What to Expect at Commencement

Group of graduates moving tassels.

General Information

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2023

Location: Alumni Arena

Morning Ceremony (Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics): 9:30 a.m.

Afternoon Ceremony (Social Sciences and Humanities): 3:00 p.m.

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

Arrival Information

Please arrive to the Edward Wright Practice Facility (room 76, also known as the triple gym) in Alumni Arena an hour and a half prior to your ceremony start time (8:00 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, 1:30 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. ceremony). You may enter the arena via the Coventry Circle or Webster Road entrance (FYI - the Webster entrance is closer to the triple gym). Don't forget your cap, gown, hood and tassel!

Once you've arrived, please follow the steps below:

Important notes

If you do not arrive an hour and a half prior to your ceremony start time, we cannot guarantee you will have the opportunity for a posed head shot photo.

We recommend limiting the items (purses, bags, etc) you bring with you as you will need to hold onto them for the duration of the event. 

THIS IS A TICKETED CEREMONY. All guests over the age of two will need a ticket to enter the arena. Children two and under do not need a ticket.
All guest tickets are mobile-only. Please make sure your phone is charged and the brightness is turned up so we can easily scan your ticket when you arrive.
We recommend that guests park in the following lots:
  • Stadium Lot 
  • Slee A Lot 
  • Baird A Lot

During commencement ceremonies, guests are welcome to park in any faculty/staff and student parking lots; a UB parking pass is not required. 

Guests may enter Alumni Arena via the Coventry Circle (front) entrance. Doors will open approximately an hour and a half prior to the ceremony. All seating is general admission

Unfortunately, we do not have additional tickets for this ceremony. Friends and family who do not have a ticket for the ceremony are invited to view the ceremony via live simulcast online. A link to the live-stream and for technical requirement will be posted here prior to the ceremony.

Event Security

Safety is our first priority. Upon entry to Alumni Arena, security personnel will greet students and guests and conduct a speedy inspection of all bags, purses, and containers. They may also ask you to unfasten any outerwear. Due to these security measures, please plan to arrive a few minutes early.

Please note and alert your guests that the following items are strictly prohibited on the premises:

  • Strollers
  • Bags or backpacks larger than 12"x12"x6"
  • Food and beverages
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Illicit drugs and/or related paraphernalia
  • Signs/sticks
  • Flags/banners
  • Balloons or beach balls
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Laser objects
  • Voice amplifiers or noise makers
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Any item that, in the judgment of venue management, may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of the event by other guests.