Graduation Information

The Pre Graduation Process:

MSW students who are planning to graduate must submit an application to graduate at the start of your final term. The University utilizes the Graduate School’s online forms system:  All students who will be applying to graduate will need to access the application to graduate by using this system.

A few things to keep in mind when completing your application:

1) Unless you are completing a thesis, check the box that says, “Course Based option”

2) There is no advisor or committee member name needed, UNLESS you are completing a Thesis

3) DO NOT check the “End of Semester” box

Once you submit the application, it will come to the MSW Program Office and we will complete a graduation audit to make sure you have everything needed to approve the application.  Remember, you MUST be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours of course work for the semester in which you plan to graduate. 

MSW students wear a black robe, black cap, black tassel and a citron hood to commencement and Evening of Recognition. These items can be bought at campus bookstores.


For further information about commencement, including dates, rehearsal, and instructions for commencement day, check the official website for the event at Ohio State here.

Students Unable to Attend Commencement:

If a student is unable to attend commencement, a commencement excused form must be filled out. The completed form must be submitted to The Graduate School.  An electronic copy of the form can be found here.

Evening of Recognition:

The College of Social Work’s Evening of Recognition is an event to celebrate the college’s graduating class! The College honors all graduating students from the undergraduate to graduate level in Spring. Students who are graduating that Spring, Summer, or Autumn term are more than welcome to invite family and guests to this special event! Remember that this is a night of celebration before Ohio State’s commencement; therefore, diplomas will not be given out at this event.

Information about the Evening of Recognition and the rehearsal process will be e-mailed to graduating students as we get closer to Spring Commencement!

For a quick look at how the hooding is going to be done, please click on this link.