In recognition of your amazing accomplishments, the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the 2023 valedictorian, and the outstanding graduates from each program – along with the faculty and staff from throughout the college – would like to wish you a very heartfelt congratulations!

Letter from the Dean

Dean Steven Clark Applauding at Graduation

Dear Graduating Class of 2023,

On behalf of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah Valley University, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations on your graduation. This momentous occasion marks the culmination of your hard work, dedication, and commitment to your education. You should be immensely proud of your accomplishments, and we are honored to have played a role in your journey.

You have acquired the tools and the mindset necessary to succeed in whatever path you choose, whether that be in furthering your education, starting a career, or pursuing other passions. As you venture out into the world, it's important to remember that your education does not end here. Learning is a lifelong journey, and I encourage you to continue seeking knowledge and new experiences, and to always challenge yourself to grow and evolve.

We look forward to seeing all that you will achieve, and we wish you nothing but the best in all of your future endeavors.

Congratulations again on your well-deserved success!

Signature of Dean Steven Clark
Steven C. Clark, PhD
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean's Message

Valedictorian Address

2023 Convocation Information

We are excited to have you be a part of our graduation ceremonies honoring and celebrating the graduating Class of 2023.  We are so proud of our Wolverines! They have shown tenacity, grit, and dedication to academic excellence during a particularly challenging time. For more information about all the convocation and commencement ceremonies happening at UVU, please visit thegraduation website.

Graduation Schedule-- Wednesday, May 3rd (Graduate Programs) & Thursday, May 4, 2023 (Undergrad Programs)

Please arrive during your assigned time:

CHSS Graduate Hooding Ceremonies - MFT, MSW & CMHC

Wednesday - May 3, 2023
Clarke Building, CB101abc
  • Master of Marriage & Family Therapy - 12:00 PM
  • Master of Social Work - 2:00 PM
  • Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling - 4:30 PM
Graduates assemble 20 minutes prior to ceremony start time
Graduate hooding ceremonies will be live streamed for those unable to attend
Each ceremony will be followed by a reception for graduates & their guests


CHSS Undergraduate Convocation

Thursday - May 4, 2023
Clarke Building, CB 101abc
  • Communication - 10:00 AM
  • English & Literature - 10:45 AM
  • History & Political Science - 11:10 AM
  • Philosophy, Humanities, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Integrated Studies  - 11:30 AM
  • Languages & Cultures, Language Education - 11:40 AM
  • Anthropology, Sociology & Behavioral Science - 11:50 AM
  • Family Science - 12:00 PM
  • Psychology - 12:30 PM
  • Social Work & SUDC - 1:50 PM


2023 UVU Convocations - May 4, 2023

Thursday - May 4, 2023
  • Woodbury School of Business: UCCU - 8:00AM
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences: Clarke Building - 10:00AM
  • School of Education: UCCU - 11:00AM
  • School of the Arts: Lockhart Arena - 1:00PM

2023 UVU Convocations - May 5, 2023

Friday - May 5, 2023
  • College of Health & Public Services: UCCU - 8:00AM
  • College of Science: UCCU - 11:00AM
  • College of Engineering & Technology: UCCU - 2:00PM


UVU 2023 Commencement Ceremony

May 4, 2023
UCCU Center
Graduates meet at 5:15 PM in the Fugal Gateway Building
Processional and ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM
Ceremony will be live streamed from campus for those unable to attend

Is this a drive-thru convocation ceremony?

No. The convocation ceremony will be taking place in the Clarke Building.

Why the reimagined convocation ceremony?

Based upon feedback from previous graduating classes, the college has reimagined convocation. This year, we are pioneering a new way to honor your accomplishments, making the ceremony even more special and memorable for you. This reimagined convocation ceremony is a non-traditional celebration that still includes all the pomp and circumstance an occasion like this deserves but with a twist that highlights you as an individual.

What can I expect from the convocation ceremony?

You can expect a dynamic and inclusive atmosphere that embraces each graduate's uniqueness and individual distinctiveness. As part of this endeavor, we invite you to decorate your graduation caps in any way that represents your personality and passions. This is a great way to showcase your creativity, show your personal accomplishments, and make this distinctly your celebration.

Where will the convocation take place?

he convocation ceremonies for the 2023 graduating class of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will be held in the Clarke Building auditorium (CB101A/B/C).

Do I need to check-in?

Check-in for the convocation ceremony will be at the Northwest entrance to the Clarke Building. Look for the balloons.

What happens during convocation?

Once you have checked-in, you will proceed to the processional queue. This will be the last opportunity you have to ensure that your regalia is correct and in place before moving to the platform. All graduates within the queue will be directed to one of the “name readers” on the left or right-hand side of the stage. You will then hand your card to the reader, who will announce your name and degree to the audience members. You will then proceed across the stage to the ceremonial handshake by one of the colleges' deans and receive your diploma cover. At this time, your family will have a small window of opportunity to take a couple of pictures. You will then proceed to the faculty greeting area, where you can shake hands with and take pictures with the department faculty members. You will then proceed back up the stairs and out to the meet-and-greet area.

How many guests can I invite?

As a benefit of this unique reimagined convocation, you may have as many guests as you would like to be part of your special day. We encourage you to invite your families and friends as this is a great opportunity for you to share this moment with those who have been there for you throughout your academic journey.

How will my family and friends participate in the ceremony?

In the reimagined convocation ceremony, you and your family will no longer have to sit for a five to six-hour presentation. Instead, in this ceremony, you, the graduate, will have your family and guests with you throughout the entire ceremony. Say goodbye to the grainy pictures taken in low light from across the arena. Now, your pictures will be up close and personal. You can see the proud look on your parent's faces.

Will I be with my cohort?

Yes! Each cohort is given a specific time that they will be walking for convocation. This is designed to allow all of your cohort to gather together in celebration of your accomplishments. You will have the opportunity to witness them cross the stage and receive recognition. We encourage you to celebrate and show your enthusiasm for the accomplishments you have each made throughout your educational journey.

Will I be able to see the faculty?

YES! The faculty and staff who have influenced your educational experience will be an intimate part of your day. Instead of being seated far across the arena from the name reading and processions, these individuals be on stage with you to recognize you as your name is called. Additionally, they will be available after the completion of your cohort to take pictures and celebrate your accomplishments with you.

Will there be additional photo opportunities?

YES! The college will have multiple photo opportunities both inside and outside the Clarke Building.

When is the commencement ceremony?

Graduates are highly encouraged to attend the traditional commencement ceremony held on the evening of May 4th. As part of this ceremony, graduates will gather and join the processional that begins in the Fugal Gateway Building and then march as a graduating class to the UCCU center. As part of the ceremony, graduates will hear from the Commencement Speaker, the Faculty Senate President, Provost Vaught, and President Tuminez. Graduates' families and friends will witness the turning of the tassels, indicating their official graduation, at the culmination of the commencement ceremonies, after which graduates will march out of the UCCU center as alumni of UVU.

Where can I park?

We suggest parking close to the Clarke Building to participate in the convocation ceremony. There will be no parking pass enforcement on this day.

To request an accommodation due to a disability for UVU events please call 801-863-8747. This number is only for requesting an accommodation due to a disability and not for event information. Requests must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. You can also send an email to

ASL interpreting requests (for graduates and guests) must be submitted at least one week prior to the event. Email to request ASL interpreters.

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