Coordinators: David Lang
Contact: (716) 645-6563 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students must register by date TBD.
Students must register online. Onsite/walk-in registration on the day of the ceremony is not permitted.
This ceremony is for College of Arts and Sciences master’s and doctoral students with degree conferral dates of September 2018, February 2019, and June 2019. Eligible candidates will receive initial notification via email in January 2019. An email confirmation will be sent out to registered candidates by the end of April.
It is expected that students participating in graduate commencement will have completed all degree requirements. In extraordinary circumstances, students who have not yet completed all requirements may request – with agreement of their advisor – to participate in commencement by contacting the ceremony coordinator, David Lang. All written requests must be received prior to the April registration deadline.
Students are responsible for obtaining regalia. The University Bookstore, located on the North Campus, will handle all academic apparel orders. For out-of-town orders, please call (716) 636-6290. Credit cards are accepted.
Grad Images is the contracted photography studio. Photography information will be included in an email notification to registered candidates in late April, and proofs will be mailed to each student about one week following the commencement ceremony. Please direct all post-ceremony inquiries to Grad Images.
After commencement weekend, a video link will be posted online and you may watch a recording of the ceremony.
Q: Do my guests need tickets to attend the ceremony?
A: No. Tickets are not required and there is no limit on the number of guests students may invite.
Q: Where should my guests park?
A: Guests are welcome to park in any of the public lots surrounding the Center for the Arts building. Passengers may be dropped off at the Center for the Arts main entrance. Please advise guests not to park in handicapped parking areas unless appropriate.
Q: Is the Center for the Arts – Mainstage Theatre handicapped accessible and/or is special handicapped seating provided?
A. Yes. Center for the Arts staff will be on site to help facilitate seating in the handicapped seating sections. Assistive listening devices are also available. For additional information, please refer to UB's Accessibility Services. Questions may also be directed to Center for the Arts staff at (716) 645-6259.
Q: Do I need to make prior requests for handicapped guest seating?
A: No. Once your guest arrives on site, any of the Center for the Arts staff can be asked to assist with seating.
Q: I am a participating candidate or faculty member with special needs (visually or physically impaired, etc.) What do I need to do?
A: Please notify the commencement contact person as early as possible to help facilitate the necessary arrangements. In most cases, questions and/or special requests can be directed to Center for the Arts staff at (716) 645-6259.
Q: Are baby strollers permitted?
A: Graduates and guests with small children may bring a baby stroller into the Center for the Arts. However, strollers are not allowed in the seats or aisles of the theater due to potential hazards in the event of an emergency. Strollers may be left in the entrance of the theater at your own risk; ushers inside the theater can direct you to appropriate parking areas for strollers. Please note that guests with children who are talking, crying, or moving around in a manner that is distracting to other guests or the ceremony may be asked to step outside of the theater.
Q: How long is the ceremony?
A: Approximately 90 minutes.
Q: Are all candidates announced during the ceremony?
A: Yes. Each candidate is announced as he/she crosses the stage. Doctoral candidates are also hooded and their dissertation titles are read while onstage.
Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to your PERMANENT ADDRESS approximately six weeks after the conferral date. Please note that students are responsible for submitting any address changes.
Safety is our first priority. Students and guests will be greeted upon entry by security personnel who will conduct a speedy inspection of all bags, purses, and containers. You may also be asked to unfasten any outerwear. Due to these new security measures, please arrive a few minutes early.
Please note and alert your guests that the following items are strictly prohibited on the premises: