Undergraduate Commencement – Arts, Natural Sciences, Math and Interdisciplinary Programs

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!

Event Schedule

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: UB Stadium

Coordinator: Anne Mecca
Contact: (716) 645-2401 or cas-commencement@buffalo.edu


Students wishing to participate in the commencement ceremony must register online. Please see Countdown to Commencement for the most up-to-date information on registering.


The registration link for our 2021 ceremonies will be posted here soon.

Participation Policy

This ceremony is for College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students from the above departments and programs with degree conferral dates of August 2020, February 2021, and June 2021. Students must contact their advisers to ensure all degree requirements have been met.

If you have applied for a Summer 2021 graduation term, you are a candidate for August 2021 degree conferral, which is part of the next academic year. However, if you would prefer to participate in this year's ceremony instead, you may. By registering for this year's ceremony, your name will be announced. 

If you have applied for a graduation term later than Summer 2021, please join us for the Spring 2022 ceremony. 

Graduates with majors in each ceremony (example: Art and English) may either attend either the morning or the afternoon ceremony or both ceremonies. If you are attending both, please note that you must register for each ceremony separately.

Academic Apparel

The University Bookstore, located on the North Campus, will handle all academic apparel orders. If you plan to purchase a cap and gown set, you are encouraged to do so by April 2. After April 2, the shipping price increases and orders are not guaranteed to arrive in time for your ceremony. Details and the link to order are available at UB's commencement website.


Printed Diploma

The Office of the Registrar will mail a printed diploma, free of charge, to your permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after the conferral date. Students are responsible for making address changes; these should be made by the term conferral date to ensure that you receive your diploma.

Certified Electronic Diploma

Students with degree conferral dates of June 2020 and later also have the option to purchase a certified electronic diploma (CeDiploma) for $15.95. An offer will be sent to your UB email, from info@credentialtrust.com, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.

Guest Information

A decision on whether guests will be permitted to attend the ceremonies will be made by the university at a later date, in consultation with the county and state departments of health. All ceremonies will be live streamed.