School of Law

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: If you run into any problems, please e-mail


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 websiteRegistration 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. 

Student Information

Students with Disabilities

Please contact the coordinator of this ceremony as far in advance as possible to discuss your needs and what accommodations you require.

Guests with Disabilities

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. 

Tickets and Guest Information


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:

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 as long as you follow these guidelines.

Tickets for Children and Infants

Ages 2+ Years Under 2 Years

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.


Strollers, Baby Carriers and Car Carriers

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.

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.

Individual Names Announced

The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.

Sunday, May 21 2017

3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (approximately)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Rebecca Donoghue

Phone: (716) 645-2052


Caps/Tams, Gowns, Hoods and Tassels

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. 


A professional photographer will be taking photos at this ceremony. Proofs will be e-mailed to each student approximately one week following the commencement ceremony.

GradImages is the contracted photography studio. Please direct all post-ceremony inquiries to the studio: 1-800-261-2576.

Watch Online

This ceremony will be streamed live online. After commencement weekend, a video link will also be posted online for you to watch the ceremony. 

Gifts and Keepsakes

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