The Mighty-Mega-Monster (but, oh, so needed) TO-DO list

Well, for this chapter of my life, the introduction has been written, the climax has climaxed, and I am in the throws of my denouement. In approximately seven weeks, the conclusion to this beautiful little short story will be complete. I will be gowned, capped, hooded, and sent off into the world to make it (and me) different, dynamic, and diverse. I continue to be thrilled about my upcoming graduation in spite of my ever-growing list of assignments and things to do, and I can’t forget about self-care. I mean, I even wrote a blog post on this website about self-care, so adding that to the list is absolutely critical. To keep myself organized (and to avoid forgetting deadlines, or rather, more deadlines), I have created a “Graduation To-Do List”. Hope it will help as we are all trying to organize the chaos and actually, ahem!, graduate. Here goes…but wait! Let us get mentally prepared before we tackle the list:

Okay. Here goes (for real):

  • Contact Graduate Advisor – Yes, this is completely different from you Field Advisor, contact him/her to make sure all tasks for graduation are completed.
  • Apply for graduation – 2/20/15
  • Order announcements/invitations – order as soon as possible to avoid rush fees!
  • Mail announcements/invitations – 3 – 4 weeks before graduation, 4/10/15
  • Update records in registrar’s office – change of address, married, divorced, etc.
  • Order Cap/Gown/Hood – 4/6/15, $70
  • Check for outstanding fees/parking fines – yes, they will hold your diploma for this.
  • Complete any student loan exit surveys
  • Complete EOC Mandatory Training/Title IX – yes, they will hold your diploma for this.
  • Plan for LCSW-A licensure – start asking for references, you need 3 professional forms.
  • Plan for ASWB Exam – get it while it’s hot! Plan for study time or prep course, schedule exam date. DSM-5 Exams will start July 2015.
  • Plan for LCAS-A licensure – this is a licensure for Clinical Addiction Specialists, it is a certificate program offered at UNC. I’m a huge advocate for this additional skill set.
  • NASW-NC membership – I highly recommend this, tons of resources here. Sign up while you still get the student discount!
  • School of Social Work Reception – May 8th
  • School of Social Work Hooding Ceremony – May 9th @ 1pm (12:15 for you!)
  • UNC Commencement Ceremony – May 10th @ 9:30 (line up starts at 9am!!!)
  • Diploma – available for pick-up @ Registrar’s office; May 10th, 11am – 2pm.

Now, instead of yelling “Adriannnnn” like Rocky, you can properly yell, “MSWWWWWW!”



About AlexisOverstreet

I am a final year full-time student - formerly a part of the Winston-Salem Distance Education cohort. I am originally from Augusta, Georgia but I have lived in North Carolina for many years and now call it my home. My social work interests are advocacy for stigma-free mental health, Substance Abuse Clinical Practice for adults and adolescents, Motivational Interviewing and strengths-based practice, and severe and persistent mental illness. I am also interested in environmental justice issues along with advocacy for consumer rights.
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