Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


May Commencement

The School of Social Work Commencement has been scheduled for Wednesday May 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm on the Lake Shore Campus in Gentile Arena.  All Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 graduates are invited to attend. More information and registration details will be emailed to your LUC email address beginning in January 2018. For information about SSW Commencement at Loyola University Chicago, visit LUC.edu/commencement/

Required: Graduation & Licensure Meetings

School of Social Work Graduation and Licensure Meetings

MSW students who plan to graduate in Fall 2018 will be required to attend a graduation meeting and licensure meeting in December. MSW students who plan to graduate in Spring or Summer 2019 will be required to attend a graduation and licensure meeting in April. BSW students are required to attend a graduation meeting.

The graduation meetings will cover many aspects of the commencement process. These meetings will also cover the degree conferral process, requesting transcripts, and the completion of your graduate portfolio.  Attendance to this meeting is required, even if you do not plan on participating in Commencement.

The licensure meetings will cover in-state licensure processes. If you plan to apply for licensure in another state, please bring any verification of education forms for that state to the meeting. For more information about your state of interest, please visit the NASW website.


Graduation and Licensure Meeting

Spring graduation and licensure meetings will be scheduled in April; dates will be posted once confirmed.

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 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.