2024 Commencement

Please visit our commencement page to watch the 2024 ceremony
and view the Class of 2024 Name Book

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Fall 2024 On-Campus MSW Application FINAL Deadline: July 16, 2024

Statement from Interim Dean Papadopoulos on our values

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is committed to upholding the values of compassion, empathy and respect for all individuals, regardless of background, belief or circumstance. Recent debates and discussions across university campuses, including those related to freedom of speech, have highlighted the complex issues our society faces today. We recognize the impact these broader discussions may have on our students, faculty and staff. 

Our professions — social work and nursing — are built on the foundations of care, justice and the inherent dignity of every person. In these challenging times, we reaffirm our commitment to these principles. We encourage open, respectful dialogue and critical engagement, fostering an environment where all voices can be heard and valued. It is through understanding and collaboration that we can contribute to peace and healing.

At our school, we are dedicated to training social work and nursing professionals who are equipped to address complex societal challenges with skill, dedication and a deep sense of ethical responsibility. Now more than ever, we must channel our energy and efforts into the actions and roles for which we have been trained, harnessing our professional skills to advocate for equitable and compassionate care, and uphold the rights and dignity of all.

We stand with all those who are affected by the recent debates on pressing global and local issues. Together, we strive to make a positive impact on the world, guided by our professional values and dedication to social justice and human rights.



To reference the work of our faculty online, we ask that you directly quote their work where possible and attribute it to "FACULTY NAME, a professor in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work” (LINK: https://dworakpeck.usc.edu)