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Date Time Event Location
Thurs, May 2, 2019 4:00-6:00 PM  CSW Family & Friends Graduation Celebration CSW Okazaki Meeting Room (155 A&B)
Thurs, May 2, 2019 5:00 PM Assemble for Commencement Ceremony MBH Parking Lot
Thurs, May 2, 2019 6:00 PM General Commencement Ceremony J.M. Huntsman Center
Friday, May 3, 2019 11:00 AM Assemble for College Convocation Ceremony Park Building
Friday, May 3, 2019 12:00 PM College Convocation Ceremony Kingsbury Hall
Please see below for details

Family and Friend Graduation Celebration
The College of Social Work is excited to host the first-ever Family and Friend Graduation Celebration! This is an opportunity for graduating social work students to celebrate their academic accomplishments with family, friends, faculty, and staff who supported them throughout their time at the College. This event will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Okazaki Community Meeting Room (Room 155 A & B). This event is free and open to our graduates and all their guests, but we do ask for an RSVP for planning purposes. Please RSVP by April 18, 2019. For questions about this event, feel free to contact Kailey Tetrick (

University of Utah’s General Commencement
The University of Utah General Commencement is the campus-wide opening ceremony for graduation, kicking off many events across campus and serving as a collective celebration of the University community and the collective accomplishments of the graduating class. Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. This University-wide ceremony will confer all College degrees (except degrees awarded by the College of Law and School of Medicine) en masse. Social work degrees will be accepted by the dean of the College of Social Work on behalf of social work graduates.

Graduates attending the General Commencement Ceremony should arrive in cap and gown by 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot south of Milton Bennion Hall. Groups will assemble in four separate lines by college and by degrees. Staff members from Student Affairs will be on hand to assist graduates. The processional will begin at 5:50 p.m. Guests should plan to be seated before 5:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the Commencement Information page.

Convocation Ceremony 
The University of Utah College of Social Work’s Convocation Ceremony will be held at Kingsbury Hall on Friday, May 3, 2019, beginning at 12:00 p.m. All students participating in the ceremony will have ceremonial degrees conferred upon them (official diplomas will be sent to graduates via mail). Details below.

Live Streaming Video
The College of Social Work’s Convocation Ceremony is streamed live through this page. During the event, click on the “live stream” play button. Video of the event is available for free download a day or two after the ceremony.

Click here to DOWNLOAD the 2019 Graduation

*Please note, the video may not be available yet, Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) will upload as soon as possible.*

Reader Cards
Reader cards are used to announce a graduate’s name during the Convocation Ceremony and to identify students in photos.

Graduates must fill out reader card information online by March 22, 2019.

Click here to fill out your reader card online

Please note: the Convocation Ceremony program lists graduates by degree and semester of graduation. This information goes to print by the end of March, so if students have not applied for graduation by then, their names will not be listed in the printed program.

Cap and Gown Orders
Regalia is required for both Convocation and Commencement. College of Social Work graduates can purchase a black gown and a black cap with a light yellow/maize tassel, the MSW hoods (light yellow/maize trim), and PhD hoods at the University Campus Store (Bookstore). Special caps and gowns are also available if desired. The Graduates are encouraged to pre-order the regalia at the Bookstore’s web page and pick up their order during the University Campus Store’s Graduation Regalia Fair, held March 28-30th, 2019, at the Campus Store. Here you will be able to pick up your cap and gown, sign up for the alumni association, and participate in activities to win a free class ring, diploma frame, announcements, and more. For questions regarding regalia, please contact Dionne Gordillo at 801-581-5368.

Line-up of Graduates and Processional
To participate in the College of Social Work’s Convocation Ceremony, graduates should arrive (in cap and gown) in front of the Park Building, located on President’s Circle, by 11:00 a.m. The tassel is worn on the right side of the cap and moved to the left side after the graduate accepts his/her diploma. The PhD hood should not be worn, but should be folded and carried over an arm.

BSW graduates should gather on the north end of the plaza. MSW graduates should gather in the center of the plaza, in front of the steps of the Park Building. PhD graduates should gather to the south of the Park Building steps.

