School of Management

Undergraduate

This School of Management commencement ceremony is only for undergraduate students graduating from the School of Management.

Eligibility

This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for School of Management UNDERGRADS 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)

If you are not officially graduating by the end of the spring semester, your name will not appear in this year's printed commencement program. However, you still may participate in this ceremony; registration required as described below. 

Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.

Registration

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.

By late February, all undergraduates eligible to participate in the commencement exercise will be sent information regarding the ceremony and instructed to register via the online form if they wish to attend. 

Registration Dates/Process

Register online; registration will be available in February. To ensure prospective graduates are seated and recognized in alphabetical sequence by degree, registration MUST be completed by April 3, 2020.

Student Information

Those students who register for commencement, will receive an email in early May with final details.

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.

Recognition of Latin Honors

Students earning baccalaureate degrees (including those awarded as part of combined degrees) are eligible to receive Latin honors based on their UB cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the following scale:

Average (based on 4.0=A)

  • 3.20 — cum laude
  • 3.50 — magna cum laude
  • 3.75 — summa cum laude

To receive the Latin honors designation in the printed commencement programs, and to be eligible to wear the honorific gold cord (cum laude, magna and summa) during these ceremonies, candidates for the June degree conferral date must:

  • Qualify based upon their UB cumulative GPA through the winter intersession of that year, and projected UB credit hours through the spring semester of that year; standings for Latin honors may change once final grades are posted or degrees conferred.
  • Present a minimum of 60 credit hours of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not grades of 'P', 'S' or 'U').

This recognition is only intended for students who will have their degrees conferred in June, or have had their degrees conferred in the previous February or September.

The gold cords will be available for purchase ($12) at the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning April 21. Students must present their UB ID at time of purchase.

Recognition of Other Honors

Candidates for graduation are also encouraged to wear on their robes any insignia, emblems or pins signifying membership in honorary societies or academic organizations, or special honors received for academic or extracurricular activities.

Family Members from Abroad Who Require Letter of Invitation

Do you have family members from abroad who wish to come to your ceremony to see you graduate? Do you need a letter of invitation for documentation?

You may request a letter of invitation for family members by contacting the International Student Services Office at isss@buffalo.edu. The title of the email should be: Invitation letter needed for commencement.

Student Instructions for Day of Commencement

Signs will direct you to the pre-staging area in the Edward Wright Practice Facility of Alumni Arena. All students participating in the undergraduate ceremony must arrive at Alumni Arena at 7:30 a.m.

Also, in the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "For Your Safety -- Prohibited Items." This information about security procedures and prohibited items applies to graduating students as well.

Plans/Reservations for After the Ceremony

Allow two hours for the ceremony and another 15-30 minutes to get off campus and to your restaurant of choice. Therefore, do not make reservations before 11:30 a.m.

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.

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 Alumni Arena. 

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.

For Your Safety -- Prohibited Items

Information on prohibited items is forthcoming. Please check back.

Individual Names Announced

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

Saturday, May 16, 2020

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (approximately)
Alumni Arena, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Julie LoTempio

Phone: (716) 645-3204

Email: jal27@buffalo.edu

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.