For Graduates

Graduation Application

Students in the MSW, NPL, MSSP, DSW, and PHD programs who are eligible to participate in the May 2018 Commencement ceremony need to inform SP2 of their intent to graduate by completing the SP2 Graduation Application by February 9. Students who graduated in August 2017 or December 2017 who intend to participate in the May 2018 ceremony also need to complete the graduation application.

The Graduation Application collects the following information:

  • Your intent to graduate, even if you are not planning to participate in the Commencement Ceremony
  • Whether you plan to attend the SP2 Ceremony
  • The number of guest tickets you are requesting for the SP2 Commencement Ceremony
  • The way in which you would like your name to be printed on your diploma
  • The way in which your name should be read/pronounced at graduation
  • For doctoral students: the title of your dissertation and the name of your dissertation chair

Graduation Tickets and Ticket Lottery

All guests must have a ticket to enter the SP2 Ceremony in Irvine Auditorium. Each graduating student is allotted three tickets for their guests. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Children under the age of two who will be seated on an adult’s lap for the entirety of the ceremony do not need a ticket. Guests do not need a ticket to attend the University Ceremony on Franklin Field or the SP2 Reception in Houston Hall.

A limited number of extra tickets may become available, and if that happens, these will be distributed to students through the Graduation Ticket Lottery, which will occur at the end of February (see below). Tickets will be distributed at the end of the spring semester. Students will need to pick up their tickets in person in the Caster Building. Dates and times for ticket pickup will be announced in April.

Ticket Lottery

If additional tickets are available after all graduating students have received their allotted number of tickets, additional tickets will be distributed to graduating students in a ticket lottery. Students who request more than three tickets on the graduation application will automatically be entered into the ticket lottery. During the lottery, tickets are distributed one at a time to students in order of their lottery number. In other words, no student will receive two additional tickets until all students in the lottery have received one additional ticket.

Students who enter the ticket lottery will be notified by March 2 about the total number of tickets they have received. Students who do not receive all of the tickets they requested will be kept on a waiting list for additional tickets throughout the remainder of the semester. If/when additional tickets become available after the ticket lottery, students will be notified by email that they have received another additional ticket.

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for all graduates participating in the School and/or University ceremonies. Detailed information about regalia purchase (masters and doctoral) and regalia rental (doctoral) will be distributed in the upcoming weeks. For planning purposes, students should note that purchase costs for masters regalia has been around $80. Purchase cost for doctoral regalia varies, depending on fabric choices, etc. 2018 prices will be announced in the spring

SP2 Ceremony Streaming Broadcast

The SP2 ceremony will be viewable via a live broadcast stream and the link will be available for graduates’ family and friends who aren’t able to attend the ceremony. The link to access the broadcast will be shared closer to the date of Commencement.

Graduation Photography

Class photographs will be taken before the SP2 Graduation Ceremony begins. During the Ceremony, professional photographers will take two photographs of each graduate: the first is a candid picture of the graduate with the Dean on stage, and the second is a posed picture as the graduate exits the stage. The photographer emails and mails proofs of each student’s pictures to them within a week of graduation. This packet includes ordering and pricing information. All graduates are photographed at no charge. When you receive your proofs you will be able to decide at that time whether you would like to purchase your pictures.

Special Needs Accommodations

Any students who require special accommodations for themselves or their guests at the SP2 Ceremony (e.g., wheelchair seating) will be able to submit their request to the SP2 graduation coordinator in the spring semester.

Information about disability seating at the University ceremony on Franklin Field on Monday morning can be found here. Requests for disability seating at the university ceremony may be submitted here beginning March 1.


Diplomas will be mailed to May graduates over the summer. Diplomas are mailed by the University via First Class mail and will be sent to the permanent address listed in Penn-In-Touch, unless a different address is specified in the “Temporary Address Field,” effective from June 1 – September 30. International diplomas can take up to eight weeks for delivery. International students who are planning to stay in the U.S. through September 30 should designate a temporary U.S. address in Penn-In-Touch or contact the Diploma Coordinator (before July 1) to arrange to pick up the diploma from the Office of the University Secretary. Please go to for more information.