Social Welfare Commencement

The School of Social Welfare’s Commencement Ceremony is held at the conclusion of the spring semester each year.

All Social Welfare students (undergraduate majors and graduate students) who will have their degree conferred in the current academic year (includes spring and summer terms), or who had their degree conferred in the previous fall term, are eligible to participate in our Spring Commencement Ceremony. If you are unsure of your eligibility to participate, please reach out to your academic advisor.

Social Welfare Departmental Commencement


Monday, May 17
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.


MSW and PhD

Monday, May 17, 2021
6:00 – 7:15 p.m.


Both ceremonies will be virtual. Advance registration is required in order to participate; login information will be sent to registered particiapnts on May 16. To RSVP for graduation or for more information, please email

Campuswide Commencement

May 15, 2021
9:00 a.m.

Watch online

For more information and details on how to participate, please visit Berkeley Commencement.

Degrees and Diplomas

Students do not receive diplomas on graduation day. Diplomas are automatically mailed free of charge from the Office of the Registrar to the address you have on file in CalCentral, approximately four months after the official campus graduation date each term (see the Academic Calendar for specific dates). Once you no longer have access to campus student systems you may submit a Diploma Mailing Request Form. For more information please see Office of the Registrar: Transcripts and Diplomas.

Verification of Enrollment or Degrees

You may request Student Self-Service Enrollment Verification or Official Verification of Attendance and Degrees directly from the Office of the Registrar; for information and instructions please visit Verification of Enrollment/Degrees.

Posting of MSW Degrees

MSW degrees are expected to be posted to students' transcripts no earlier than June 15. For information regarding requirements and the process for LCSW licensure in California, please visit the Board of Behavioral Sciences.