This College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony is only for undergraduates in the following departments and programs: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classics, Communication, Communicative Disorders & Sciences, Economics, English, Geography, Global Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Jewish Thought, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Romance Languages & Literatures, Sociology, Special Studies, and Transnational Studies.
This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for undergraduates from the departments/programs listed above who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:
Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.
You are a candidate for Sept. '19 degree conferral which is part of the next academic year. However, if you would prefer to participate in this year's ceremony instead, you can. By registering for this year's ceremony, your name will be announced; however, your name will NOT be printed in the program, since it only lists degree conferral candidates through the past academic year.
Please join us next year for the Spring 2020 ceremony.
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.
Graduating students should please register online to participate in the ceremony. Registration Deadline: April 25.
Once you have registered for the commencement ceremony, you will receive emails periodically throughout the semester. Last-minute details will be emailed by the Wednesday preceding the ceremony.
If you have a disability that impacts your ability to participate in a commencement ceremony, please note your needs and what accommodations you require when you register for the ceremony. The coordinator of this ceremony will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodations. If the coordinator does not contact you at least two weeks before the ceremony, please contact the coordinator directly.
Please see the Accessibility for Guests page.
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)
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:
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 March 6. Students must present their UB ID at time of purchase.
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.
This is a ticketed ceremony. All guests will need a ticket to enter Alumni Arena (the location for this ceremony). As a graduating student registers for the ceremony, they have the opportunity reserve up to SIX guest tickets.
When a student registers for the ceremony, they will immediately receive a confirmation email listing date/time options for when they may pick up their tickets. Students must pick up their tickets in advance of commencement weekend, during dates/times specified in the confirmation email. The student will need to show their UB ID when they pick up their tickets.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide additional tickets for this ceremony. Please plan accordingly.
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.
Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies but please review the guidelines below.
|Ages 2+ Years||Under 2 Years|
For any ticketed ceremony, a guest ticket is required for children ages 2 and older.
Children younger than 2 years old need a guest ticket for any ticketed ceremony only if you are bringing a baby carrier or infant car seat carrier into the ceremony; the ticket is for the seat space that will be taken up by the carrier.
Baby strollers are not permitted in Alumni Arena. Baby carriers and infant car seat carriers are only allowed if you have a ticket for the seat space that will be taken up by the carrier.
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.
Your safety is our first priority. As you arrive, you may be greeted upon entry by security personnel who will conduct a speedy inspection of all belongings you may have with you. You may also be asked to unfasten any outerwear. Because of these security measures, please allow yourself a few extra minutes.
The following items are prohibited:
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced. As each graduate comes forward, they will appear on the image magnification screens.
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.
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Alumni Arena, UB North Campus
Graduating students participating in commencement wear academic apparel. Order early to make sure you get the appropriate items on time.
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.