University of Connecticut


Dear Potential December, May, and August (including summer block) Graduates:

You have worked hard to earn your degree and we look forward to your participation in the Recognition and Commencement Ceremonies to celebrate your accomplishment. Please note that Academic Honors are not recognized at either of these ceremonies.

School of Social Work Recognition Ceremony:
This is an unofficial ceremony where MSW students are hooded by SSW faculty and PhD students are recognized.
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
The Bushnell Theatre
Hartford, Connecticut
Please note, tickets are limited to 4 per student.

Graduate School Commencement Ceremony
This is an official ceremony for all University of Connecticut Graduate programs, SSW students will be recognized on stage by the school’s Dean.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Gampel Pavilion
Storrs, Connecticut

Please note, tickets are limited to 10 per student.
Please check this website regularly for important graduation information

Applying for Graduation

Students must apply for graduation by logging into their student administration account and selecting the appropriate dropdown box, entitled “Apply for Graduation” located in the student center. This should be done in the semester you plan to graduate. If you want to double check to ensure your submission was received, you can try and apply again and if you cannot you are all set.

Back to Top

Focused Area of Study/UConn Certificate Program

Students who will have completed the requirements for a focused area of study or a UConn certificate program should review the requirement for a focused area of study. Students must fill out and print the application and return it to the Office of Student & Academic Services, Room 130, by March 13, 2015.

   Focused Areas of Study | 2014-2015

   Focused Area of Study and UConn Certificate Programs Audit Application Form

Back to Top

Financial Aid

Student Exit Counseling

Students who have borrowed a Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford or Federal Graduate PLUS Loan are required to complete Exit Counseling shortly before graduating, leaving school, or dropping below half-time status.

Federal Stafford and/or Federal Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers

Click on the link below if you borrowed a Federal Stafford and/or Federal Graduate PLUS loan while at UConn. One exit counseling session will satisfy the requirements for both of these loan types.

Note: Federal Stafford and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers must complete their Exit Counseling online through

Once on the website, click the “Sign In” link, then the “Complete Counseling” link, then the “Exit Counseling” link and follow the instructions. Be sure to select the University of Connecticut (school code 00141700 for all borrowers, including School of Law and Social Work students). Once you are finished, you will be required to complete biographical information that will be transmitted electronically to the school and your loan guarantor or loan servicer. Be sure to print the confirmation page you will receive at the end of the online counseling session.

If you have any questions as you complete the counseling requirements you may contact our office via e-mail, by phone at 860.486.2819, or email us at

Back to Top

Reader Card

MSW students who plan to attend the SSW Recognition Ceremony must obtain a reader card from their student mailboxes located on the second floor. Please complete both sides of the card. This card will be used as a method to help the MSW Program Director pronounce each student’s name correctly and will allow your graduation pictures to be mailed to the appropriate address. Students will be notified by email when the reader cards are available and when they are due.


The School of Social Work Recognition Ceremony is a special unofficial ceremony, which is a wonderful way to celebrate your accomplishments with your peers, family and friends. The Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Each MSW graduate is recognized on stage and hooded by members of the School of Social Work faculty and PhD students are recognized by the Zachs Chair of Social Work. December 2014, May 2015 and August 2015 graduates including approved summer block students can participate in this ceremony. Please carefully read the information below regarding the graduation ceremony.

Back to Top

Academic Regalia (Gown, Cap and Hood)

By participating in the Recognition or Commencement ceremony, you are required to wear the appropriate cap, gown, and hood that correspond with the University of Connecticut graduate degree being conferred. The cost of the regalia is $59.99 plus tax. Please order your regalia from the Greater Hartford UConn Co-op by April 17th. You will also need to pick up your regalia from the Greater Hartford UConn Co-op. Please order early in case you require a custom gown, sizing of gowns by UConn Co-op staff is available in person.

Master’s participants will be hooded by faculty during the ceremony. The hood should be neatly folded over the candidate’s left arm throughout the ceremony, until you are hooded.

The Greater Hartford UConn Co-op will be having a Grad Fair on Tuesday, March 31st from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Students will be able to order and try on regalia, view and purchase diploma frames at a special discount that day only and they will have some Class of 2015 merchandise. The Co-op also carries School of Social Work merchandise year-round such as clothing and mugs. Students don’t have to order their cap and gown at the Grad Fair as you can do it in advance starting after Spring Break by stopping by the Greater Hartford Co-op. Keep an eye on your UConn email for more information.

The Co-op’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Spring Break hours will be Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please call 860.570.9197 for any questions.

Back to Top

Guest Tickets and Guest Accommodations

Each student will need to pick up their 4 tickets at The Bushnell located on 166 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, 06106. A license or school ID must be presented when picking up your tickets.

