School of Architecture and Planning

The School of Architecture and Planning commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the School of Architecture and Planning. We are honored and proud to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.

Eligibility

This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for the students described above who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:

  • Summer 2019 (Sept. '19 degree conferral)
  • Fall 2019 (Feb. '20 degree conferral)
  • Spring 2020 (June '20 degree conferral)

Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.

If you have not met all the requirements to be on the official graduation list, you may still participate. However, your name may not appear in the program.

Registration

Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register for it.

Registration Dates

Graduating students should please register online to participate in the ceremony. Registration deadline: April 30.

Student Information

Instructions for students attending the ceremony will be emailed in April.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

  • Students: If you need accommodations to enable you to participate in a commencement ceremony, please contact the coordinator of this ceremony as far in advance as possible. If you haven't received finalized arrangements from the coordinator at least two weeks before the ceremony, please check back with them or contact the Office of Accessibility Resources.
  • Guests: The university is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities, including physical access to events and reasonable accommodations for members of the university community. Please refer to the Accessibility for Guests webpage for additional information.

Recognition of Latin Honors

Students earning baccalaureate degrees (including those awarded as part of combined degrees) are eligible to receive Latin honors based on their UB cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the following scale:

Average (based on 4.0=A)

  • 3.20 — cum laude
  • 3.50 — magna cum laude
  • 3.75 — summa cum laude

To receive the Latin honors designation in the printed commencement programs, and to be eligible to wear the honorific gold cord (cum laude, magna and summa) during these ceremonies, candidates for the June degree conferral date must:

  • Qualify based upon their UB cumulative GPA through the winter intersession of that year, and projected UB credit hours through the spring semester of that year; standings for Latin honors may change once final grades are posted or degrees conferred.
  • Present a minimum of 60 credit hours of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not grades of 'P', 'S' or 'U').

This recognition is only intended for students who will have their degrees conferred in June, or have had their degrees conferred in the previous February or September.

The gold cords will be available for purchase ($12) at the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning April 21. Students must present their UB ID at time of purchase.

Recognition of Other Honors

Candidates for graduation are also encouraged to wear on their robes any insignia, emblems or pins signifying membership in honorary societies or academic organizations, or special honors received for academic or extracurricular activities.

Student Instructions for Day of Commencement

In the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "For Your Safety -- Prohibited Items." This information applies to graduating students as well.

Arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. It is essential that participating students arrive on time so that photographs and arrangements can be completed for the ceremony to start on time. Signage in the Center for the Arts will direct you to the student robing area which is on the building's ground floor level. Please do not bring any valuables with you to the room, as the room will be unattended during the commencement ceremony.

Tickets and Guest Information

Tickets Not Required

There are no admission tickets for this ceremony. Participating degree candidates may invite as many guests as they desire.

Seating begins one hour prior to the ceremony start time and is general admission (first-come, first-served).

Directions, Parking, Seating and Other Guest Info

The Guest Info section of this website has all the information your guests need to know about directions and parking, seating (including seating for children and infants), accessibility and visiting campus.

Guests Attending with Children

Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies but please review the guidelines below.

Baby Strollers

Baby strollers are not permitted in the seats or aisles in the theater because of the safety hazards they pose. Therefore, the use of baby strollers is discouraged. If a baby stroller is necessary, it must be left in the entrance of the theater at your own risk. 

Crying and Disruptive Children and Babies

If you are with a child who is talking, crying or moving around in a manner that is distracting to the ceremony, you may be asked to step outside the ceremony.

For Your Safety -- Prohibited Items

Information on prohibited items is forthcoming. Please check back.

Individual Names Announced

The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.

Friday, May 15, 2020

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Barbara Carlson

Phone: (716) 829-3920

Email: carlsonb@buffalo.edu

Caps/Tams, Gowns, Hoods and Tassels

Graduating students participating in commencement wear academic apparel. Order early to make sure you get the appropriate items on time.

Diplomas Mailed 6-8 Weeks After Conferral

The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to your permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after the conferral date. Students are responsible for making address changes; these should be made through your HUB Student Center to ensure that you receive your diploma.