School of Social Work Traditions & Events

Advanced Standing

A graduate degree option for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education resulting in completion of the MSW degree in a shorter period of time.

Annual Field Luncheon

Each spring, the school recognizes Field Education by honoring the field instructors, task supervisors, field liaisons and students with a luncheon where a number of student and professional awards are presented. (Business dress)

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Board of Advocates

The Board of Advocates consists members from across the country who bring a variety of professional, social, institutional and denominational experience to the work of the school. They serve voluntarily out of their commitment and passion to further the impact of social work students who serve the neediest population groups throughout the world with both professionalism and Christian love. The board meets quarterly with the school administration to hear reports from the Dean and to convene in committees to address curriculum, donor, administrative and center-related issues. An MSW and BSW student are named as ad-hoc members of the BOA each year.

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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.

Community Connection

Community Connection is the GSSW's online and printed magazine. In the Spring of 2018, the magazine moved from being printed 2-3 times a year to an interactive online version. We still have a printed version that publishes annually and is mailed to alumni, donors, Board of Advocates members, faculty and staff, and friends of the School. Copies are available to students at the School and can be downloaded here

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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)

Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Follow the happenings at the School of Social Work on Facebook by liking Baylor School of Social Work, following us on Instagram @baylorsocialwork, following us on Twitter at @Baylor_SSW, or pinning with us on Pinterest at BaylorSSW. School, recruiting and alumni news is posted regularly.

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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.

MSW Colloquium

As the culmination of the Capstone course, MSW candidates present their practice and research projects on a wide range of topics relevant to the social work profession. As many as 60 present in the all-day event each spring that is open to the public and provides CEU credit for professionals. (Business dress)

School of Social Work Student Organization

In this organization, students have the opportunity to coordinate their interests and act cooperatively on behalf of all social work students and those they serve. The group meets at least monthly. The School of Social Work Student Organization officers are representatives from both the graduate and undergraduate programs.

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.

Photo Wall of Graduates

Group photos of each graduating cohort are taken and placed on the School's Photo Wall, a popular gathering spot each year at the Homecoming Reception.

Student Awards Brunch

On the May weekend of Convocation and Commencement, the Dean hosts student award recipients and their families at a special luncheon. (Business dress)

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.