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2024 Commencement

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Maltz Performing Arts Center

2024 Commencement

141st Commencement Ceremony honoring the 2024 graduates

Parents, family, and friends of the Class of 2024 are invited to join the Cleveland Institute of Art for our Commencement on Sunday, May 19, at 10am ET. 

Students will be recognized individually as they cross the stage by their respective major chairs followed by the conferral of degrees by President Heidemann.

The 2024 Commencement speaker is accomplished professor and passionate communication designer Omari Souza—an alum who's the visionary founder of the State of Black Design conference.

The 2024 Student Commencement speaker was M. Dailey, double-majoring in Sculpture + Expanded Media and Painting.

View photos from Commencement

2024 Commencement cap/gown photos

2024 Commencement ceremony + reception


The Maltz Performing Arts Center is just minutes from the CIA campus. The Maltz is located at 1855 Ansel Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106. 

Graduates arrive at the Maltz for check-in at 9am ET. Doors open for guests at 9:30am ET.

Parking is available at the Maltz. Typically the Cleveland Marathon occurs on the same weekend at CIA's Commencement. The marathon events are west of CIA. For marathon route information, visit

The ceremony will be followed by a reception for the graduates and their families at CIA. Parking will be available at CIA. 


Tickets are required for all guests, excluding the graduating student. Graduates will be provided six guest tickets. Ticket pick up date and location will be announced via CIA email. A photo ID is required at pick up. 


Regalia (cap, black gown, and tassel) is required to participate in Commencement. Graduates will need to order regalia through OakHall no later than April 1, 2024! CIA does not provide regalia.

Oak Hall Regalia Order link

Graduates are encouraged to to decorate their caps if desired.

Presentation of Images

A very entertaining part of commencement is the presentation of images as the graduates cross the stage to receive their diplomas.

All graduates are required to submit one digital image by April 19, 2024 using the survey link below. The image may be of the graduate, their work, or an image that's symbolic for your achievement. 

2024 Photos for Commencement

Examples of Pervious Images submitted 


Commencement rehearsal will be held in PBL at CIA on Thursday May 16, 2024 at 10am. Financial Aid Exit Counseling is part of rehearsal, and will be followed by brunch.


Diplomas are not distributed to students during the ceremony. Diplomas are mailed in June via a third-party service, Parchment. Diplomas will be mailed to addresses provided in the graduation application. 

Degree candidates must meet specific obligations for graduation before diplomas will be issued. All degree requirements must be complete for the degree to be awarded. 

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: #CIAgrad2024. 



For questions about tickets, graduation applications or diplomas, please contact the Registrar’s Office by phone at 216.421.7321 or by email at

For questions about commencement, please contact the President’s office at 216.421.7410 or by email at



For more information:

Registar's Office
216.421.7321 | Contact


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

Our ceremony occurs on the same weekend at Case Western Reserve University, so we recommend that families make reservations as early as possible.



Celebrate with us!

Tag commencement photos with #CIAgrad2024