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.
The Graduate School of Education commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the Graduate School of Education. We are honored and proud to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.
This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for students who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:
Students should check with their advisers to make sure all degree requirements have been met.
If a student would like to petition for an exception to the above stated policy regarding commencement participation, a written request by the student needs to be submitted to the chair of the student's department, four weeks prior to commencement. This request must be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's faculty adviser or program director. Approved requests must be forwarded to Dawn Haak.
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.
GSE will surface mail an invitation to September 2019 graduates and email February 2020 graduates and June 2020 degree candidates. Only those that receive an invitation will be instructed to go to a designated website to complete an online registration form, after which they will receive an email confirmation. PLEASE NOTE: The buffalo.edu email address is the only email address that we will use to communicate this information to students.
Specific commencement ceremony instructions will be emailed to all registered participants one week prior to commencement day.
Each doctoral graduate must be hooded by a GSE faculty member—most often their primary adviser. The doctoral graduate may be hooded by two faculty members, at least one being a GSE faculty member, provided the name, professional title, and institution of the second participant is forwarded to Dawn Haak four weeks prior to commencement.
In the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "For Your Safety;" this information on security procedures and prohibited items applies to graduating students as well.
Students should please report to the student robing area by 8 a.m. The student robing area is on the ground floor level of the Center for the Arts; please follow the signage.
There are no admission tickets for this ceremony. Participating degree candidates may invite as many guests as they desire.
Guest seating begins at 8:30 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-served.
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.
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.
Additional safety information is forthcoming. Please check back.
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Center for the Arts, 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.