Degree candidates, congratulations! You are on your way to receiving a degree from the School of Social Service Administration. What follows is a list of activities taking place during the week of convocation. We hope that you will participate in all of these activities, particularly the Friday morning Hooding Ceremony, which is a more intimate and formal event. Please note that you must RSVP for this event and attend the rehearsal (see details below).
- Maps and Directions to Campus
- Student Recognition and Awards Ceremony
- SSA Hooding Rehearsal
- SGA Graduation Party
- SSA Hooding Ceremony and Convocation Celebration (RSVP required)
- 531st Convocation
- Academic Attire, Graduation Announcements, Class Rings, and More
- SSA Diploma Distribution
- Licensure Information
- Alumni Resources
May 24th, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
This event will be hosted by Interim Dean Deborah Gorman-Smith. The following student achievements will be recognized: 2018 Advocates' Forum authors and Board, completion of Programs of Study, SSA Alumni Association African American Alumni Committee Award Recipients, Excellence in Field Education Award Recipients, and the Wilma Walker Honor Award Recipient.
Wednesday, June 6th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
For EEP students only: We've scheduled an alternative hooding rehearsal time just for EEP students on Wednesday, June 6 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
Attendance is required for all Spring graduates who plan to attend the Hooding Ceremony.
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
SSA students, please check your email for details.
Friday, June 8th, 10:00 am –11:30 am (end-time is approximate).
During the Hooding Ceremony, candidates are called up individually and hooded by SSA faculty.
Students line up in the tent on the lawn outside of Rockefeller beginning at 9:00 am. Degree candidates wear the robe appropriate for the degree they are to receive at Convocation.
Students need to buy/rent their own caps and gowns. SSA provides the hoods which are given to students at the Hooding Ceremony. Students do NOT wear their caps during the Hooding Ceremony (but DO wear them at the Saturday Convocation ceremony). There will be no secure place to store personal items (such as a purse or backpack), and no items may be carried with you.
Guest seating is available starting at 9:30 am.
The Hooding Ceremony is not a ticketed event; however, Rockefeller Chapel has limited seating so students are respectfully asked to limit their number of guests to six people.
The SSA Convocation Celebration follows immediately after the Hooding Ceremony at SSA, 969 E. 60th St. Chicago, IL. It will end approximately at 1 pm.
Saturday, June 9 from 9:15 – 11:15 am (rain or shine)
All candidates participate in this ceremony, during which the president will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program.
The Main Quadrangle will open at 7 am. Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is recommended for best seating. SSA students line up in Bartlett Quadrangle beginning at 8:15 am. To guarantee placement in the procession, candidates should arrive no later than 8:45 am.
Academic Attire, Graduation Announcements, Class Rings, and More
Information on renting or purchasing academic attire, graduation announcements, class rings, photography, and more can be found at the University’s convocation website.
Saturday, June 9 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
2018 graduates may pick up their diploma in the SSA library after the Convocation ceremony.
Once you have obtained your degree, you are eligible to sit for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam to become a Licensed Social Worker. See here for more information.
As an SSA graduate, you are a member of an accomplished and caring professional community of over 8,000 SSA alumni working in countless ways to create a more just, equitable, and humane society. You are also part of the greater University of Chicago alumni community, a group of almost 170,000 individuals shaping how the world thinks about everything from literature to economics to theoretical physics. We encourage you to be a strong link in the SSA community network by maintaining a close connection to the School, its programs, and its students. Visit the Resources and Alumni pages of our site to learn more about alumni benefits and the community.