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SSW Convocation and University Graduation Information
The graduating Class of 2019 consists of School of Social Welfare students who have completed or will complete degree requirements in December 2018, May 2019, July 2019, and August 2019. If you plan on attending the University and/or the School of Social Welfare ceremony, please complete the Ceremony Attendance/Registration form on the Solar System.

Caps and Gowns:  

Graduation gowns will be available later in the spring at Shop Red East (located on Level 2 of the HSC) and may be purchased up to the day of graduation.  For those who cannot pick up, there is an option to have it shipped for an additional fee. More information will be available at a later date. 

Bachelor Packages pricing coming soon Hood Color: Border Golden Yellow 
Tassel: Long Red
Master's Packages pricing coming soon Hood Color: Border Citron
Tassel: Long Gold
Doctoral Rentals:  pricing coming soon  

There is no greater expression of community at The School of Social Welfare than our commencement ceremony.  To recognize students at graduation that have -- through voluntary service, activism and advocacy, or other forms of civic engagement helped address or make positive change around a social issue,  we invite you to consider having your achievements recognized by the wearing of a Citrus Green-color cord at the commencement ceremony.  SSW students who have served in the military may wear a triple honor cord of red, white and blue if they choose to do so. 

Examples of service include, but are not limited to work with USWA, GSG, Leadership Symposium, Disaster Relief etc.

Cords vary in price from $4.00 -18.00 and can be purchased online at any vendor that sells graduation regalia. 

Ticket Distribution: 

Stony Brook Campus:

To be determined. 

Laura Coiro 
SSW Office of Student Services (Room 093)
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Manhattan Site:
Dates to be determined

SUNY College of Optometry, 33 West 42nd Street
Shelley Horwitz, MSW
Assistant Dean, Manhattan Operations, Room 1228
2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


  • Every graduating student will receive an allotted # of graduation tickets; to be determined soon.
  • Each candidate must pick up his/her own tickets. If someone else is picking up your tickets, then they must present a signed note from you with a copy of your ID card;
  • You will forfeit your tickets if you fail to pick them up by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 17 (Stony Brook campus) and Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Manhattan site)
  • Children sitting in a seat must have a ticket.  Please keep your tickets in a safe place because we cannot replace them.  

We wish to ensure that our convocation is an enjoyable and memorable occasion for all.  Please instruct your guests with small children to exit the ceremony if the child becomes restless or audibly upset.

School of Social Welfare

MSW ceremony: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Staller Center for the Arts

BSW ceremony: Friday, May 24, 2019
8:15 AM
Student Activities Center, West Campus

 Program Schedule:

To be determined


Platform Party, Faculty, and Graduates assemble promptly for robing in Staller Center--Music Lobby, the entrance is to the left of the main Staller Center building (located on West Campus).  Signs will be posted to identify the robing area.  Please go directly to the robing area where volunteers will assist you.  You cannot leave anything in the Music Lobby, so please wear your robe to the location and leave your personal items with your family.

Guests Arrive 

There will be several graduation ceremonies in the Staller Center prior to the School of Social Welfare’s event. No one will be able to enter the Center until guests from the prior event exit the building. 

Convocation Ceremony

Main Stage, Staller Center for the Arts


Platform Party, Faculty, and Graduates process from the robing area into the Staller Center.

As you walk across the stage, you will receive a congratulatory letter from Dean Jacqueline Mondros. The University will forward your official diploma upon final certification of your degree requirements.


The ceremony will last approximately ninety (90) minutes. We will have a reception with light refreshments immediately following in the Staller Center Plaza or in case of rain, in the Wang Center Lobby.


Although parking is available in most parking lots, the most convenient one is the Administration parking garage. Specially marked buses to take guests to the Commencement areas from the parking lots will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
For additional details, please see the Commencement website.

Disabled Guests:  
If any of your guests need special accommodations, please contact Laura Coiro (email:  Laura.Coiro@stonybrook.edu, telephone: (631) 444-3170 ) as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, May 4, 2018.


Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium

Friday, May 24, 2019
11:00 a.m. (Tickets Required)

Your degrees are officially conferred at the University Commencement Ceremony.  The Dean of the School of Social Welfare and the School of Social Welfare students will be asked to stand “en masse” while the President confers the degree.

Guest attendance at the University-wide commencement is limited.  

For more information regarding the University-wide commencement, maps, memorabilia, etc., please consult the Commencement website.