are invited to join the Cleveland Institute of Art for our Commencement on Friday, May 14, at 8:30pm ET. During this virtual ceremony, each student's name will be called and recognized by their department chairperson.

The Commencement ceremony will be available at this page as well as premiered on CIA's Facebook page.

Our Commencement speakers will be world-renowned producers, directors and writers Anthony Russo, Joe Russo and Angela Russo-Otstot. CIA recently awarded Honorary Doctor of Art degrees to the Russos for the contributions to film, television and their native Cleveland.

The Student Commencement speaker will be announced in April, and the President’s Traveling Scholarship award recipients will be announced during the ceremony. 

CIA created #ciagrad2021 for seniors to use to share photos and posts on social media to commemorate their time at CIA.

In addition to this virtual event, the days leading up to Commencement will include a special photo opp for students to walk the stage on campus in their cap and gown.  

2021 Commencement details

Key dates and details on commencement programming can be found in one place.

CIA welcomes Anthony and Joe Russo and Angela Russo-Otstot as Commencement speakers

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CIA welcomes Anthony and Joe Russo and Angela Russo-Otstot as Commencement speakers


For more information:

Colleen Sweeney
Executive Assistant
216.421.7410 | Contact

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Marty Mondello-Hendren
216.421.7320 | Contact

Cleveland Institute of Art welcomes Anthony and Joe Russo and Angela Russo-Otstot as Commencement speakers

The 2021 Commencement ceremony will be virtual and premiere for graduates and their families at the Mayfield Road Drive-In Theatre FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2021 CLEVELAND—The creative... more


Diplomas are not distributed to students during the ceremony. Diplomas are mailed in June.

Degree candidates must meet specific obligations for graduation before diplomas and final transcripts will be issued. 


Celebrate with us!

Tag commencement photos with #CIAgrad2021

Previous Commencement Ceremonies

2020 Commencement

2019 Commencement

2018 Commencement

2017 Commencement