IU School of Social Work is headquartered on the IUPUI campus with locations on 8 IU Campuses. The school also has the Department of Labor Studies
There are two ceremonies that School of Social Work graduates can attend:
Attendance at either ceremony is optional. No tickets are required for friends, family or participants. Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish to both ceremonies; seating is first come, first served.
The IUSSW School Recognition Ceremony will be held Friday, May 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon) in Hall F of the Indiana Convention Center (ICC).
All students graduating in 2019 are welcome to walk at this ceremony, regardless of whether your actual graduation date is in May, June, August, or December 2019.
Before 11 a.m.: The procession will form in Hall G of the ICC. Students should arrive no later than 11:00 am to begin lining up. Students will assemble in Labor Studies, BSW, and MSW groups. It is not necessary to line up in alphabetical order.
Reader Cards: Students will receive a Reader Card to fill out when assembling in Hall G. Please print your name AND spell it phonetically if it’s hard to pronounce. These cards will be used to call your name as you cross the stage to be photographed with the Dean, and to ensure that you receive your picture.
12 p.m. (noon): The procession to Hall F will begin promptly at 12:00 pm (noon).
The IUPUI Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday May 11, 2019, at 10:00 am in Lucas Oil Stadium. Students are to report to the stadium at 8:00 am (robed). The procession will begin promptly at 9:00 am.
All students participating in one or both MUST have a cap and gown. MSW Graduates will be hooded at the IUSSW Ceremony. Be sure to bring your hood with you to the ceremony. The hood is included when you purchase your cap and gown.
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Held in the IUPUI Campus Center near the Barnes and Noble Bookstore @ IUPUI. Tuesday, March 5th - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 6th – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Although there is sufficient public parking in the area, parking may be problematic. Early arrivals will be most successful in securing parking close to the ICC. Students and guests with disabilities can use the special entrance on Capitol Avenue; this entrance is clearly marked.
Special arrangements can be made by calling the Commencement Hot Line at 317-278-1700.
Interpreters for the hearing impaired will be present at both ceremonies.
BSW and MSW Students in the top 35% of their graduating class are invited to join Kappa Gamma Phi Alpha Honor Society. Those meeting the requirement will be recognized during the IUSSW School Recognition Ceremony on May 10th and will be notified shortly.
2019 graduates at the BSW and MSW level who are recipients of the honor will be listed in the School of Social Work’s School Recognition program and will be presented a Medallion at the SWK Recognition Ceremony.
Note: If you were inducted into Phi Alpha in 2018, you are welcome to wear your Phi Alpha Medallions at both the 2019 SWK School Recognition and IUPUI Commencement Ceremonies.
BSW and Labor Studies Students graduating in the upper 10% of their class will be recognized as graduating with Honors. Graduates receiving Honors will be notified by mail. BSW Honor cords may be picked up in the BSW Student Services Office of Katrina Patterson (ES 4134B) the week preceding Commencement. Labor Studies honor chords may be picked up in room AD2020U, see Pat Hill. MSW Students are not awarded honors.
Graduates receiving School of Social Work Honors will also be recognized as a group at the IUSSW School Recognition Ceremony.
Diploma covers, without the diplomas, will be distributed at IUPUI’s Main Ceremony ONLY.
Students must present a valid ID in order to pick up their diploma:
Students who have opted to have their diplomas mailed will receive them beginning the week after May 27th .
The Bursars will hold a diploma if there is a balance due on an account.
Out of respect for all of our graduates on this special day, we kindly ask that you make sure your cell phones are silenced, or turned off for the entirety of the School Recognition and Commencement ceremonies.