UM SSW Convocation Information For 2020 May (Spring), July (Summer) and 2019 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. All graduating students will be listed in the SSW convocation program.

When:  Friday, May 15, 2020

Where:  Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric - 140 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

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. Details to follow.

There is no limit to the number of family members and friends that can attend this event.

 Please note that July 2020 graduates WILL be listed in the commencement program.

Applying for Diploma


Deadline to file an Application for Diploma is FEBRUARY 10, 2020.

Filing an Graduation Application is mandatory, please so here.

For questions regarding the process, please contact:

Office of the Registrar

601 W. Lombard Street, Suite 240

Baltimore, MD 21201


410-706-4053 (fax)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolled in an extended field placement you’re considered a July (Summer) graduate.

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

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.


Tickets will be distributed beginning on APRIL 8th through APRIL 19th in the MAILROOM/ SUPPORT CENTER (Room 1E10)

Tickets will be distributed from 8:30- 6pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30-5pm on Fridays.

  • May graduates should have already filed an Graduateion Application in order to receive tickets.
  • July graduates do not have to file a Graduation Application until June 10.



Please bring a photo ID to obtain your 4 allotted tickets. All guests must have a ticket in their possession to be admitted to the Convocation Ceremony.

Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves.

Due to the large size of the graduating class, there will not be extra tickets for convocation.  Please note that tickets are not necessary for the UMB commencement ceremony at the Royal Farms Arena on Thursday May 16th.

Exemplary Student Award Nominations

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 here 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 2018, May 2019 or July 2019
  • Nominee has:

    • Demonstrated exemplary leadership
    • Been involved in volunteer activities 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


SGA Faculty Award Nominations

To nominate a faculty member for the SGA exemplary faculty award, please visit here.

SGA Staff Award Nominations

Exemplary Staff Description : Supports students in successfully matriculating through the MSW program by illustrating cultural competency, knowledge of program logistics, career development and professional mentorship.

 Areas in the UMSSW where staff typically work with students:

  • Field Education
  • Copy Support Center
  • Student Support Services
  • Admissions
  • Records and Registration

Nominations are now closed.

IMPORTANT: Confidentiality Rules

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 and go to the Personal Information menu and click on Update Directory Options

Ordering Caps, Gowns, Rings, and Announcements

The Seven Scholars Bookstore will host a Grad Fair on Wednesday, March 27 (11:00 AM-6:00 PM) and Thursday, March 28 (11:00 AM till 4:00 PM) in the Student Center common area

All regalia, including accessories will be in stock and available for purchase during the event. Vendor staff will be on site to ensure a proper fit. The event will include staff to showcase diploma frames, custom announcements, and ring ordering options. If students are unable to attend the event, regalia will remain in stock at the bookstore for purchase up to the Commencement date. (Note: Please don’t wait until the last minute as size and stock isn’t guaranteed within 5 days of the event.) Online ordering will still be available for students who wish to have regalia home shipped ($15.95). Orders will be shipped directly from our vendor to the student as they are received. Reminder: Students will be able to purchase regalia directly at the bookstore during regular store hours. Our bookstore team can work with individuals who may have unique circumstances. Online Ordering is now live at Individual components will be available for sale. Regalia items purchased at the bookstore can be returned up until Commencement.  



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 must be pre-ordered by May 4th; to order email Suzanne Galinsky at or call the bookstore directly at 410-706-7788.

Attire & Protocol

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.

UM SSW Convocation Photography

GradTrak® by Grad Images will take photographs of all graduates.  Graduates will be emailed an opportunity to purchase these photos.  []

General Information & Contacts

UM SSW Registration Office

UM SSW Office of Student Services

Office of the Registrar

601 W. Lombard Street, Suite 240

Baltimore, MD 21201


410-706-4053 (fax)


Specialization Certificates are mailed to each graduate by August. 

Disability Accommodation Request for Convocation

Please fill out this form to request accommodations for convocatio.