The School of Social Work commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the School of Social Work. We are honored and proud to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.
Students who have processed application to candidacy forms, filed for degree with an expected conferral date of Feb. 1, June 1 or Sept. 1, 2019, and who remain in good academic standing may participate in commencement.
Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). To participate in the commencement ceremony, registration is required.
Students: please register for commencement via the SSW Commencement Registration Form. Registration deadline: May 13 at 5 p.m.
Please contact the coordinator of this ceremony as far in advance as possible to discuss your needs and what accommodations you require.
Please see the Accessibility for Guests page.
In the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "Prohibited Items." This information applies to graduating students as well.
You must be in the robing area by 8 a.m. the morning of commencement. Proceed to the lower level of the Center for the Arts. You must bring your cap, gown, tassel and hood. You will be lined up by degree in the staging area. You cannot leave any personal belongings in the robing area, so please leave any valuables, bags, purses with your guests.
There are no admission tickets for this ceremony. Participating degree candidates may invite as many guests as they desire.
The Guest Info section of this website has all the information your guests need to know about directions and parking, seating (including seating for children and infants), accessibility and visiting campus.
Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies but please review the guidelines below.
Baby strollers are not permitted in the seats or aisles in the theater because of the safety hazards they pose. Therefore, the use of baby strollers is discouraged. If a baby stroller is necessary, it must be left in the entrance of the theater at your own risk.
If you are with a child who is talking, crying or moving around in a manner that is distracting to the ceremony, you may be asked to step outside the ceremony.
The following items are prohibited --
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.
The SSW GSA generally plans a graduation party; keep an eye out for an email confirming the date and time.
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus
Graduating students participating in commencement wear academic apparel. Order early to make sure you get the appropriate items on time.
The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to your permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after the conferral date. Students are responsible for making address changes; these should be made through your HUB Student Center to ensure that you receive your diploma.