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Dear Potential December, May, and August 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 December, May and August MSW students are hooded by SSW faculty and PhD students are recognized.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
The Bushnell Theatre
160 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
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 student names will be read and students will shake the hands of dignitaries. 

Please note: August 2017 graduates will not be recognized in the program at this ceremony. Those that are recognized in the commencement program are August 2016, December 2016, and May 2017 graduates. However, August 2017 graduates can still attend. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Gampel Pavilion
2095 Hillside Road
Storrs, Connecticut 06269
Please note, tickets are limited to 7 per student.

If you are interested in attending the UConn Graduate Commencement please go to the UConn Graduate Commencement Webpage and follow all of the instructions. Please contact the Graduate School directly if you have any questions regarding this ceremony.

Please check this website regularly for updates.

Applying for Graduation

If you have not done so already, you 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. Applying for Graduation will be available for August graduates starting May 8th.

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Focused Area of Study/UConn Certificate Audit Process

Students who wish to petition for a Focused Area of Study should first review the requirements to determine if they met all criteria. If all criteria is met, students should then print and fill out the application form below and return it to the Office of Student & Academic Services, Room 130, by Friday, March 24, 2017. If you are petitioning for multiple Focused Areas of Study, please complete a separate form for each. If OSAS is closed, you can submit documents through the gold slot on the door. 

Requirements for the Focused Area of Study will not be reviewed until the end of June. Those that have fulfilled the requirements of the Focused Area of Study petitioned for will receive a letter via mail early July. The Focused Area of Study will not appear on your degree, it is verified through the letter sent.

Focused Areas of Study | 2016-2017

Focused Area of Study and UConn Certificate Programs Audit Application Form

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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 call 860.486.2819, or email

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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 the week of March 6th. Please complete by printing your information clearly on the card. This card will be used to help the announcer pronounce each student’s name correctly and will allow your graduation pictures to be mailed to the appropriate address. Please bring completed cards to Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) on or before the day of the Field Advising Seminar, Friday, March 24, 2017. If OSAS is closed, you can submit documents through the gold slot on the door. 

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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. We ask that all orders are placed no later than April 1, 2017.

Students are able to place their regalia order on-line at or in-person at the UConn Greater Hartford Bookstore. Students also have the option of placing their regalia order at the Grad Fair that will be taking place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the UConn Greater Hartford campus. Students do not have to order their cap and gown at the Grad Fair as they can do so in advance. Keep an eye on your UConn email for more information. Please note that the color of the gowns has now changed to navy blue.

The Bookstores’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. The Bookstore carries School of Social Work merchandise year-round such as clothing and mugs.

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.

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Guest Tickets and Guest Accommodations

Each student will receive 4 tickets. A license or school ID must be presented when picking up your tickets. Tickets can be picked up on the day of the Field Advising Seminar on Friday, March 24, 2017 in the School of Social Work lobby from 8:00 am – 8:45 am or from 11:15 am – 12:30 pm. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first served basis with tickets being issued from the front of theater to the back consecutively. Please note some ticket sets may be in pairs instead of 4 in a row, but will be as close to each other as possible.

If a student is unable to pick up their set of tickets on the day of the Field Advising Seminar on Friday, March 24, 2017, they are able to pick up their tickets at the Office of Student & Academic Services, room 130 of the Social Work building, the following week anytime between Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. A license or school ID must be presented when picking up your tickets. All tickets must be picked up by Friday, March 31, 2017 before the office closes at 4:30 pm.

Special accommodations, if needed, should have been sent to the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) by Friday, February 17, 2017. This email should have specified if an individual will be using a walker, wheelchair or has limited mobility and cannot walk stairs. Accessible seating is not guaranteed on the day of graduation.

Additional Ticket – If additional tickets are available, one additional ticket will be given to students on a first come, first served basis. 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 Office of Student and Academic Services 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 be prepared to provide your name and the number on your envelope, as well as the numbers of the other tickets you have in your possession. Please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at 860-570-9049 if you lose a ticket/s. After April 22nd, then call the Bushnell Box Office at 860-987-5900 regarding your lost ticket.

Babes-In-Arms – All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to gain entry into the venue. This means every single physical body needs a ticket, even infants.

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GradImages is the official graduation photographer for your ceremony. Your proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours of the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications.

Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there’s never any obligation to order, you’ll save $5 off any order of $25 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, visit

Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. If you have questions regarding proofs, please contact Customer Service at or 800-261-2576.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Conferral of Degrees

Degree conferral requires submission of a Plan of Study for the Master’s Degree by the student, that the student be in good academic standing and that all requirements for the degree have been completed satisfactorily by the deadline specified. The following schedule is as follows:

May Graduates:

All coursework and paperwork (field internship hours included) must be completed and submitted to the Graduate School by May 5, 2017. All grades must be posted on or before May 9, 2017. Degree candidates with an expected conferral date of May 6th will see their degree posted to their transcript by the end of May.

August Graduates: 

15 Hour Field Placement Students: All coursework and paperwork (field internship hours included) must be completed and have all grades posted on or before June 22, 2017. Degree candidates with an expected conferral date of August 24th will see August 24th posted to their transcript by the end of July.

Other August Graduates: All coursework and paperwork (field internship hours included) must be completed and have all grades posted on or before August 24, 2017. Degree candidates with an expected conferral date of August 24th will see their degree posted to their transcript by the end of September.

Students who qualify for degree conferral receive their diplomas by mail, normally within three (3) months following conferral.

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You cannot sit for the LMSW exam until the conferral date on your transcript. We encourage you to continue to check your transcript for the posting of your conferral. Once conferred, if you wish to request an official transcript please review the information at the following link

For important links on Connecticut’s social work licensure, please refer to the SSW Career Services site.

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The school does not automatically send transcripts. Instructions on how to request a transcript can be found on the Registrar website.