Graduate Commencement

Event Schedule

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Coordinators: TBD
Contact: TBD

Student Registration Form

Students must register by: TBD.
Students must register online. Onsite/walk-in registration on the day of the ceremony is not permitted.

Participation Policy

This ceremony is for College of Arts and Sciences master’s and doctoral students with degree conferral dates of September 2017, February 2018, and June 2018. Eligible candidates will receive initial notification via email in December 2017. An email confirmation will be sent out to registered candidates at the end of April. 

It is expected that students participating in graduate commencement will have completed all degree requirements. In extraordinary circumstances, a department chair – with agreement of the student’s graduate committee – may petition the Associate Dean for Graduate Education to allow a student who has not completed all requirements to participate in commencement. The Associate Dean for Graduate Education, in consultation with the cognizant Associate Dean for the student’s academic area, will consider the petition. The petition MUST be received prior to the Commencement Ceremony registration deadline.

Academic Apparel

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. 

Commencement Photography

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. 

Commencement Vendors

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

If you have additional questions, please review the Countdown to Commencement or contact Dave Lang at langdv@buffalo.edu.

Prohibited Items

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:

  • Large bags
  • Backpacks
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Illicit drugs and/or related paraphernalia
  • Signs/sticks
  • Flags
  • Banners
  • Balloons
  • Umbrellas (except the small, collapsible kind)