Sunday, December 16, 2018

Fall 2018 Commencement
Cleveland State University's Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremonies took place at the Wolstein Center on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

CSU President Harlan M. Sands, who was appointed the University’s seventh president earlier this year, served as the commencement speaker. He spoke about his journey to Cleveland State and encouraged the graduates to promote CSU’s mission as productive and enthusiastic members of their communities. 

View President Sands' commencement speech here:

As part of commencement exercises, CSU awarded an honorary degree to Serena Silvestro, a pre-med student who died earlier this year due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis. Silvestro was diagnosed with the disease as a child but did not let that stop her from succeeding both academically and athletically in junior high and high school. She entered the pre-med program at CSU at the age of 16 and was also highly active in raising money for cystic fibrosis research and supporting other individuals with the disease.

Rushabh Ripan Patel, who graduated from Cleveland State University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, was named the fall 2018 valedictorian.

View his speech here:

View a highlight video of the ceremony here:

Click here to view a photo gallery of the Fall 2018 Commencement festivities.