B.S.W. Pinning and M.S.W. Hooding
The School of Social Work honors our graduating students with two special department events: B.S.W. Pinning (for undergraduate students) and M.S.W. Hooding (for graduate students).
These events are separate from the College of Health and Human Sciences commencement and Graduate School commencement but usually held earlier on the same day. See the quick links at the bottom of this page to navigate to their respective pages for more info.
Location and times of SSW graduation events for the current term will be posted on the College of Health and Human Sciences Events calendar and the School of Social Work Facebook page under Events as soon as they are confirmed.
Both the B.S.W. Pinning and the M.S.W. Hooding are graduation-style ceremonies. During the B.S.W. Pinning, each student is awarded a School of Social Work B.S.W. lapel pin.
During the M.S.W. Hooding, each student carries their social work hood, which will be placed on the student’s shoulders, completing their academic attire, by a member of faculty.
B.S.W. students do NOT wear academic attire to the School of Social Work B.S.W. Pinning ceremony. Business casual or “best dressed” attire is encouraged.
M.S.W. students must wear academic attire (cap and gown).
Information for ordering academic attire is available on the Alumni Association Grad Pack Info page.
Depending on the number of graduates, the School of Social Work uses a guest ticket system; otherwise seating is first come, first served.
We care deeply that families and friends have an opportunity to celebrate their graduates and attend our graduation ceremonies. The ticketing system is essential and crucial for the safety and comfort of all guests. Tickets are free for guests. Grads do not need a ticket.
Graduating students may obtain guest tickets via an online ticket link sent to graduating students via email. Limiting your guest ticket request to ONLY the number of guests you plan to bring allows the School of Social Work to offer “unclaimed” tickets to other students who wish to bring additional guests.
There is a waiting list for additional tickets; this is also available through the online ticket link. Tickets will be distributed in the order requests are received.
Planning Your Arrival
Students should plan to arrive about 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. There are two things to do to prepare for the ceremony: create a name card and line up for procession into the reception hall.
Name cards will be available at a small table outside the reception room. Students must write their name on a card and hold onto it, so it can be presented to the name reader (usually a member of faculty) when approaching the stage. Students may clarify name pronunciation to the name reader before walking across the stage.
Procession will be directed by a member of faculty. Before the ceremony begins, students will be directed to a waiting room, to allow guests to continue to arrive and be seated. Students will then line up and walk into the reception hall.
Students and their guests may use cameras at any time. The School of Social Work also informally photographs graduating students as they walk across the stage, as well as during the reception following the ceremony. You can review the SSW graduation album online at the School of Social Work Facebook page usually within a few days following the event.
As you approach graduation, we invite you to become a member of our SSW Alumni Network, for help finding jobs, receiving support and shared expertise through mentoring, and staying in touch with your friends in the School of Social Work.