Graduation Information

The School of Social Work Spring 2020 Graduation Ceremony will take place in the Talley Student Union at 2:00 PM on May 8, 2020.

Graduating students should report to the Talley Student Union by 1:00 pm!

Please scroll down for further directions and details. 

Graduation Ceremony Information

Tickets & Guests 

Guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Ticket information will be coming soon.

Parking & Directions

The School of Social Work Spring 2020 Graduation Ceremony will take place in Talley Student Union State Ballroom.

Parking Information

Your visiting family and friends can park in the Coliseum Deck. You can find directions to the Coliseum Deck here.

For more information, please visit the NC State Transportation page for Visitor Parking.

Graduation Details

In order to secure your graduation clearance, you must:

  • Confirm Graduation Application procedures and complete any college or school paperwork with your advisor, including completing your Graduate Plan of Work (for MSW Students only).
  • Complete the online Graduation Application (Graduation Application Help Guide) in MyPack Portal.
  • Confirm that you have fulfilled all requirements for your degree.
  • If applying for a minor, speak with your Minor Advisor (for BSW students only).

Once you have applied to graduate, please do the following to prepare for Graduation Day: 

  • Purchase your graduation apparel: Your robes, mortarboard and tassel can be purchased through the NC State Bookstore. Preordering is only required for special needs and those orders should be made 4 – 6 months prior to your graduation date. Photo ID is required for apparel purchases. For more information about apparel and announcements please visit the Apparel, Grad Announcements & Diploma Frames Page.
  • Check your FERPA/Privacy Block settings: We can only print your name in the graduation program if you have either removed the privacy block completely or if you have a full privacy block, you allow a release for certain publications (graduation materials).  If you do not remove your privacy block or allow a release for publications, we will not print your name in the graduation program, however, your name will still be called during the school graduation ceremony. Students can check their FERPA settings in Mypack Portal. Click here for information on how to remove your privacy block. 
    • Students can also remove their privacy block using the following pathways: ‘For Students’ tab > ‘Personal Information’ > ‘Privacy Settings’ > FERPA Restrictions’ OR ‘Student Center’ > ‘Personal Information’ > ‘Privacy Settings’. ‘Edit FERPA/Directory Restrictions’. Select which fields, if any, you would like to restrict. ‘Save’
  • Check your name and address: Your official North Carolina State University diplomas will be mailed to the address that appears in MyPack Portal. If you have any financial holds on your account, you will not receive your diploma until they have been resolved. Diplomas will be mailed to you about a month after graduation.Your Diploma will have on it the name that you have saved as your name in MyPack Portal.
  • Special Recognition: The School of Social Work enjoys recognizing our students for their accomplishments. Therefore, If you are a veteran, scholar, Phi Alpha or other honor society member, please have your designated representative email Daniel Corn to ensure that you your accomplishments are recognized in the graduation program. 
  • Special Access Needs:  Be sure to email Daniel Corn if you or your graduation guests have any special access needs. 
  • Slideshow Photo Submission: Once graduates have removed their privacy block, they will need to send a headshot photo along with cohort photos/photos at field placements to Daniel Corn for the graduation slideshow. All photos will be screened to ensure that they are appropriate for the intended audience. If a student does not send a personal headshot photo, their student ID photo will be used. 

Spring 2020 Graduation Directions

Action Description Directions/Deadlines
Apply for Graduation

All undergraduate students must apply to graduate before 5 pm on February, 10, 2020.

All graduate students must apply to graduate before 5 pm on March 27, 2020.

Directions can be found here.
Remove Privacy Block

All students should check their FERPA/Privacy Block settings. We can only print your name in the graduation program if you have either removed the privacy block completely or if you have a full privacy block, you allow a release for certain publications (graduation materials.) If you do not remove your privacy block or allow a release for publications, we will not print your name in the graduation program, however, your name will still be called during the school graduation ceremony. 

Students can check their setting in their MyPack Portal accounts. Here is information on how to do so.
3/27/2020 at 5 pm
Submit Grade Exclusions

Undergraduate students – If you have not used your grade exclusions, you will need to do so BEFORE you complete your graduation application. If you need assistance, please contact Anthony Bennett at

*Do not grade exclude a course that is fulfilling a graduation requirement or you will not graduate*

Directions can be found here.
Submit Information for Name Change
and address confirmation.
Ensure that your name in MyPack Portal is correct, as that is how it will appear on your diploma. Check your address as that is where your diploma will be mailed. BEFORE graduation application has been submitted. Directions can be found here.
Purchase Graduation Attire

All graduating students must purchase robes, a mortarboard and a tassel from the bookstore. Do not wait until the last minute to purchase these! See details here

AFTER graduation application has been
Honor Society, Student
Organizations and VA Office

Contact your honor society, student organization officers,and/or VA rep and make sure they have your name on a list to submit to Daniel Corn.

Make sure that you have requested any stoles, cords or other graduation regalia they might provide.

Graduation Guest Attendance

All guests of graduating students must have their tickets to the graduation ceremony in order to be admitted. If you or any of your guests have special access needs, please contact Daniel Corn by the deadline listed.

Honors and Organization List  Deadline for honor society and student organizations to submit list of
graduates for graduation program recognition. Send to Daniel Corn.

Student Photo Submission Date Last day to submit personal photo and cohort photos for graduation
NC State Graduation Ceremony

For detailed instructions on the University Graduation Ceremony, please see the Instructions from NC State.


The School of Social Work appreciates any and all cap and gown donations for future graduating students!

Stay in touch with us after graduation! Check out our Alumni Page.