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July 28, 2008

Classmate to Give Commencement Address, Collect Degree, at School for Social Work Ceremony

Six doctoral and 100 master’s degrees will be awarded Aug. 15.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass – Not only will Ann Marie Garran deliver the commencement speech at the Smith College School for Social Work ceremony this year, she will also receive her doctoral degree.

Garran, a longtime adjunct associate professor in the School for Social Work, will address 106 graduate students during the school’s 88th ceremony Friday, Aug. 15, at 4 p.m., in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility. The event is free and open to the public.

A gifted teacher and social work practitioner, Garran has led antiracism sessions in communities and agencies throughout the nation. She often lectures about issues of identity development and cross-cultural social work practices.

Earlier this year, along with Smith Professor Joshua Miller, Garran published a book titled “Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions,” a tome that is currently part of the school’s curriculum.

In addition to teaching at Smith since 1999, Garran has taught at the Hunter College, New York University and Fordham University schools for social work. She also works in Hunter College’s Employee Assistance Program as a senior clinical supervisor.

Garran’s clinical work has been primarily with adolescents and their families, both in outpatient and school settings, and has focused on trauma and issues related to oppression and poverty. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University and her master’s of social work at Hunter College.

The Smith College School for Social Work celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Founded in 1918, the school enrolls women and men pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in social work with a concentration in clinical practice. Students alternate three summers of intensive on-campus classroom instruction with two eight-month periods of extensive fieldwork in agencies across the country.

One of the oldest and most distinguished schools for clinical social work in the United States, the school has led the field in developing innovative educational and fieldwork responses to war and trauma. Earlier this summer, the school held a national symposium on “Combat Stress.” 

For information about disability access or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.


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