M.S.W. Graduation Awards Memo
To: Graduating Students
From: Dean Susan Egan
Re: Graduation - Information, Student Speakers and Awards
Date March 6, 2013
The Graduate School of Social Service’s Diploma ceremony will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. You must wear a cap and gown to participate. The school is paying the cost of the rental but you must order online by midnight of April 7th. Pick up the order information in the Dean’s offices and also check that your name is correctly spelled for your diploma. In April, students will receive invitations and four tickets for guests.
Each year we have two student speakers at the commencement ceremony - one from Lincoln Center and one from Westchester. The speakers are selected on merit. We ask that students submit the names of possible candidates, along with a brief paragraph about the strengths of the student to Dean Egan or Dean Heyman by Friday, April 19th. You may nominate yourself. Please use the following criteria when submitting nominations:
The student speaker would
- have demonstrated service to the school or larger social work community
- have outstanding academic and field instruction performance
- represent the common beliefs and values of the graduating class of 2013
- be capable of speaking dynamically to an audience of 2,000
Speeches are 3-5 minutes each. Faculty and administration will review the submissions and make the selections.
There are several awards given at graduation. If you would like to be considered for one of them you need to be nominated by your advisor or another faculty member. The awards are as follows:
NASW STUDENT AWARD (Lincoln Center)
The New York City Chapter of NASW asks each school to select a graduating student to receive this award based on demonstrated development of professional commitment, identity and values through student leadership, field practice, or academic projects.
NASW STUDENT AWARD (Westchester)
The Connecticut Chapter of NASW asks each school to select a graduating student from the Westchester campus who resides in Connecticut to receive this award based on demonstrated development of professional commitment, identity and values through student leadership, field practice, or academic projects.
THE ST. PETER CLAVER AWARD
This award is named for a Jesuit who, due to his life and work, became the patron saint of slaves of Colombia and of African Americans. Each year this award recognizes graduating students from each campus for their outstanding performance in course work, fieldwork, or school service.
CLASS OF 1967 AWARD
Members of the Master of Social Work Class of 1967 contributed toward a fund that would honor graduating students for their excellence in coursework and fieldwork, as well as loyalty to the School.
The Catholic Interracial Council of New York sought to increase cooperation and understanding between African Americans and whites and advance the cause of social justice and equality for African Americans. A fund in their name honors a graduate from each campus who has worked to further this mission.
THE ROBERT R. MAYER AWARD
Dr. Mayer was a faculty member who taught social policy in the MSW and doctoral programs in the Graduate School of Social Service. This award recognizes graduating students who have excelled in their understanding of the influence of social policy.
THE ESTHER JEAN ARNHOLD AWARD
This award is named for a woman who was an artist in New York City who particularly enjoyed sharing her interests with children. Her bequests have benefited young people and the arts. The Graduate School of Social Service fund in her name recognizes graduates who have been outstanding in their work with children or embraced the arts in their social work.
THE JOHN G. SULLIVAN AWARD
John Sullivan left a successful career in business to dedicate his life’s work to helping those who were homeless and suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and H.I.V and A.I.D.S. He earned his Master’s of Social Work degree from Fordham in 1995 and over the years worked for several social service agencies in New York City, all in the field of homelessness. In April of 2011 when news of his untimely death circulated, an anonymous donor stepped forward who requested that John’s legacy be recognized. This award is for a graduating student who plans to commit him or herself to the same noble career path.
THE REV. DR. NICHOLAS J. LANGENFELD AWARDS
Research oriented awards to one master's student for outstanding master's thesis and one doctoral level graduate for outstanding doctoral dissertation.
ANN WALSH AWARD
This is an award to a graduating student on the basis of an essay judged by faculty and administration. This annual award was created by Fr. Nicholas Langenfeld in the name of a past employee and friend of the school. He asked that the award winner be a student who has commitment to promoting community participation in working toward social change. To apply for the award, please submit a 500 word essay stating your past and present involvement in promoting social change and how your MSW will assist in this mission in the future. Please put your name on the cover sheet only as the essays are read anonymously. Deadline for submission to Dean Egan is April 19, 2013. You can send them by mail, an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (212)636-6677.