College of Arts and Sciences

UB to reschedule commencement

Out of concern for the health and safety of our campus community, the University at Buffalo’s May 2020 commencement ceremonies will not take place as scheduled.

See President Satish K. Tripathi's full announcement. More information will be posted on the Commencement website as it becomes available.

Graduate

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.

Eligibility

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

Registration

To participate in the ceremony, eligible candidates are required to register online. Beginning January 10, you may register by visiting the College's site. Registration deadline: April 10. 

Student Information

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.

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 "For Your Safety;" this information about security procedures and prohibited items 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. 

For Your Safety

Prohibited Items

  • Bags over 12"x12"x6" (including purses and backpacks)
  • Umbrellas (except the small, collapsible kind)
  • Food/beverages/alcohol
  • Illegal drugs and/or related paraphernalia
  • Weapons
  • Signs/sticks
  • Flags/banners
  • Balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Laser objects
  • Voice amplifiers
  • Noise-making devices
  • Animals (except service animals trained to perform a service or task for attendees with accessibility needs)
  • Any item, that in the judgment of venue management, may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of an event by other guests.

Additional safety information is forthcoming. Please check back.

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 15, 2020

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

Ceremony Contact

Danielle Lewis

Phone: (716) 645-1457

Email: dvegas@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.