UM SSW Convocation Information For 2017 May (Spring), July (Summer) and 2016 December (Fall) Graduates
Convocation is the ceremony for all Social Work graduates; it is during this ceremony that you will walk across the stage, be hooded by faculty and have photographs taken.
When: Friday, May 19, 2017
Where: Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric - 140 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
Time: 9 AM -- Doors to the Lyric open at 8 AM [graduates need to arrive no later than 8:30 AM--and please note that there will be no food or beverage service available at the Lyric]
Tickets: Each graduate will receive 4 tickets to convocation. A distribution plan for tickets will be announced in mid-March.
Parking: We recommend parking at The Fitzgerald Garage located at 80 W. Oliver Street (between Mt. Royal Avenue and Maryland Avenue) The Garage is a block north of the Lyric and has plentiful spaces available.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore's Commencement
Commencement is a ceremony for all UMB students which takes place in the afternoon (after the School of Social Work convocation), diplomas will be distributed following the ceremony (at the Arena)
Commencement begins at the Royal Farms Arena at 2 p.m. the same day. Graduates are invited to participate in a Party in the Park (in Plaza Park, across from SSW) with other UMB graduating students from 11:30am to 1pm. Students and faculty will then process from the park to the Arena at 1:15pm.
There is no limit to the number of family members and friends that can attend this event.
Please note that July 2017 graduates will not be listed in the commencement program, nor will July graduates be able to pick up their diploma on May 19th.
MAY (SPRING) GRADUATES:
Deadline to file an Application for Diploma is FEBRUARY 5, 2017.
Filing an Application for Diploma is mandatory and can be submitted online through SURFS (instructions are sent to all students via their campus e-mail account). Links become active later in 2016: www.simsweb.umaryland.edu/umbhtml/diplomaapp.html
PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolled in an extended field placement you’re considered a July (Summer) graduate.
JULY (SUMMER) GRADUATES:
You MUST select “Summer” on your Application for Diploma as your expected date of graduation. If you plan to participate in the May ceremonies you must apply between March 1 and April 1 in order to receive tickets to the SSW event. Do not apply earlier than March 1. The deadline for Summer graduates is June 4, 2017 for those not participating. (Please note: Extended Advanced Field Practicum students and Advanced Standing students taking summer courses are considered Summer graduates.)
July graduates may participate in both the SSW Convocation and UMB Commencement ceremonies. July graduates ARE listed in the SSW Convocation program but are NOT listed in the UMB Commencement program as you will not receive your diploma until after you complete your studies in July.
UMB diplomas will be presented to May graduates at the UMB-wide Commencement.
Diplomas may be picked-up in the UMB Office of the Registrar located at 601 West Lombard Street (HS/HSL Second Floor) after May 20. All remaining diplomas will be mailed in early June.
Diplomas for July (Summer) graduates are mailed in late August.
Students picking up tickets should have already filed an Application for Diploma as these forms are used to compile the List of Graduates.
Students should bring their ID card or some form of picture ID to obtain their (4) allotted tickets. All guests must have a ticket in his or her possession to be admitted to the Convocation Ceremony. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. If extra tickets are available, a plan for distribution will be announced in the Daily Bulletin in May 2017.
We encourage using our Facebook page for those seeking extra tickets.
Specific instructions for obtaining your convocation tickets will be provided in mid- March 2017. Please check back at that time.
Please note that tickets are not necessary for the afternoon campus ceremony at the Baltimore Arena.
Each year, the UMB School of Social Work honors three students for outstanding achievement within the school and community; 1 each for Clinical, Macro and Field Practice. Students may be nominated by faculty, staff, students and/or field instructors. Cast your vote today!
Please use the guidelines below and provide a summary of why you feel the nominated student is deserving of the award.
Nominee must be graduating in December 2016, May 2017 or July 2017
Demonstrated exemplary leadership
Been involved in volunteer activites that have motivated and inspired others
Been a success in advocating for others or organizations
Made a significant contribution to an organization or agency
Made a significant contribution to various client populations
Shown commitment to social change and action
If you have marked your name, major, attendance or degree as Confidential on the Directory Options in SURFS, your name will not appear in any campus Commencement publications. If that’s not what you want, you need to change the settings before April 30.
We can’t verify your attendance or graduation for future employers without your written consent if your name, major, attendance or degree are marked confidential.
To change confidentiality settings for directory information, logon to Surfs http://www.simsweb.umaryland.edu/ and go to the Personal Information menu and click on Update Directory Options
A graduation fair will be held at the Seven Scholars bookstore on April 3rd and 4th 2017, 12-6pm.
Graduates may also order regalia online via Oakhall; the link is now active. Students using the online ordering system must purchase a "complete outfit." To order individual pieces of regalia, you must go in person to the bookstore.
If you have been an active participant in the Student Government Association and/or an SGA supported group, you will be able to purchase a cord recognizing this distinction. SGA cords are red and white and cost $15. Cords will need to be pre-ordered by May 4th; to order email Suzanne Galinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the bookstore directly at 410-706-7788.
Traditional academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel and robe/hood) is required. Graduates are required to drape their hood across their right arm when proceeding into the ceremony hall and when crossing the stage. Once on stage, a faculty member places the hood on the graduate then the graduate is honored by Dean Barth. Full academic regalia is also worn at the UMB Commencement.