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Student Life . Student Services . Registrar . Commencement 

2019 Commencement

Friday, May 17, 2019

CIA Commencement will begin at 10am on Friday, May 17, 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.

Students celebrating after commencement


A video of the ceremony will soon be made available to graduates to download.


Free parking will be available for commencement on May 17 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.

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: #ciagrad2019.


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 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 College 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. 


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

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