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Rutgers School of Social Work Celebrates Class of 2022 at Convocation Ceremony
May 17, 2022

On Monday, May 16, Rutgers School of Social Work hosted an in-person convocation ceremony – the first since 2019 – to recognize BASW, MSW, DSW, and Ph.D. graduates. 

Families and friends gathered in support of their loved ones who have spent years of hard work completing their programs and tackling countless hours of class time, research, and field work. In total, 831 students earned a degree from the School of Social Work this year, including 670 MSW students, 148 BASW students, 11 DSW students, and 2 Ph.D. students.

Dean Cathryn C. Potter welcomed guests to the ceremony and recognized the many sacrifices students have made as they earned their degrees during the pandemic. Graduates were also greeted with supportive remarks from Dr. Francine Conway, Chancellor-Provost of Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, DPS, MSW, BSW, LCSW, President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), delivered the convocation address. Professor Joyner also serves as President of the North America Region of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), which includes Canada and the United States and is a member of IFSW’s Executive Committee. She serves on the boards of the NASW Foundation and the NASW Assurance Services, Inc.

Along with the conferral of the degrees, the School presented the following awards in recognition of our students’ outstanding work:


  • Outstanding MSW Student in the Clinical Specialization: Emmanuelle J Farrell
  • Outstanding MSW Student in the MAP Specialization: Brittany Joy Libby
  • Outstanding MSW Student in the Online Program: Alejandra Maria Bozzolasco
  • Outstanding MSW Student in the Intensive Weekend Program: Maya Wahrman
  • Outstanding MSW Student in the Blended Program: Karl Smith
  • Outstanding MSW Student Studying in Newark: Austin Sroka
  • Outstanding MSW Student Studying in Camden: Khoi Ngo
  • Outstanding MSW Student Studying in New Brunswick: Francesca Marie Baroni


  • Outstanding Student in the Camden BASW Program: Aliyah Jones-Griffith
  • Outstanding Student in the New Brunswick BASW Program: Myrta Maldonado
  • Brian C. Wright Social Work Award: Alanna Rivera


  • Emerging Scholar IIDEA Research Recognition Award: Roxanna Shayesteh Ast

In addition, faculty and staff members were presented the following awards:

  • Outstanding Professor in Clinical Specialization: Tawanda Hubbard
  • Outstanding Professor in MAP Specialization: Anna Haley and Karun Singh
  • Outstanding Professor for Excellence in Inclusion, Intersectionality, Diversity, Equity and Advancement (IIDEA) Teaching: DuWayne Battle
  • Outstanding Professor for Innovative and Creative Teaching: Rebecca Davis
  • Most Supportive Professor: Sara Beth Plummer
  • Exemplary IIDEA Research Recognition Award: Gabriel Robles Alberto
  • Outstanding Part-Time-Lecturer: Jacqueline Phillips
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching in the BASW or MSW Programs: Charles Chear
  • Most Supportive Staff Member: Dori Sabik                                                          

To round out the program, student speaker Khoi Ngo, a member of the MSW Class of 2022, addressed the audience with words of encouragement and support.

Dean Potter concluded the ceremony with words of encouragement for the Class of 2022. "Graduates, you have been prepared for a wonderful career in social work, by an outstanding group of faculty and field instructors," she said. "We wish you great success. Our hope is that each of you will find creative ways to make a difference in the lives of the people and communities you serve. We are so very proud of you!"

Congratulations, graduates, and welcome to the Rutgers School of Social Work alumni network!



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