Tickets can be picked up from March 9th to April 17th. At the time of requesting tickets, special accommodations, if needed, will need to be given by the student at that time. Please specify if the individual will be using a walker, wheelchair or has limited mobility and cannot walk stairs. If tickets are not picked up by April 17th, they will be made available as extra tickets to all graduating students.

Tickets are issued on a first-come, first served basis and will be issued from the front of theater to the back consecutively.

Additional Ticket – If additional tickets are available, one additional ticket will be given to students on a first come, first served basis. This can be done by bringing your license or school ID to the Bushnell to pick up your extra ticket. Please be mindful that the additional ticket being issued will not be seated by the original seats that were assigned to you. An email will be sent by the UConn School of Social Work notifying students if extra tickets are available.

Lost Ticket/s – If you happen to lose a ticket that was issued to you for graduation, please contact The Bushnell directly at 860.987.5900. Please be prepared to provide them with your name and the numbers of the other tickets you have in your possession.

The Bushnell Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 2 pm
Closed on holidays

Back to Top



From the North or South, take I-91 to Exit 29A (Capitol Area). Go halfway around the rotary, and bear right onto Elm Street. Take the first left onto West Street. Turn right onto Capitol Avenue and continue one block to The Bushnell.

From the East, take I-84 West to Exit 50 (Main Street). At the second light, turn left onto Main Street. At the tenth light, turn right onto Capitol Avenue. Continue three blocks to The Bushnell.

From the West, take I-84 East to Exit 48B (Capitol Avenue/Asylum Street). Bear right onto Capitol Avenue. At the light, turn left onto Capitol Avenue. Continue one block to The Bushnell.


Secure parking is available directly across the street in the State of Connecticut parking lots along Capitol Avenue. Please look for prominently displayed signage. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Valet Parking is available at a cost of $10 per vehicle.

Back to Top


GradImages is the official photographer for our Recognition Ceremony. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800.261.2576 or by contacting a customer service team member through their website at

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. Also, if students pre-register for graduation you will receive a coupon in your email for $5 off a $25 or more order, see next bullet. Email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

To Pre-Register for Graduation, visit and click the “Pre-Event Registration” link near the bottom of the page. Type the name of your school in the “School/Organization” box and hit “Submit.” (A list of individual schools/events within the University of Connecticut will be listed, and they will need to click on “Univ. of Connecticut-Social Work Spring.”) Once you click this link, fill out the requested information. You can also add up to six email addresses of friends or family members. They will be notified when your photos are available to be viewed online. Once you complete the pre-event registration, you will be emailed a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more that you can use toward your graduation photos. If you have any questions, please call our Customer Service department at 800.261.2576.

Members of the audience using hand-held cameras may take photos during the ceremonies from areas reserved for that purpose. In order to accommodate everyone, individuals are requested to move to those areas for only a short interval and then return to their seats. If students, their friends or family have questions, they can email their questions to

Back to Top

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wear a graduation stole?

Students are able to wear a stole of their choice. The School does not facilitate this process; however, there are a few GSO sub-organizations who do such as PRIDE, LASO and OBSWS. Please refer to to identify the appropriate leaders.

Does the School recognize academic honors?

No, academic honors are not recognized.

When do I receive my diploma?

Once semester grades are submitted and processed, a review of all graduate transcripts will occur to ensure the requirements for the MSW degree have been met. Once all potential MSW graduate transcripts are reviewed, the information is sent to Storrs for diploma printing. Expected time of diploma mailing from the main campus in Storrs is mid-fall.

How can I prove I have met my graduation requirements prior to receiving my diploma?

Once all final spring grades are submitted and processed, conferrals will be documented on each student’s academic transcript. Official transcripts can be requested through the UConn Student Administration System.

How long does the ceremony last?

Approximately 2 hours

What time should I arrive?

Please plan to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m.

Coffee, tea and water will be available to students.

What should I bring with me to the ceremony?

Limited items should be carried since there will be no place to store items. Please leave personal items with family.

What should I do when I arrive?

Students are required to check in at the registration table to pick up your reader card, PhD students do not pick reader cards. Proceed to the Great Hall room to mix, mingle and take pictures with your peers. Family and friends are not allowed in this area.

How will the graduates be lined up for the processional?

Students will be lined up by method (administration, casework, community organization, group work and policy practice). Once that is done, there is no particular order students need to be in for the processional.

Where will the graduates be seated during the ceremony?

The students will be located behind faculty on stage.

How will students be recognized?

PhD students will be recognized by the Zachs Director and MSW students will be called by method and will line up accordingly to be recognized. You will give Dr. Brenda Kurz, MSW Program Director, your reader card that you will receive upon check-in. As you are being announced you will be hooded by faculty.

What time should my guests arrive?

Admission for seating of guests is at 9:45 a.m.

If I am interested in attending the UConn Graduate Commencement what should I do?

Please go to and follow all of the instructions. Please contact the Graduate School directly if you have any questions regarding this ceremony.

Back to Top

We look forward to sharing your special day!