Graduates will participate in a group photo, receive final instructions, and receive reader cards. Photographers from the College will organize the group pictures. Immediately following the group photo, students will line up in alphabetical order for the processional. College of Social Work personnel will be available to guide graduates in the final line-up. The order of the processional (which begins promptly at 11:55 a.m.) will be as follows: BSW, MSW, PhD, those to be seated on the stage who are participating in the convocation program, and faculty.

Kingsbury doors will open around 11:15 a.m. The processional begins promptly at 11:55 a.m. Guests are asked to avoid the entrance and lobby of Kingsbury Hall during the processional.

In the event of stormy weather, students should go directly to the west side of Kingsbury Hall and meet inside the building on the lower level.

PhD Hooding Procedures (PhD Students Only)
The director of doctoral studies will read the names of PhD graduates and the hooding will be done by the CSW dean and the committee chair.

Island Photography has been authorized to photograph all students, as individuals, and of the official awarding of the diploma and/or hooding ceremony. Please note that graduates are under no obligation to purchase these photographs. Using the information provided on reader cards, Island Photography will email graduates a secure link and a PIN to view and order photos. Graduates will also have the option to register the email addresses of friends and relatives so they will be provided with a direct link to proofs. For more information about Island Photography photos, please see: Island Photography customer service: 800-869-0908 or

Guest Seating
Guest seating at Kingsbury Hall is limited and the ceremony is ticketed. Graduates can collect tickets from Kailey Tetrick in room 107 of College of Social Work once they are available (exact date TBA, beginning to mid-April).  Only the graduate is able to collect their tickets and they must have a photo ID present at the time of pickup. Every graduate from the College of Social Work will be allotted at least 4 tickets for their guests and they are responsible for distributing the tickets to the guests of their choice. If graduates don’t believe they will use their tickets, they are encouraged to leave their extra tickets with Kelly so that he can distribute them to students requesting more than 4 tickets. Everyone who wishes to guarantee a seat in Kingsbury Hall,  must have a ticket, including babies in arms. Tickets only guarantee admission into Kingsbury Hall for graduation until 10 minutes after graduation begins. Anyone without a ticket, lost or otherwise, will be invited to the standby line or overflow live broadcast seating in Gardner Hall adjacent to Kingsbury Hall, which accommodates an additional 600 guests. Graduates unable to collect their tickets in person due to extenuating circumstances or their location (e.g. St. George Cohort, Distance Ed., Online Program), can contact Kailey Tetrick , no later than April 12th, 2019, to arrange mail delivery of their tickets, (

The academic processional will begin promptly at 11:55 a.m. Families and guests should be seated by that time and remain in the auditorium during the processional. Guests are asked to avoid the entrance and lobby of Kingsbury Hall during the processional. Please be aware that Kingsbury Hall will be available for seating beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m. Inside Kingsbury Hall, seating will be roped off for graduates. Family members and guests will not be allowed to sit in the roped off areas. NOTE: the seating in the front row is reserved for guests who wish to take pictures and immediately return to their seats.

Special Seating and Accommodations
Graduates needing special accommodations (including individuals in wheelchairs and those who have limited mobility) attending the College of Social Work’s Convocation Ceremony can request accommodations by contacting Kailey Tetrick,

Graduates need to be prepared, at the time of ticket pick up, to provide requests for special accommodations for their guests . This can include, but is not limited to: wheelchair seating, ASL interpreters, limited mobility with walkers, canes, etc. or anything that may require special arrangements.

Free parking is available for you and your attending guests at Rice-Eccles Stadium (approximately two blocks south of Kingsbury Hall) with a free shuttle service to-and-from Kingsbury Hall. A map will be provided with the tickets.

More Information
Graduation Requirements and Application: 
Earning Honors At Graduation: 
University of Utah Campus Map: 

College of Social Work staff can answer questions about program-specific graduation requirements and procedures:

BSW: Delva Hommes, 801-581-4239,
MSW: Inka Johnson, 801-581-4908, 
PhD: Mirela Rankovic, 801-585-5979, 

CSW Graduation Coordinator: Kailey Tetrick, 801-581-8827, 
CSW Graduation Coordinator: Cagney Smullin, 801-581-6666, 

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Last Updated: 4/23/19