College of Arts and Sciences


This College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony is for all graduate students within the College of Arts and Sciences. We are honored and proud to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.


This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for College of Arts and Sciences MASTERS AND DOCTORAL students who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:

  • Summer 2018 (Sept. '18 degree conferral)
  • Fall 2018 (Feb. '19 degree conferral)
  • Spring 2019 (June '19 degree conferral)

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

Under certain circumstances, students who have not yet completed all degree requirements can request to participate in commencement by emailing the ceremony coordinator, David Lang. In consultation with and support of the student's academic area, petitions to participate will be considered. All written requests must be received prior to the ceremony registration deadline.


To participate in the ceremony, eligible candidates are required to register online. Visit the College's site for details and registration link. Registration deadline: March 15. 

Student Information

Students with Disabilities

Please contact the coordinator of this ceremony as far in advance as possible to discuss your needs and what accommodations you require.

Guests with Disabilities

Please see the Accessibility for Guests page.

Student Instructions for Commencement Day

An email confirmation will be sent out to registered candidates in April.

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

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.

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.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited --

  • Large bags
  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas (except the small, collapsible kind)
  • Laser Objects
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs and/or related paraphernalia
  • Signs/sticks
  • Flags/banners
  • Balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Voice amplifiers
  • Noise-making devices
  • Animals (except in the case of service animals trained to perform needed tasks for attendees with disabilities)
  • Any item, that in the judgment of venue management, may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of an event by other guests.
Individual Names Announced

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

Many departments also schedule gatherings during the days leading up to and including commencement weekend. Please check directly with your department to see if any activities may be taking place in addition to your official commencement ceremony.

Friday, May 17, 2019

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (approximately)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

David J. Lang

Phone: (716) 645-6563


Dan Vargas

Phone: (716) 645-1387


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.


A professional photographer will be taking photos at this ceremony. Proofs will be emailed to each student approximately one week following the commencement ceremony.

Please direct all post-ceremony inquiries to GradImages: 1-800-261-2576.

Watch Online

Online viewing info.

This ceremony will be streamed live online. After commencement weekend, a video link will also be posted online for you to watch the ceremony. 

Gifts and Keepsakes

Let everyone know about your upcoming graduation — and find the perfect keepsake or gift to celebrate the occasion.