Graduate School of Education

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:

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

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 Communication and Student/Alumni Relations Specialist Alan Gellin (


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.

Registration Process

GSE will surface mail an invitation to September 2018 graduates and email February 2019 graduates and June 2019 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 email address is the only email address that we will use to communicate this information to students.

Student Information

Specific commencement ceremony instructions will be emailed to all registered participants one week prior to commencement day.

Students with Disabilities

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.

Guests with Disabilities

Please see the Accessibility for Guests page.

Hooding of Doctoral Students

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 ( four weeks prior to commencement. 

Student Instructions for the Day of Commencement

In the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "Prohibited Items." This information 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.

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.

Guest seating begins at 8:30 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. 

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.

Friday, May 17, 2019

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Alan Gellin

Phone: (716) 645-1347


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.

Gifts and Keepsakes

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