Graduate School of Education

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.

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

Registration Process

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 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.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

  • Students: If you need accommodations to enable you to participate in a commencement ceremony, please include your request when you register for the ceremony. The coordinator of this ceremony will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodation request. If the coordinator does not contact you at least two weeks before the ceremony, please contact the coordinator of the ceremony directly or 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.

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 Dawn Haak 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 "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.

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. 

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.

Friday, May 15, 2020

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

Ceremony Contact

Dawn Haak

Phone: (716) 645-1476


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.