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Celebration and closure, without ceremony

UNC School of Social Work’s Class of 2020 hasn’t held its formal commencement ceremony. There have been no pride-filled processionals on campus, no decorated mortarboards, no long-awaited walks across the stage and hugs from friends and favorite professors — not yet. These beloved traditions have all been postponed.


SSW honors soon-to-be graduates with two virtual celebrations

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work will honor 142 students this weekend during two virtual celebrations online.

Among these students, 138 have completed requirements for the Master of Social Work degree and four have completed requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Social Work degree. The School will award these degrees formally during a commencement ceremony later in 2020, after restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted.

A virtual reception for Ph.D. students in the Class of 2020 is scheduled for Friday evening, according to Associate Dean for Doctoral Education Mimi Chapman.


SSW students recognized by UNC Graduate School for their accomplishments

Nine students at the UNC School of Social Work (SSW) have earned recognition from the Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for their accomplishments in 2019–2020. Through this recognition program, these students are being honored for both university and external awards.

“These are students who have worked tirelessly and deserve special recognition,” noted the Graduate School in its announcement on April 28, 2020. Both Master of Social Work and doctoral students were included in the announcement.

These SSW students received awards directly from the Graduate School: 


Social work, dental health will partner on new SAMHSA grant

Lisa ZerdenLisa Zerden, Ph.D., has received a $200,000 training grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help social work and dental health professional students learn more about substance use disorders (SUD). Zerden, who is senior associate dean for MSW education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, will implement this new project in collaboration with the Adams School of Dentistry and support from the UNC Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice.


Iris Carlton-LaNey receives NASW's Lifetime Achievement Award

Berg-Beach Distinguished Professor Iris Carlton-LaNey is the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) Lifetime Achievement Award. Carlton-LaNey was selected in recognition of her decades of work in training social workers to identify and fight discrimination and institutionalized oppression.