2019 Convocation

Degree candidates, congratulations! You are on your way to receiving a degree from the School of Social Service Administration. What follows is a list of activities taking place during the week of convocation. We hope that you will participate in all of these activities, particularly the Friday morning Hooding Ceremony, which is a more intimate and formal event. Please note that you must RSVP for this event and attend the rehearsal (see details below).

Student Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, June 13 from 11:00 - 1:00 pm

This event will be hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students. The following student achievements will be recognized: 2019 Advocates' Forum authors and board, completion of Programs of Study, Trauma Informed Care Certificate of Completion Recipients, SSA Alumni Association African American Alumni Committee Award Recipients, Excellence in Field Education Award Recipients, Field Consultant Award Recipients, Wilma Walker Honor Award Recipient, SSA Leadership and Community Award Recipients and the SSA Student Organization Award. 

Students who will be recognized will receive a email invitation. We hope we will be able to share this honor with you in person. 

SSA Hooding Rehearsal

Wednesday, June 12 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm

For EEP students only: We've scheduled an alternative hooding rehearsal time just for EEP students on Wednesday, June 12 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Rockefeller Chapel, 5820 S. Woodlawn

Attendance is required for all Spring graduates who plan to attend the Hooding Ceremony.

SGA Graduation Party

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Zed 451, 730 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60654

SSA students, please check your email from Student Government Association for details.

SSA Hooding Ceremony and Celebration 

Friday, June 14, 9:00 am –10:30 am (end-time is approximate). 

Rockefeller Chapel, 5820 S. Woodlawn

During the Hooding Ceremony, candidates are called up individually and hooded by SSA faculty.

Students line up in the tent on the lawn outside of Rockefeller beginning at 8:00 am. Degree candidates wear the robe appropriate for the degree they are to receive at Convocation.

Students need to buy/rent their own caps and gowns. SSA provides the hoods which are given to students at the Hooding Ceremony. Students do NOT wear their caps during the Hooding Ceremony (but DO wear them at the Saturday Convocation ceremony). There will be no secure place to store personal items (such as a purse or backpack), and no items may be carried with you.

Guest seating is available starting at 8:30 am.

The Hooding Ceremony is not a ticketed event; however, Rockefeller Chapel has limited seating so students are respectfully asked to limit their number of guests to six people.

The SSA Convocation Celebration follows immediately after the Hooding Ceremony at SSA, 969 E. 60th St. Chicago, IL. It will end approximately at 1 pm.

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532nd Convocation

Saturday, June 15 from 9:00 – 11:00 am (rain or shine)

The University’s Main Quadrangle

All candidates participate in this ceremony, during which the president will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program.

The Main Quadrangle will open at 7 am. Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is recommended for best seating. SSA students line up in Bartlett Quadrangle beginning at 8:00 am. To guarantee placement in the procession, candidates should arrive no later than 8:45 am.

Accommodations for Family and Guests

The following is information is about select downtown hotels for guests who wish to take advantage of negotiated rates. Please book as early as possible.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (5.7 miles)
Rate: $199.00
Reference Code:  University of Chicago Convocation or G-FCSC

InterContinental Chicago (10.3 miles)
Rate: $195.00
Reference Code:  University of Chicago Convocation or DT5

The Blackstone (7.8 miles)
Rate:  $239.00
Reference Code: University of Chicago Convocation

If room blocks are full, guests are welcome to inquire if there are vacancies outside of the University room block, but regular hotel pricing will apply.


Academic Attire, Graduation Announcements, Class Rings, and More

Information on renting or purchasing academic attire, graduation announcements, class rings, photography, and more can be found at the University’s convocation website.

SSA Diploma Distribution

Saturday, June 15 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th Street

2019 graduates may pick up their diploma in the SSA library after the Convocation ceremony.

Licensure Information

Once you have obtained your degree, you are eligible to sit for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam to become a Licensed Social Worker. Click here for more information.

Alumni Resources

As an SSA graduate, you are a member of an accomplished and caring professional community of over 8,000 SSA alumni working in countless ways to create a more just, equitable, and humane society. You are also part of the greater University of Chicago alumni community, a group of almost 170,000 individuals shaping how the world thinks about everything from literature to economics to theoretical physics. We encourage you to be a strong link in the SSA community network by maintaining a close connection to the School, its programs, and its students. Visit the Resources and Alumni pages of our site to learn more about alumni benefits and the community.

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