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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

  1. School of Social Work Commencement »

    December 16, 2017 - 10:00am

    SSW Fall 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 2017 are encouraged to participate in Fall Commencement. Graduates with accessibility concerns should contact the Office of Student Services as soon as possible at ssw.msw.info@umich.edu or 734-936-0961.

    Additional information will be provided soon.

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