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2022 Commencement

Friday, May 13, 2022

10am, Maltz Performing Arts Center
Case Western Reserve University campus

2022 Commencement

Friday, May 13

139th Commencement Ceremony honoring the 2022 graduates

Parents, family, and friends of the Class of 2022 joined the Cleveland Institute of Art for our Commencement on Friday, May 13, at 10am ET. It was our first in-person ceremony since 2019 because of the COVID pandemic.

Our Commencement speaker was Jeremy V. Johnson, President and CEO of Assembly for the Arts

The Student Commencement speaker was Allison Wygonik, Animation major, and the President’s Traveling Scholarship award recipients were announced during the ceremony. 

CIA President + CEO Grafton Nunes was presented with a degree of Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his leadership and extraordinary legacy. Nunes retires June 30, 2022.

CIA created #ciagrad2022 for seniors to use to share photos and posts on social media to commemorate their time at CIA.


View photos from 2022 Commencement:

2022 Commencement photo album

2022 Commencement cap/gown photos

2022 Commencement ceremony video

For more information:

Office of the President
216.421.7410 | Contact


University Circle and Cleveland has hotel accommodations and dining options at various price points. 


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 #CIAgrad2022

Previous Commencement Ceremonies

2021 Commencement

2020 Commencement

2019 Commencement

2018 Commencement

2017 Commencement