Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Graduation

Commencement

Loyola University Chicago plans to hold our Commencement ceremonies between Saturday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 12, 2020 on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. For information about SSW Commencement at Loyola University Chicago, visit LUC.edu/commencement/

In lieu of our in-person graduation meetings this semester, we put together this graduation video which includes our recommendations for items to save for a Social Work graduation portfolio, as well as information about degree conferral and diploma distribution. Here is the video link: Graduation video.

Graduation Application Deadlines

 FALL GRADSPRING GRADSUMMER GRAD
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 31 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 are step by step instructions:

  1. Log into LOCUS and go to your 'Student Center
  2. Use the drop-down menu under Academics to select ‘Apply for Graduation’
  3. Select your desired program
  4. Select your desired graduation term
  5. Press ‘Continue’ and proofread the application information
  6. Verify or update your name as it will appear on your diploma
  7. Verify or update your permanent address
  8. Indicate whether you will attend the graduation ceremony
  9. Press ‘Save Changes’
  10. Press ‘Continue’
  11. Press ‘Submit Application’

Dual-degree and certificate studentsStudents that are in a dual-degree (ex. WSGS, MJ, JD, SJ, etc.) or certificate program (CADC-E, Non-Profit Management, PEL) must apply separately for these additional programs.

To view your graduation status - If you aren’t sure if you already submitted your graduation application or which term you applied for, you can check this information in your Student Center in LOCUS. Use the menu under Academics to select "View Graduation Status". Click here to view a PDF of these instructions.

To confirm Commencement participation - In February, you will receive an e-mail from the university asking you to confirm your participation in the ceremony. All students applying for graduation will receive the e-mail invitation. If you plan on attending, you must confirm 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 one Commencement ceremony each academic year.