• Graduation and Commencement Definitions

    Commencement: Commencement is the symbolic ceremony held by the University to mark the beginning of your new professional life. DU holds commencement ceremonies twice each year  (June and August).

    • The act of participating in the commencement ceremony does not mean you have completed/earned your degree. 

    Participating: The act of participating in the commencement ceremony; sometimes referred to as “walking,” in reference to crossing the stage during commencement ceremony. 

    Graduation or to graduate: Graduation marks the completion and formal conferral of an academic degree.

    • This is when DU officially confers your degree. It means your degree is reflected on your transcript and is a part of your record. This happens only after final grades are posted and successful completion of all degree requirements are verified. Grades are posted after Commencement. 
  • Graduation General Process
    1. Students apply for graduation via MyDU.
    2. The week after registration of the final quarter, the GSSW Registrar’s Office manually reviews the records and degree requirements for all students who applied to graduate. All students will be notified by week 1 of their final quarter.
    3. When grades post, the GSSW Registrar’s Office begins the degree certification process.
    4. Degrees are awarded 4-6 weeks after grades post.
    5. Diplomas are mailed out 8 weeks after grades post 


    During week 10, students will be sent a reminder of the graduation process and what happens next. 

  • Graduation Application Deadlines
    All students must apply to be considered for graduation via MyDU, as outlined in these step-by-step directions.
    IMPORTANT NOTE for DENVER CAMPUS PROGRAM: If you have a certificate, you must fill out two, seperate graduation applications: one for your MSW, and one for your certificate. 

    Graduation Application Deadlines

    • Spring Quarter 2023: January 10, 2023***
    • Summer Quarter 2023: April 3, 2023***
    • Fall Quarter 2023: June 19, 2023
    • Winter Quarter 2024: TBA
    • Spring Quarter 2024: TBA


    ***If it is past the deadline, please apply via the Late Graduation Application, here.

    You can verify your graduation application on your Student Profile. You will see a section entitled “Graduation Information,” which will list any active graduation applications you may have. After conferral, your degree will also populate in this section.


    Looking for tools to plan out your schedule? See the Advising + Academic Planning tab

  • When will my degree post?

    Your degree posts 4 to 6 weeks after grades post. 

    How do I verify my degree posted? 

    Please look at your Student Profile, Graduation Information section. When you see the awarded degree, term, and degree date, you can order official transcripts and your degree will be posted. 

  • When will I receive my diploma?

    Your diploma is mailed out 7-8 weeks after grades post. 

    Grades Post:  

    • Winter Quarter 2023: Friday, March 24, 2023
    • Spring Quarter 2023: Friday, June 16, 2023
    • Summer Quarter 2023: Friday, August 25, 2023
    • Fall Quarter 2023: TBA

    You can verify your grades or whether your degree has posted via your unofficial transcripts (accessible on your Student Profile). *If you do not see a grade posted, reach out to your instructor right away.*

    Diploma information and how to check the status of your diploma can be found here. If you do not receive your diploma 8 weeks after grades post, please email registrar@du.edu with your name, your program, and your DU ID.

  • Official Transcripts

    Offical transcripts are ordered online, here.

  • DU Commencement Ceremony

    The DU Office of the Chancellor holds commecement ceremonies twice each year in June and August. Please visit DU's Commencement page for the following information:

    • Ceremony Details
    • Graduation Checklist
    • Regalia 
    • Graduation Photos and Video
    • What to do at Commencement
    • Guest information
    • Livestream information
    • FAQs
    • Speakers
    • and more!

    For questions about DU Commencement, please visit the DU Commencement page.

    For DU policies and procedures governing commencement ceremonies, please visit the DU Graduate Bulletin



    • The Spring DU Commencement Ceremony in held in June each year, and is open to students that graduated during the previous Fall Quarter or Winter Quarters, as well as current Spring Quarter graduation candidates.


