Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Graduation Application Deadlines

Month of Degree Conferral December Degree Conferral May Degree Conferral August Degree Conferral
MSW Application Deadlines August 1 December 1 February 1
MSW Late Application Deadlines August 15 December 15 February 15
BSW Application Deadlines March 3 October 1 October 1
BSW Late Application Deadlines March 15 October 15 October 15

For more information, see Registration & Records.

MSW Application for Graduation

Students will need to complete all of the steps to be considered for matriculation at the end of the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Students must apply for graduation in LOCUS. Below please find step by step instructions:

  • Login to Locus
  • Make sure your name (diploma name), address, and contact number (this also includes your emergency contacts) have been updated. The address listed for you in Locus is where your diploma will be sent. You can add a diploma address if you are uncertain of your location and would like to use a friend/family member/etc. as an alternative.
  • Click on "Academics"
  • Click on "Apply for Graduation" folder
  • Follow the directions listed (leave blank the boxes that ask for the Director and Thesis; these do not apply to our program.)
  • Make sure your prior institution information is listed correctly if it is not already listed for you
  • Once you hit the submit button you are all set. There is no confirmation, but you will see your graduation status change to “applied” in Locus

Review a copy of your Unofficial Transcript (in Locus) and ensure that your grades have been entered for all of your courses and field work experiences. If you are missing grades or have incomplete grades posted, please contact the professor/instructor of the course immediately to develop a plan to get this grade corrected if the work/evaluation has been submitted. Then contact Marcia Spira at mspira@luc.edu with the plan of action to correct/amend your grade and include your full name as it appears in Locus and your Student ID #. Please copy your instructor on this e-mail.

If you intend to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony, please check the box in Locus while applying for graduation. You will receive an e-mail from the university asking you to confirm your participation in the ceremony. You must confirm your attendance by following the directions in the e-mail. For specific information related to the University’s Commencement Ceremony visit: www.luc.edu/commencement. The University only conducts 1 commencement ceremony for the academic year. All fall and summer graduates will participate in the May ceremony.

December 2015 Graduates

The University only has one commencement ceremony per year for graduating students. If you are graduating in December 2015, you will have the opportunity to participate in the May 2016 commencement ceremony. However, there will be a formal Graduate Reception in December 2015 for our graduating students. Please look for a formal invitation to come during the semester. 

For information about SSW graduation at Loyola University Chicago, visit LUC.edu/commencement

For information about graduation at Carthage College, click here.

Required: Graduation & Licensure Meetings

School of Social Work Graduation and Licensure Meetings

BSW and MSW students who plan to graduate in December 2015 will be required to attend the following Graduation Meeting and Licensure Meeting. Please Note: Due to the small cohort of December 2015 graduates, there is only one meeting. 

What: Graduation and Licensure Meeting

When: Thursday, November 19, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  *Please note the new date! *

Where: Beane Hall, 13th Floor, Lewis Towers

Please email bbulliner@luc.edu if you have any questions regarding the Graduation and Licensure Meeting. 


Fall 2015 Graduation Reception

BSW and MSW students who plan to graduate in December 2015 are invited to attend a Graduation Reception.  Both the graduate and up to 2 guests are invited to attend.  We will be serving light hors d'oeuvres and wine.  Please continue to check your LUC email account for an invitation and more information.

What: Graduation Reception

When: Wednesday, December 2nd 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Beane Hall, 13th Floor, Lewis Towers

Please email bbulliner@luc.edu if you have any questions regarding the Graduation Reception.