Updated Health and Safety Measures from CSU
In line with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and given that COVID-19 levels in Cuyahoga County are now rated “high,” CSU is reinstating an indoor mask mandate on campus until conditions improve.
Effective June 1, 2022, the CSU Wolstein Center requires everyone to wear a mask (covering nose and mouth) in all indoor spaces. This includes all guests and graduates. CSU will permit graduates to remove their masks while they walk across the stage to receive their diploma. School staff will remind students to remove their masks, if they wish, before ascending to the stage to receive their diploma.
Graduates will receive ten tickets for the graduation ceremony at the Passport to Commencement event on June 3. All extra ticket requests previously submitted will be honored. These extra tickets will be included in the ticket envelope. At this time, no additional tickets are available. The Wolstein Center staff will not admit anyone (regardless of age) into the venue without a ticket. Therefore, it is important to keep your tickets in a safe place.
Passport to Commencement
Passport to Commencement is a required event for all graduates. This is where graduates will be given their Commencement tickets, pick up their caps and gowns, and other “check-out” activities. The first event is on Friday, June 3, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and a second smaller event (for students who could not attend the first event or who were not yet cleared for graduation) will be Monday, June 6, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Both events take place in the North Gym of the High School.
All graduates must report to the High School’s North Gym promptly at 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday, June 7. To ensure a timely start of the ceremony, all graduates will be transported one-way, by bus, to the Wolstein Center. Graduates must arrange for transportation home at the conclusion of the event.
The Wolstein Center doors will open at 5:00 p.m. There will be two gates open on the east side of the building (Medical Mutual Gate A and Gate B). Please keep in mind that the Wolstein Center’s policy states all guests (regardless of age) require a ticket to enter the arena (including children and babies). In addition, the Wolstein Center does NOT permit balloons, balloon bouquets, or noisemakers of any kind. Please do not bring them to Commencement or you will be asked to remove these items from the premises. Purses, diaper bags and other small personal bags are permitted, but will be subject to a wanding inspection at the doors for safety purposes. Should you arrive before 5:00 p.m., there is standing-room-only outside the Wolstein entrance. This may be important to note if senior citizens are accompanying you to the Commencement.
Graduation seating will be open to families on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask that you arrive by 5:45 p.m. and work cooperatively with the Wolstein Center staff so that we can seat everyone comfortably prior to the ceremony. Guests may request special needs seating upon arrival.
The Wolstein Center South Garage is located on East 21st street between Carnegie Avenue and Prospect Avenue. Special event parking rates will be posted. Several other lots are located on Prospect Avenue, East 18th Street, Carnegie Avenue, and Central Avenue. More parking information can be found at wolsteincenter.com/parking/.
This year, the Shaker Heights Schools and the Shaker Schools Foundation welcomes Anita Hollander, SHHS Class of 1974, as commencement speaker for the Class of 2022 commencement ceremony. Ms. Hollander is an actress, singer, composer, director and teacher and is the SAG-AFTRA National Chair of Performers With Disabilities and has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Learn more about Ms. Hollander, click here
Families should meet their graduates on the east side of the building, outside either Medical Mutual Gate A or Gate B.
Commencement Video and Video Streaming
The ceremony will be professionally videotaped for our website and streamed live, and will also be available online after the event. To view, go to shaker.org/live.aspx, beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Graduates will receive the diploma cover during the Commencement ceremony. Beginning the afternoon of Wednesday, June 8, the actual diploma and other graduation materials will be available for pick-up, in the Main Office. All fees and fines must be paid before receiving the diploma.
Ripcho, our official Commencement photographer, will have portraits available after the ceremony. Celebrate your achievement with these professional portraits. Information on how to order will be available at Passport to Commencement.
Additional information will be posted online and sent home in May with final instructions and reminders. Please contact Sara Chengelis (295-4330 or [email protected]
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