The School of Law commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the School of Law. We are honored and proud to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.
Those students who have completed the requirements for the JD or LL.M. degree and have diploma dates of February '17, or June '17, or September '17 are eligible to participate in this commencement ceremony.
3Ls graduating in February '17, June '17, or September '17 must apply for graduation online through the hub. Instructions can be found here: http://www.buffalo.edu/hub/students/pdfs/applyForGraduation.pdf. If you run into any problems, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). If you want to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register.
The ceremony registration form is available on the Law School website. Registration deadline: February 17, 2017. Near the end of February, all registered students will be sent further information regarding the ceremony. All students must register to ensure prospective graduates are seated and then recognized in alphabetical sequence by degree.
Please contact the coordinator of this ceremony as far in advance as possible to discuss your needs and what accommodations you require.
Please see the Accessibility for Guests page.
Student Instructions for Commencement Day
Signs will direct you to the pre-staging area in the Drama Theater in the Center for the Arts. All graduates participating in the ceremony must check in at the Drama Theatre no later than 1:30 p.m. for the 2:45 p.m. academic procession and 3 p.m. commencement ceremony. When graduates arrive, they must check in with the Registrar and pick up their name card. You must retain the name card for presentation to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, who will announce your name as you walk across the stage. Please double check the phonetic spelling that you provided on your commencement registration form.
Please bring your pressed academic attire. Please do not bring any personal belongings to the Robing Area in the Drama Theatre. There is nowhere to store your belongings before or during the ceremony. You will not be permitted to store anything below your seat in the Mainstage Theatre. Please give your guests your handbag, coat or umbrella.
The academic procession will begin promptly at 2:45 p.m. If you would like your family members to see you process into the theatre they will need to be seated by 2:45 p.m. The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 pm.
Each graduating student will request a number of tickets (up to 6) when they register for the ceremony. When they fill out the registration form there will be a place to request additional tickets. The graduating student will not need a ticket; they will be seated in a special section with all of the other graduates.
Extra Tickets: Each student will receive the number of tickets they requested (up to 6). After the registration window has closed, the extra tickets for the Mainstage Theatre will be distributed via a lottery to the students who made requests during the registration process. Once all of the extra tickets for the Mainstage Theatre have been distributed we will offer tickets for our overflow seating area in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts. In addition, we will live stream our ceremony on the law school website: www.law.buffalo.edu.
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.
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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 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 theatre at your own risk. 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.
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.
3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (approximately)
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.
Diplomas will be ordered after all degrees have been conferred and they usually take about 6 weeks to arrive in the Registrar's office. When they arrive, the Registrar will notify you through your BUFFALO e-mail account and you will be asked to either pick it up or have it mailed to the permanent address listed in your HUB student center. Any diplomas that have not been picked up after several reminders will be mailed automatically to your permanent address listed in the hub as of 9/1/2017.