Graduation


2022 School of Social Welfare Master of Social Work and PhD Hooding Ceremony

2022 KU School of Social Welfare Bachelor of Social Work Recognition Ceremony

School of Social Welfare Recognition Ceremonies

We are excited to be able to hold in-person ceremonies for our BSW, MSW and PhD graduates in May 2022. Because the last two years ceremonies were required by University administration to be held virtually, we want to invite those graduates to join us this May.  

Inviting all BSW, MSW and PhD graduates from:

  • 2019 August, 2019 December, 2020 May Graduates
  • 2020 August, 2020 December, 2021 May Graduates
  • 2021 August, 2021 December, 2022 May, August 2022 Graduates

School of Social Welfare Master of Social Work and PhD Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 13, 2022
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (graduates check-in by noon)
Lied Center

Ceremony will be streamed live on the Lied Center webpage.  

  • MSW and PhD 2021 August, 2021 December, 2022 May, and 2022 August Graduates must apply for graduation (AFG) on Enroll & Pay by March 1, 2022.
  • MSW and PhD 2020 August, 2020 December, 2021 May Graduates wanting to participate must register to attend by April 29, 2022
  • MSW and PhD 2019 August, 2019 December, 2020 May Graduates wanting to participate must register to attend by April 29, 2022.

School of Social Welfare Bachelor of Social Work Recognition Ceremony
Friday, May 13, 2022
3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (graduates check-in by 2:45 p.m.)
Lied Center

Ceremony will be streamed live on the Lied Center webpage

  • BSW 2021 August, 2021 December, 2022 May, and 2022 August Graduates must apply for graduation (AFG) on Enroll & Pay by March 1, 2022.
  • BSW 2020 August, 2020 December, 2021 May Graduates wanting to participate must register to attend by April 29, 2022.
  • BSW 2019 August, 2019 December, 2020 May Graduates wanting to participate must register to attend by April 29, 2022.

Graduation Stoles

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and the Toni Johnson Center for Racial & Social Justice at the School are excited to announce that they will be purchasing graduation stoles for graduatingstudents who are Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Color and/orLGBTQIA+ as a celebration of your culture, heritage, identities, and success. They began this tradition in 2019 and it has been such a wonderful way to share in your celebration.

Any School of Social Welfare student (BSW, MSW, or PhD) who will be graduating in May/Summer 2022 (or who graduated in 2020/2021), and who wishes to order a graduation stole that represents your identities in one or both of these groups, please do so by March 28 at the latest. Getting your order in by this date will ensure we have time to place the large order and have it shipped to you.  You will not be charged for the stole. The DEI Council and Toni Johnson Center are happy to gift it to you.

International students: Please contact Meg Paceley directly at mpaceley@ku.edu to order a stole that reflects your home country. We can order these, but it is a bit more complex, so best to work on this one on one with Dr. Paceley. 

All other orders, please order with this Stole Order Form.

Accommodation Needs

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend the 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 29, 2022, at vhawley@ku.edu or 785-864-3804 (TTY: 711).

University Ceremonies 

Graduate Studies Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 7 p.m.
This year's ceremony will invite doctoral recipients who would have been eligible to attend the 2020 or 2021 ceremonies (Summer 2019-Fall 2021 graduates). If you are a doctoral recipient from these semesters, you will receive additional information from Graduate Studies via email the first week in March.
Registration is required. Registration opens March 3 to April 4.

University of Kansas Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 15, 2022
10:30 a.m.
Memorial Stadium
No tickets or registration required

Important Information for School of Social Welfare Ceremonies

  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, you must apply by March 1. The KU Commencement Program will include names of graduates from the previous summer and fall, and anticipated graduates in spring. For May 2022, the program will include graduates from August 2021, December 2021, and May 2022. Graduates’ names will be printed in the program if the Apply for Degree has been completed in Enroll & Pay by the March 1 deadline.
         
      2. The School Recognition Ceremony program follows the same requirements as the University Commencement program, so if you are a August 2021, December 2021, May 2022, or August 2022 graduate, you must complete the AFG by March 1 for your name to be printed in the School program. Past graduates from August 2019, December 2019, May 2020, August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 do not have to take further action. These names will be printed in this year's program automatically. 
         
      3. This year's graduates, if you missed the March 1 AFG 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. BSW 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. MSW 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. Doctoral 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. Graduation Stoles
    1. Graduation Stoles

      The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and the Toni Johnson Center for Racial & Social Justice at the School are excited to announce that they will be purchasing graduation stoles for graduatingstudents who are Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Color and/orLGBTQIA+ as a celebration of your culture, heritage, identities, and success. They began this tradition in 2019 and it has been such a wonderful way to share in your celebration.

      Any School of Social Welfare student (BSW, MSW, or PhD) who will be graduating in May/Summer 2022 (or who graduated in 2020/2021), and who wishes to order a graduation stole that represents your identities in one or both of these groups, please do so by March 28 at the latest. Getting your order in by this date will ensure we have time to place the large order and have it shipped to you.  You will not be charged for the stole. The DEI Council and Toni Johnson Center are happy to gift it to you.

      International students: Please contact Meg Paceley directly at mpaceley@ku.edu to order a stole that reflects your home country. We can order these, but it is a bit more complex, so best to work on this one on one with Dr. Paceley. 

      All other orders, please order with this Stole Order Form.

  4. Accessibility Accommodations: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend the 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 29, 2022, at vhawley@ku.edu or 785-864-3804 (TTY: 711).
  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 13
    2. B.S.W. graduates arrive by 2:45 p.m. on Friday, May 13
       
  2. Please be wearing your regalia when you arrive. KU Bookstores at the Kansas Union in Lawrence and the KU Medical Center are the official suppliers of regalia. Visit the KU Bookstores website for more details. Each fall and spring, the KU Bookstore holds Grad Fairs, and graduates are encouraged to attend and purchase regalia, announcements, diploma frames, etc. The spring grad fairs are usually scheduled the week after spring break in March. Check with the KU Bookstores for more details. 
     

    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.
         
    5. Regalia Closet

      1. The School has started a Regalia Closet and has various regalia items that you may borrow if needed. Please contact Kristin Trendel at katrendel@ku.edu to inquire further. Also, should you wish, you may donate your gown and/or cap following the Recognition Ceremony. The regalia collected will be placed in the Regalia Closet and made available in future years for graduates to borrow. If you plan to participate in KU’s Commencement on Sunday and would like to donate your regalia at another time, bins will be placed on the 2nd Floor of Twente Hall outside of room 216 from May 16-20 for collection.

  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. We will add more information regarding photography once we know more. 
     
  6. At the end of the program, there will be a faculty recessional, followed by a student recessional. (Just follow the leader.)
  • 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 May 1, 2020, at vhawley@ku.edu or 785-864-3804 (TTY: 711).

If you are unable to attend both ceremonies, please email Kristin Trendel at katrendel@ku.edu

Arrive by 12:30 p.m. for the Master's of Social Work and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 13

Arrive by 3:00 p.m. for the Bachelor of Social Work Recognition Ceremony on May 13

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. The School will provide a lite lunch 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 and the KU Medical Center. Deadline for faculty to place rental orders is March 25, 2022. Each fall and spring, the KU Bookstore holds Grad Fairs, and graduates are encouraged to attend and purchase regalia, announcements, diploma frames, etc. The spring grad fairs are scheduled usually scheduled the week after spring break in March. Check with the KU Bookstores for more details. 




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