Spring 2020 Graduation

Please see this message UB President Satish Tripathi, posted on March 24, 2020, about this year's commencement ceremonies. We will keep you updated as the Department of History works with the University to develop new plans.

2019 History Graduates.

Department of History Graduation and Awards Ceremony

UB History 2019 graduate.
2019 UB History Graduates.

Date: Saturday May 16, 2020
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Place: 112 Norton Hall, Woldman Theater

Please join the Department of History for a special ceremony to celebrate all our students have accomplished during their time here at the University at Buffalo. This smaller ceremony precedes the big University Commencement the next day, and allows for each of our graduates, both undergraduates and Master's students, to be recognized individually for their achievements. The ceremony will include a special speaker, UB alum Peter Sufrin, and the presentation of awards. All attending graduates will recieve a certificate after we say a few words about each individual student.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception. Students are encouraged to invite their families and friends to share in this occassion with them.

We hope you will be present to hear Peter Sufrin's speech, applaud each other’s accomplishments, and give your professors the chance to wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. 

Whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony, please fill out and return the below RSVP and Department of History Graduation Survey. The completed survey will supply us with important information required by the university and help us to better serve the needs of our current and future students. Please complete both forms no later than May 4, 2020

For questions contact Shayna Devlin, Communications Coordinator, in Park Hall 540 or sdevlin3@buffalo.edu.

RSVP for Department of History Graduation and Awards Ceremony

Students must RSVP for the Department of History Graduation Ceremony here by May 4, 2020.

Department of History Graduation Survey

Students must fill out the survey and submit it no later than May 4, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the Department of History Ceremony separate from the regular, larger UB graduation ceremony?

Yes, the Department of History ceremony is a different additional ceremony from the general College of Arts ceremony. The department ceremony takes place the day before the CAS general ceremony, and is only for History students.

Is the ceremony open to Master's graduates?

Yes! Master's students are encouraged to attend the cermony as wel.

What does the ceremony cost?

There is no charge for the ceremony or the reception.

Is there a dress code?

A cap and gown is recommended.  These are available for purchase from the University Bookstore.  If you choose not to wear a cap and gown, please dress appropriately for the occasion.

Students can order their cap and gown here.

What is the limit on the number of guests I can invite?

We do not limit the number of guests, but we do like to know how many will attend to get the catering order correct!

When should I arrive for the ceremony?

Graduates should arrive by 2:30 pm, at the latest.

Where should I go once I arrive?

Graduates should report to the hallway in front of Woldman Theater.  Parents and friends can go directly into the theater and find seats.

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony lasts about an hour.  There will be a reception immediately afterward outside the auditorium.

What happens at the ceremony?

The departmental ceremony is a smaller, more intimate version of the larger UB Commencement that takes place the next day.  Graduates and faculty process into the auditorium for the ceremony, which includes a brief speech by a guest speaker and the presentation of awards and announcement of various honors and Phi Alpha Theta membership.  Each student comes up to receive a graduation certificate, when your guests may take photos.

Do I get my official diploma at the departmental ceremony?

No. Official diplomas are mailed during the summer when the degree audit is complete.  

Can I "walk" if I am completing courses in the summer?

Yes! Just make sure you have submitted the RSVP and survey forms, so we know to expect you for the ceremony.

How do I find out about and sign up for the “big” (UB-wide) graduation?

Information for the UB-wide ceremony can be found here.

UB History Faculty.