Commencement #UBClassof2020

UB Commencement.

Congratulations, #UBClassof2020!

The College of Arts and Sciences will present two virtual commencement ceremonies:

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

Post on social media using #UBclassof2020

On this page:

#UBClassof2020 Celebration Gallery

Departments and Programs: Anthropology; Asian Studies; Art; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Classics; Communication; Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Economics; English; Environment and Sustainability; Geography; Geology; Global Gender and Sexuality Studies; History; Jewish Thought; Linguistics; Mathematics; Media Study; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Romance Languages and Literatures; Sociology; Special Studies; Theatre and Dance; Transnational Studies; Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I will be featured in the Virtual Commencement ceremony?

Each student who is eligible to graduate (those eligible for degree conferral in September 2019, February 2020 or June 2020) will have a slide, regardless of whether the student submitted a photo and personal message. Student slides will contain the basic information (name, degree and major) of each graduate and when clicked, their name and Latin honors (if applicable) will be announced. 

Students whose degree will be conferred outside of these periods and did not request approval to participate in the virtual ceremony will not be included. If a student was not eligible to participate, but requested and received approval in the last two weeks from the College of Arts and Sciences to participate, then they will be included in the virtual Commencement ceremony.

When will I see and hear my name?

Each student and their guests will be able to search for their graduate by name or major. Once the slide of the particular graduate is displayed on the screen, guests will be able to click on the slides of individual graduates to hear the names announced and view information submitted by the students, if applicable.

How can students make the virtual Commencement experience memorable, even at home?

We encourage participants to visit the university’s special #UBClassof2020 site. There, students and their guests can see and contribute social media shoutouts, access tools to share memories and show their UB spirit! Additionally, the university has made several senior traditions virtual this year, which students can also access on the #UBClassof2020 site.

  • Virtual Invites: Students can download virtual invites to share with family and friends letting them know when and where to tune in for Commencement. 
  • Virtual Swag: Fun tools to enhance social media posts like UB-branded backgrounds, Instagram lenses, Little Victor cut-outs, photo props and UB GIFs.
  • Print-A-Bulls: Graduates and their families can download and print a variety of items to help make the celebration at home more festive. These include car parade signs, home window signs, UB pennants and mortarboards to decorate. 
  • DIY Videos: Learn how to make your own mortar board cap, diploma or UB cookies!
  • Class of 2020 Photo Mosaic: Seniors can share their favorite UB memories to create a larger, community-driven memento image. Viewers can click on individual photos within the mosaic to see personal memories. Following commencement, a poster will be created of the finished mosaic.
  • Sign-A-Bull: Students can leave their legacy by virtually "signing" the 2020 Sign-A-Bull. The Class of 2020 Sign-a-Bull will be the first in a future "Hall of Bulls." Sign-A-Bulls from previous graduating classes will we be digitized for subsequent inclusion.

The most up to date information will be posted on this web page, but for answers to specific questions not addressed here, please email

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