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Graduate Information

Please note that this webpage reflects current plans for the U of U commencement and CSW convocation, but all plans are subject to change due to the continued pandemic. Graduates can review the Graduate Information Sheet for a concise explanation of the information detailed on these pages.


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, MSW hoods (light yellow/maize trim), and PhD hoods at the University Campus Store. Special caps and gowns are also available if desired. 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 24-26, 2022 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. Questions may be directed to Abby Hirshberg (, 801-581-4733). 



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 5 PM on Friday, May 6. 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.

Photographers from the College will organize a group photo of all CSW graduates. Immediately following the group photo, students will line up for the processional in the following order: BSW, MSW, PhD, and those to be seated on stage. CSW personnel will be available to guide graduates in the final line-up.

Kingsbury doors will open around 5:30 PM, and the processional will begin promptly at 5:55 PM. 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.


Ph.D. Hooding Procedures

The director of doctoral studies will read the names of PhD graduates and the hooding will be done on stage by the CSW dean and the committee chair.

RSVP & Tickets

All guests will be required to have a physical ticket to enter Kingsbury Hall for the convocation ceremony. Students will need to complete the above Convocation RSVP & Ticket Form,  by April 3rd.  This form will help us determine how many guest tickets each student will get, though this number may need to change based on social distancing requirements. Student will be able to collect tickets at ticket distribution times in April, which will be announced closer to the date of graduation. Students will also pick up a blank reader card with their tickets, which they will need to fill out and bring with them on the day of convocation to have their name read aloud properly as they walk across the stage.


Guest Seating

As noted above, all guests will need a paper ticket to enter Kingsbury Hall. Students will be responsible for distributing their tickets to guests and ensuring that they bring them to convocation. Free parking will be available on campus particularly in the Merrill Engineering parking lot, where a shuttle will pick up guests and drop them off at Kingsbury Hall. Due to convocations and other events taking place at the University, there may be traffic and detours on campus so please plan accordingly. Guests and graduates may be required to wear a mask to enter Kingsbury Hall, depending on COVID-19 protocols at the time of the event.



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


Last Updated: 4/7/22