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School of Social Welfare Recognition Events

School of Social Welfare Master's of Social Work and PhD Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 17, 2019
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (graduates check-in by noon)
Lied Center
Apply for graduation (AFG) on Enroll & Pay by March 1

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School of Social Welfare Bachelor of Social Work Recognition Ceremony
Friday, May 17, 2019
3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (graduates check-in by 2:45 p.m.)
Lied Center
Apply for graduation (AFG) on Enroll & Pay by March 1.

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More Information Regarding School Recognition Events

Grad Preparation
  1. Apply for graduation (AFG) on Enroll & Pay. (Note: Completing the AFG does not mean course requirements are complete and your graduation is approved.)
    1. By March 1
      1. If you would like to be listed in the University Commencement program and/or the School of Social Welfare's Graduation Ceremony program as well as receive your diploma in July, you must apply by March 1.
        1. The School of Social Welfare Recognition Ceremony held in May will recognize those students who are graduates from the previous fall and anticipated graduates in spring and summer.  For May 2019, we will recognize graduates from December 2018, May 2019, and August 2019.  Graduates’ names will be printed in the School of Social Welfare Recognition Program if the Apply for Degree has been completed in Enroll & Pay by the March 1 deadline.

        2.   The KU Commencement Program will include names of graduates from the previous summer and fall, and anticipated graduates in spring.  For May 2019, the program will include graduates from August 2018, December 2018, and May 2019.  Graduates’ names will be printed in the  Program if the Apply for Degree has been completed in Enroll & Pay by the March 1 deadline.

        3. Students who graduate in the upcoming summer or fall are welcome to walk down the Hill in May and participate in KU’s Commencement Ceremony; however, their names will not appear in the program until the next year.

    2. By May 11
      1. If you missed the March 1 deadline you will not be listed in the programs; however, you still need to apply for graduation on Enroll & Pay or your degree cannot be certified and you will not officially graduate this year.
  2. Regalia Rental or Purchase
    1. To participate in the ceremonies at KU the proper regalia is required. All items can be ordered at the KU Bookstores.
      1. B.S.W regalia includes caps, gowns and tassels to be recognized. Your cap and gown should be black. The tassel will be citron, the color for the academic discipline of social work.
      2. M.S.W. regalia includes cap, gown, tassel and hood. Your cap, tassel and gown should be black. The hood will be citron, the color for the academic discipline of social work.
      3. Ph.D. regalia includes a doctoral gown, doctoral hood and an eight sided velvet tam with black stubby tassel. The hood will be crimson and blue, the official colors of the University of Kansas.
  3. Accessibility Accommodations
    1. By May 3
      1. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Valerie Hawley, KU School of Social Welfare marketing director, by May 3, 2019, at vhawley@ku.edu or 785-864-3804 (TTY: 711).
School Recognition Day (May 17) Information for Graduates
  1. Check-in inside the Pavilion entrance (east side of the building) of the Lied Center (1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66045). Parking is free.
    1. M.S.W. graduates and Ph.D. candidates arrive by noon on Friday, May 17
    2. B.S.W. graduates arrive by 2:45 p.m. on Friday, May 17
  2. Please be wearing your regalia when you arrive. KU Bookstores at the Kansas Union in Lawrence, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and the KU Medical Center are the official suppliers of regalia. Visit the KU Bookstores website for more details. The KU Bookstore holds two university-wide grad fairs per year. The spring fair is scheduled for March 20 and 21. More details can be found here.
    1. B.S.W. wear your cap, gown and tassel
    2. M.S.W. wear your cap, gown and tassel and carry hood
    3. Ph.D. candidates wear your doctoral gown, an eight sided velvet tam with black stubby tassel and carry doctoral hood 
    4. Veteran's Honor Cord
      1. The Veteran's Honor Cord is a red, white, and blue cord worn on top of regalia. They are available to honorably discharged veterans, as well as those currently serving in the United States military, who are graduating from KU with a 3.0 GPA or greater. To receive a Veteran's Honor Cord contact Graduate Military Programs at or visit 222 Strong Hall.
  3. When you check-in, you will pick up your name card. The name cards are used to announce your name as you cross the stage and identify you in your graduation photo. Specific instructions for the ceremony will be given prior to the start event.
  4. PhD candidates participating in the School of Social Welfare Recognition Ceremony will be hooded during the ceremony.  They will process with MSW candidates into the Lied Center.  At the designated time, PhD candidates will come forward to the stage and be hooded by their faculty advisor.  They will then remain on stage sitting with the platform party.  PhD candidates are also welcome to participate in the Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony and must register for the event.
  5. Professional photographers will take your picture on stage and photos will be available for you to purchase later.
  6. At the end of the program, there will be a faculty recessional, followed by a student recessional. (Just follow the leader.)
Guest Information
  • Tickets are NOT required
  • Your guests will enter through the main entrance of the Lied Center. Once the previous ceremony guests have departed, the Lied Center ushers will open the doors for your guests to be seated.
  • About the Lied Center
    • Located at 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66045
    • Indoor facility that accommodates 1500 people
    • Parking is free. Find more information about parking here.
    • The building is completely accessible. See a Lied Center usher for the following, wheelchair accessible seating areas, aisle seating for guests who require assistance in walking, listening aid equipment and seating, and/or available seating closer to the stage for visually impaired guests who arrive when the auditorium doors open. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Valerie Hawley, KU School of Social Welfare marketing director, by April 27, 2018, at vhawley@ku.edu or 785-864-3804 (TTY: 711).
Faculty Information

Please RSVP for the ceremony you will be attending here.

Arrive by 12:30 p.m. for the Master's of Social Work and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 17

Arrive by 3:00 p.m. for the Bachelor of Social Work Recognition Ceremony on May 17

Faculty will gather in the Green Room at the Lied Center. Please enter the Lied Center (1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66045) through the Pavilion entrance (east side of the building).

If you are planning to attend both ceremonies, there will only be about a 45 minute break between ceremonies. We suggest you bring a snack as there isn't much time to leave between ceremonies.

Faculty lead the processional, sit on stage during ceremony and lead the recessional, so full regalia is required. If you choose to change into regalia once you arrive, you will be able to do so in the Green Room. There will be a coat rack and steamer available in the room. 

If you do not own regalia, you can purchase or rent regalia through the KU Bookstores at the Kansas Union in Lawrence, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and the KU Medical Center. Deadline for faculty to place rental orders is March 22. The KU Bookstore holds two university-wide grad fairs per year. The spring fair is scheduled for March 20 and 21. More details can be found here.

University Ceremonies

Graduate Studies Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 18, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Lied Center
Registration is required. Priority registration deadline is March 12, 2019.   

University of Kansas Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 19, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Memorial Stadium
No tickets or registration required

If you have any questions about the events, please contact the School of Social Welfare at 785-864-3804.

 


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