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 Communication and Student/Alumni Relations Specialist Alan Gellin (email@example.com) four weeks prior to commencement. This request must be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's faculty adviser or program director.
Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). If you want to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register for it.
GSE will surface mail an invitation to September 2017 graduates and email February 2018 graduates and June 2018 degree candidates. Only those that receive an invitation will be instructed to go to a designated web site 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.
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.
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 Communication and Student/Alumni Relations Specialist Alan Gellin (firstname.lastname@example.org) four weeks prior to commencement.
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 as long as you follow these guidelines.
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.
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.
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
Caps, gowns and other regalia are available through the University Bookstore on the North Campus. Order early to make sure you get everything on time.
The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to your permanent address approximately four to six 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.