CWRU | First Year

Congratulations to the class of 2017

As you prepare for your high school graduation and your transition to college, imagine that a few years from now, you’ll be crossing the stage accepting a degree from CWRU.

Case Western Reserve’s 2017 commencement address was delivered Sunday by CWRU alumnus and celebrated civil rights attorney, Fred Gray.

A native of Alabama, Gray earned his law degree in 1954 from Case Western Reserve University and became entrenched on the front lines of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. During his career he represented Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, among other historic, high-profile clients. Gray was also instrumental in the legal action leading to the desegregation of all public institutions of higher education.

Watch highlights from the day’s festivities to take a look for what’s in store for you a few years from now.