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BSW Cording & MSW Hooding

COSW Hooding 2013Graduation Highlights Students’ Success

On May 10, the College of Social Work hosted the BSW Cording and MSW Hooding Ceremony for 27 BSW graduates and approximately 250 MSW graduates and their family and friends. This special celebration featured social work at its best. Steven Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC, spoke to a full house about the importance of social work to the community. Dr. Lacy Ford, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, discussed the significance of social work for South Carolina and talked about his mother’s career as a social worker. Students shared heartfelt poetry and reflections about their experiences in the social work programs. The USC COSW community celebrated faculty, alumni, field instructors, and students with awards.

Many of the graduates have shared their success stories with Dean Anna Scheyett. For example, one will begin working as a child protective services investigator with Iredell County in North Carolina. Another accepted a local position at Three Rivers Behavioral Health as a full-time social worker. And a third will serve as the executive director of a local non-profit organization, Camp Opportunity, which provides year-round support services for abused, neglected, and at-risk children.

While in the BSW or MSW program, several graduates completed internships at counseling centers, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Many graduates have been hired as permanent employees for these organizations. Other students have been hired in various positions both across the U.S. and beyond.

For example, one graduate will be working as a youth development facilitator in Peru this summer. She writes, “The MSW program has certainly prepared me for my upcoming adventures!” Another will be moving to Hiroshima, Japan, to work as a program assistant for the Global Studies, Peace, and Leadership Seminar. She says her position will allow her to “collaborate with global fieldwork sites, prepare international students for arrival, coordinate the online curriculum, and make preparations for the seminar to begin.”

Thanks to the broad scope of the BSW and MSW programs, these graduates will enjoy nearly limitless professional possibilities. They begin their new careers well-equipped to lead social change. The College of Social Work is confident that the pride and excitement these students expressed upon graduating represents their future success in the social work community.

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