    • Summer Quarter graduation candidates are eligible to particiapte in the Summer DU Commencement Ceremony, which is held in August each year.
      • The DU Commencement website WILL NOT have any information posted regarding the August Ceremony until after the conclusion of the June Ceremony. 
  • Upcoming GSSW Celebrations

    On behalf of GSSW, all AY 2022-2023 graduates and graduation candidates are cordially invited to join us for the events outlined below. 

    • Thursday, June 08, 2022 - 10:00 to 11:30 am MT - GSSW Virtual Graduation Celebration
      • Let us celebrate you and all those that supported you on this journey! Join GSSW for this special, virtual event dedicated to all AY 2022-2023 graduates and graduation candidates, featuring a guest keynote, remarks by the Dean of GSSW, and virtual toasts by faculty and staff. This event is open to all AY 22-23 GSSW graduates and candidates, as well as staff and faculty. Graduating students are welcome to invite family and friends to witness this special occasion.
        • NOTE: This signature GSSW event features a formal program and is hosted virtally by zoom in a webinar format.


    • Friday, June 10, 2023 - 10:00 to 11:30 am MT - GSSW Open House
      • Weather and public health protocols permitting, please join GSSW staff and faculty for an in-person, informal, open house to celebrate all AY 2022-2023 graduates and graduation candidates. Graduating students are welcome to bring guests. Light refreshments will be served.
        • NOTE: This is an informal, in-person event, designed for graduating students and their guests to mix and mingle with one another, as well as GSSW staff and faculty. There is no formal program or remarks, so guests are welcome to come and go as needed.


    Please RSVP no later than Friday, April 28, 2023 using the links sent to via email (on 04/05/2023) to all eligible individuals. For questions, please contact GSSW.StudentServices@du.edu


    Please note that these gatherings are separate and distinct from the DU Commencement ceremonies that will be hosted by the University of Denver on Friday, June 09, 2023 (Spring) and Saturday, August 19, 2023 (Summer) respectively. 


  • Upcoming Networking and Career Development Opportunities

    GSSW Virtual Networking &  Job Fair - Meet employers actively looking to network with current students and hire GSSW graduates!

    • Wednesday, May 3, 2023
    • Morning session: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m MT / Afternoon session: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. MT  **Different employers will attend each session, so plan to attend both!**
    • Registration is required & can be found in PCO or email by emailing gssw.careers@du.edu.  

    GSSW Launch Event -  GSSW Career Services & GSSW Alumni Engagement invite all GSSW students to network with GSSW alumni currently working at GSSW's Top 10 Employers!  Building your GSSW network is pivotal in your professional growth & certainly can assist with your job search success following graduation.  NASW member graduation cords & Phi Alpha graduation cords will be handed out at the event and light refreshments will be served!

    • Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. MT
    • Community Commons 1700
    • Register in PCO or email gssw.careers@du.edu
  • Other DU Celebrations


    DU Lavender Graduation 2023 - Friday, May 26, 2023 at 4:00 pm - Community Commons 1700

    • The Cultural Center presents LAVENDER GRADUATION! Honor and celebrate DU’s LGBTQ+ Class of 2023! Graduates and guests, please RSVP via this link




    DU Profiles of Excellence 2023 - Thursday, June 08, 2023 at either 4:30 pm (session one) or 7:00 pm (session two) - Community Commons 1700

    • The Cultural Center presents PROFILES OF EXCELLENCE, to honor and celebrate DU’s students of color! Graduates and guests, please RSVP via this link




  • Stay connected to the GSSW Community following graduation!

    From Career Services to Alumni Engagement, our GSSW teams are here to support you as the next chapter of your journey begins! 

    • Important! GSSW Alumni Resource Guide (All Programs)
    • New! What’s Next GSSW Grad?  Provided by Career Services & Alumni Engagement, this presentation  is designed to answer your questions as you transition from student to graduate. 
    • Don't Forget! Even though you may plan to continue to use your DU email following graduation, we strongly recommend that you update your contact info and add an alternate email address to your PCO and MyDU profiles, so we can keep in touch with you following graduation. If you need assistance, you are welcome to contact the DU IT helpdesk.

    Have questions? We invite you to contact us:


This portfolio last updated: 25-May-2023 3:41 PM