Previously I was able to apply a cross dissolve to caption layer to fade it out - that option is not available in v15 and I also don't see any ability to keyframe opacity or even any keyframe functions in the essential graphics editor. Please advise. If I could even move the caption layer under a video layer that would be helpful since I want the caption to disappear as my end card comes on / under a dip to wipe transition.
Thanks for writing, cmcrawley. Unfortunately, transitions are not available to use on captions, currently. There are some workarounds, that, for now, you need to abide by. Otherwise, you can use an earlier version of Premiere Pro.
This post should help you choose if one of the workarounds might work for you.