2020 Commencement Calendar

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A Message from President Satish K. Tripathi

Out of concern for the health and safety of our campus community, the University at Buffalo’s May 2020 commencement ceremonies will not take place as scheduled. Plans to reschedule graduation celebrations are currently being developed. We will update our graduates and our entire campus community as soon as possible.

While we know this is disappointing news to UB’s Class of 2020 as well their families, friends and our university community, this is a necessary decision given the unprecedented circumstances we face. As we look forward to celebrating our 2020 graduates in a manner befitting their accomplishments, I thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Congratulations, #UBClassof2020!

The College of Arts and Sciences will present three commencement ceremonies:

  • Undergraduate Morning Ceremony: All graduating majors in the Arts, Natural Sciences, Math and Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Undergraduate Afternoon Ceremony: All graduating majors in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Graduate: All graduating master's and doctoral students

Every student who wishes to participate must register online for the appropriate ceremony. Registration links can be found on the individual ceremony pages.

Follow the commencement hashtag, #UBClassof2020 and share in the celebration

Departments and Programs: Art; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Environment and Sustainability; Geology; Mathematics; Media Study; Music; Physics; Theatre and Dance; Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Not sure which department or program you are in? Please contact us!

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Time: 9:30am
Location: Alumni Arena

Coordinator: Anne Mecca
Contact: (716) 645-1391 or cas-commencement@buffalo.edu

Departments and Programs: Anthropology; Asian Studies; Classics; Communication; Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Economics; English; Geography; Global Gender and Sexuality Studies; History; Jewish Thought; Linguistics; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Romance Languages and Literatures; Sociology; Special Studies; Transnational Studies 

Not sure which department or program you are in? Please contact us!

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Alumni Arena

Coordinator: Anne Mecca
Contact: (716) 645-1391 or cas-commencement@buffalo.edu

Departments and Programs: All College of Arts and Sciences departments and programs with graduating master's or doctoral students. 

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Center for the Arts

Coordinator: Danielle Lewis 
Contact: (716) 645-1457 or dvegas@buffalo.edu

#UB10in20 Social Media Photo Challenge

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#UBClassof2020, here’s your chance to score extra tickets to commencement! Complete our 10-photo challenge in 20 days and you could win two extra tickets to your ceremony.

The challenge:

  1. Snap a photo of Baird Point at Lake LaSalle
  2. Grab a selfie with your favorite faculty member
  3. Take a trip to historic Harriman Hall on South campus (home to the Office of Alumni Engagement)
  4. Strike a pose with a bull statue on campus
  5. Visit the Alumni Arena ticket office (it's where you'll pick up your tickets later this spring!)
  6. Take a picture of—or on!—the rainbow crosswalk between the Student Union and the Commons
  7. Find the Laser Goose mural in the basement of the Center for the Arts
  8. Snap a photo in the stacks at one of our UB Libraries
  9. Take a photo looking down the academic spine
  10. Get a picture in your best UB gear with your #UBHornsUp!

How to enter:

1. Follow @UB_artsandsciences on Instagram

2. Post your photos to Instagram in a multi-photo timeline post tagged with #UBClassof2020 and #UB10in20. Make sure your account isn’t private, or we won’t be able to see your posts!

That’s it! You’ll have 20 days to complete the challenge, from Thursday, February 20 until Tuesday, March 10 at 11:59 p.m. We’ll choose one random winner on Wednesday, March 11 who will be contacted via DM with instructions on how to get their extra tickets. You must be a College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate student who is eligible for graduation and registered to walk in commencement to win.

Questions? Email us at cas-commencement@buffalo.edu.

Undergraduate Commencement Student Speaker Competition

One more chance to raise your voice!

Every year, the College of Arts and Sciences selects two student speakers for the morning and afternoon undergraduate commencement ceremonies. This honor includes several perks, and finalists will have the opportunity to meet with a consultant to practice and perfect their speech.