School of Social Work Traditions & Events


The Capstone course is required of all graduating BSW and MSW students.

The BSW Capstone consists of a weekly seminar that focuses on the preparation and presentation of a professional portfolio of learning that is reflective of the social work curriculum, and on the entry of students into the social work profession.

The MSW Capstone consists of two weeks of four hours of class daily focusing on integration and synthesis of the major themes and objectives of the MSW program and on collegial consultation in preparation of a professional presentation delivered to the practice community.


On the day preceding Baylor University's commencement exercises in May, August and December, the School of Social Work holds a Convocation ceremony to recognize and honor its graduates. More intimate and much smaller than Baylor's commencement, this event is a joyous celebration with family and friends of our student's academic accomplishments. (Business dress)

Dyer Ethics Workshop

Held annually in the fall, the workshop features a guest speaker who addresses ethical situations in social work practice. Open to the community and students, the workshop provides CEU credit for professionals. Emails are typically sent in September with a link to sign up for this event, which is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Preston Dyer. (Business dress)

Family Dinner

Not just another banquet, but more like a family reunion, this spring event celebrates another successful academic year where students, faculty, staff, BOA members and other friends enjoy a catered meal and presentations by student award recipients, and the School of Social Work Alumni of the Year. (Business dress)

Grace Table

An undertaking of the School's NASW-Baylor chapter, the Grace Table is located in the School's Student Lounge and provides light snacks for students to help nourish them throughout their busy days.

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The Baylor School of Social Work has a chapter of the national Phi Alpha Honor Society. The purpose of Phi Alpha is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. It fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have excelled in scholarship and achievement in social work. Must meet requirements.

Student Representatives

Students have a rare opportunity in academic circles to participate in the School's academic, curricular and Board of Advocates committees, providing an important voice in the school's decision-making process. Students may indicate interest in committee service at the beginning of the academic year to their associate dean.

The Voice E-newsletter

The School of Social Work e-mails a newsletter every Monday to faculty, staff, students and pre-social work students with notices regarding academic, social, and events information. Submit your notices to The Voice by 5 p.m. on the Friday previous to the Monday it will be sent.

GSSW Christmas Ornaments

Every year, the Garland School of Social Work offers a special ornament for the Christmas season in honor of our founding dean, Diana Garland. Please see a School of Social Work staff member to purchase this ornament around the holidays, or click here for more information.