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Cleveland State University

Dear Graduates, Faculty and Staff,

CSU is honored to welcome Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, as the keynote speaker for the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, May 15. Secretary Fudge, a life-long Clevelander and graduate of CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, is the former U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district and first African American woman to lead HUD in more than 40 years.

CSU community stepped up to the plate for campus safety

You have done a great job keeping our campus safe and we will continue our Covid-19 safety protocols during commencement ceremonies at Progressive Field. This includes mask-wearing, social distancing and following safety protocols outlined by Progressive Field.

We are pleased to share the following Commencement details:

Morning and Afternoon Commencement Ceremonies
The morning commencement ceremony will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. All graduates, faculty and platform party guests must be present by 8 a.m. and remain in the stadium for the duration of the program. The morning ceremony will include the following Colleges:

  • College of Sciences and Health Professions
  • School of Nursing
  • College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
  • CSU President Harlan Sands as commencement speaker

The afternoon commencement ceremony will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. All graduates, faculty and platform party guests must be present by Noon and remain in the stadium for the duration of the program. The afternoon ceremony will include the following Colleges:

  • Washkewicz College of Engineering
  • College of Education & Human Services
  • Monte Ahuja College of Business
  • Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Secretary Fudge as commencement speaker

Class of 2021 Guests

  • Each graduate may bring two guests. Tickets are required. Information on how to obtain tickets will be forthcoming.

Commencement regalia (caps and gowns)
Regalia is now available to purchase through the Viking Outfitters website and the campus bookstore. Contact Viking Outfitters by email at csuohio@bkstr.com or visit vikingoutfitters.com for any questions. Orders must be submitted by April 30 to guarantee home delivery by May 14, 2021.

We look forward to hosting the Class of 2020 at a future date when there are no longer space limitations due to Covid.

We look to the spring graduating Class of 2021 with pride, admiration and a renewed sense that hope is on the horizon. We look forward to celebrating their achievements on May 15, 2021.

Please visit csuohio.edu/commencement for up-to-date CSU commencement information.

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