James Madison University

Social Work Senior Send Off

On December 13th, the Social Work department held the traditional Senior Send Off, honoring seventeen BSWs who received their degree at December graduation.  These students had successfully completed all degree requirements, including their senior practicum placements at social services agencies around the Shenandoah Valley.  They interned four days per week during the fall semester, working under the supervision of an agency-based field instructor who helped them develop the competencies required for generalist BSW practice.  These students celebrated with family, friends and social work faculty.  During their recognition ceremony, each graduate received the JMU BSW pin, which could be worn with their academic apparel for commencement.  In addition to completing their practicum, BSW students take both an Oral and Written Comprehensive examination as part of their Senior capstone experience.  Graduate Caroline Wood was honored for the Highest Score on the Oral Exam for Fall 2013 semester. 

In addition, students who were members of Phi Alpha, the national social work honorary society, received their honor cords and medallions from advisor Dr. Nancy Poe and officers Courtney Clemmons (President) and Jacketta Morton (Secretary-Treasurer).  Social work majors are invited to join Phi Alpha if they have a social work GPA of 3.5 or higher as well as a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.  The Senior Send Off allows students to introduce their families to the social work faculty, say goodbye to their undergraduate program and embrace their new identity as a social work professional.