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School of Nursing

The School of Nursing commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the School of Nursing. We are honored and proud to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.


This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for the students described above who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:

  • Summer 2016 (Sept. '16 degree conferral)
  • Fall 2016 (Feb.'17 degree conferral)
  • Spring 2017 (June '17 degree conferral)

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


Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). If you want to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register.

Registration Dates/Process

Please register online.  Registration Deadline: March 10. You will still be able to register after the deadline date but you will not be able to make any changes to how your name appears in the ceremony program book.

Student Information

Instructions for students attending the ceremony will be e-mailed in early April. 

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.

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 March 7. Students must present 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.

Student Instructions for Day of Commencement

Arrive one full hour prior to the ceremony start time. The robing area for all degree candidates is in the Edward L. Wright Practice Facility (located in the basement of Alumni Arena). The Alumni Arena will provide signs to this room. Further instructions will be given at that time. DO NOT bring purses or valuables as you will not have access to this room after the ceremony.

For Your Safety — Prohibited Items

Your safety is our first priority. As you arrive, you will be greeted upon entry by security personnel who will conduct a speedy inspection of all bags, purses and containers you may have with you. You may also be asked to unfasten any outerwear. Because of these new security measures, please allow yourself a few extra minutes.

  • Large bags
  • Backpacks
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Illicit drugs and/or related paraphernalia
  • Signs/sticks
  • Flags
  • Banners
  • Balloons
  • Umbrellas (except the small, collapsible kind)

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.

Doors to guest seating will open one hour prior to the ceremony start time. Seating is general admission; 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 as long as you follow these guidelines.

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.

Individual Names Announced

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

Friday, May 19 2017

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

Ceremony Contact

Robert Cenczyk

Phone: (716) 829-2287


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 Mailed 4-6 Weeks After Conferral

The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to your permanent address approximately four to six 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 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.