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Commencement Ceremonies

The School of Social Work holds three commencement exercises for MSW students per academic year. These commencement exercises are held at the end of the fall, winter, and spring/summer terms in accordance with University policy.

By holding the School of Social Work exercises (fall and winter only) during the same weekend as the University-wide exercises, students and their families are given the opportunity to participate in both exercises and related activities on campus.

A graduation planning task group is formed at the beginning of the fall, winter, and spring/summer terms as a subgroup of the School's student services/graduation committee. The graduation planning task groups comprise student volunteers, staff members from the Office of Student Services, and one faculty member that serves at the faculty chair of the graduation committee. Details are provided to degree candidates several months before graduation.

International Students

The University of Michigan will provide a letter of invitation to assist graduates whose parents are applying for a visa in order to attend the commencement ceremony. To obtain a letter follow these steps:

  1. Prior to submitting a request for a letter of invitation, the graduating student should apply for graduation via Wolverine Access.
  2. Visit the International Center website for an overview of documents needed to apply for a visa.
  3. After successfully applying for graduation and visiting the International Center website, please request the letter(s) of invitation by completing the online request form.

The letter from the University is mailed to the graduate, who can then forward it to the parents for use in documenting their visa request. Please allow four weeks to receive the letter.

Upcoming Commencement Ceremonies

  • School of Social Work Commencement »

    April 28, 2018 - 1:30pm

    SSW Spring Commencement will be held at the Power Center. A light reception will immediately follow in the Power Center Lobby.

    All MSW degree candidates and PhD in Social Work & Social Science degree candidates planning to graduate in April 2018 are encouraged to participate in ...

  • School of Social Work Commencement »

    July 28, 2018 - 10:00am

    SSW Summer Commencement will be held at Hill Auditorium. A light reception will immediately follow at the School of Social Work in the Educational Conference Center (ECC).

    All MSW degree candidates and PhD in Social Work & Social Science degree candidates planning to graduate in August 2018 are ...

  • School of Social Work Commencement »

    December 15, 2018 - 10:00am

    SSW Winter Commencement will be held at Hill Auditorium. A reception will immediately follow in the Michigan League Ballroom.

    All MSW degree candidates and PhD in Social Work & Social Science degree candidates planning to graduate in December 2018 are encouraged to participate in ...

  • School of Social Work Commencement »

    May 4, 2019

    SSW Spring Commencement will be held at the Power Center. A light reception will immediately follow in the Power Center Lobby.

    All MSW degree candidates and PhD in Social Work & Social Science degree candidates planning to graduate in April 2019 are encouraged to participate in ...

  • School of Social Work Commencement »

    July 27, 2019 - 10:00am

    SSW Summer Commencement will be held at Hill Auditorium. A light reception will immediately follow at the School of Social Work in the Educational Conference Center (ECC).

    All MSW degree candidates and PhD in Social Work & Social Science degree candidates planning to graduate in August 2019 are ...

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