UK College of Social Work honors 2024 graduating class on Friday

CoSW graduates emerge with a newfound sense of purpose, armed with knowledge, skills, and a sense of responsibility to create positive change in their communities and beyond.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky proudly celebrates the accomplishments of its graduating class of 2024 on Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Amidst a backdrop of joy and nostalgia, graduates, faculty, staff, families, and guests come together to commemorate this occasion as 384 graduates walk across the stage at Rupp Arena in Lexington.  

 The ceremony, a testament to perseverance, dedication, and scholarly pursuit, symbolizes the culmination of hard work and unwavering determination. It marks the transition of students into empowered individuals ready to make their mark on the world.  

The CoSW looks forward to celebrating its graduates at the Graduation Celebration prior to commencement, as well as at the Grad Gathering following the ceremony. Throughout the week, graduates are invited to share their photos with the CoSW for an opportunity to be highlighted on social media. Submit photos here. Graduates are also invited to use #CoSWGrad on all their social media posts from the week to be featured at the Graduation Celebration. 

Graduation Celebration (hosted by UK College of Social Work) 

Day: May 3, 2024 
Time: 1 – 3 p.m. 

Refreshments will be provided. 

Location: Grand Ballrooms, Gatton Student Center 
Parking: Complimentary parking is available at the Cornerstone Garage, located at 409 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506. The garage gates will be open from 1 PM onwards for the rest of the day. If you arrive before 1 p.m., you will need to take a ticket at the gate, but you will not be required to pay. 

The Graduation Celebration, occurring a few hours before commencement, is a longer event and is exclusively for College of Social Work graduates. There will be food, photo opportunities, a brief program at 1:45 p.m., and an opportunity to spend more quality time with your fellow graduates as well as college faculty and staff. 

Grad Gathering (hosted by UK Alumni Association) 

Time: Immediately following commencement
Location: Rupp Arena

More information on commencement. 

The Grad Gathering, occurring immediately following commencement in Rupp Arena, is an event at which all colleges with students graduating during the commencement ceremony will be represented, including the College of Social Work. The CoSW will be there with a small table and a gift for each graduate. Graduates typically walk through this space quickly before reuniting with any friends and family who watched them participate in commencement. 

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For 85 years, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work (CoSW) has been a leader in social work education. As a college, we promote community and individual well-being through translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. We are committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world. Like the University, CoSW is an organization that cultivates a diverse academic community characterized by interpersonal fairness and social justice. We are fiercely committed to developing outstanding social work professionals — leaders who will serve individuals, families, and communities through innovative and effective practices that are guided by cultural competency, systematic ethical analysis, and a keen and pragmatic understanding of the human condition.