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School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

This School of Engineering and Applied Sciences commencement ceremony is only for undergraduate students graduating from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Eligibility

This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for SEAS UNDERGRADS 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 advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.

Summer 2017 Grad Term (Sept. '17 Degree Candidate)

You are a degree candidate for next academic year. However, if you would prefer to participate in this year's ceremony instead, you can. If you apply for Sept. '17 degree conferral and register for this year's ceremony, your name will be announced; however, your name will not be printed in the program, since it only lists degree conferral candidates through the past academic year.

Candidates for Degrees Conferred Later Than September 2017

Please join us for a future ceremony, based on the date of your degree conferral.

Registration

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: May 1.

Student Information

Your Name in the Printed Program

If you would like to verify that your name will be printed in the commencement program, please check the registration site (see above). Students have the option to check their name without registering for the ceremony. The name printed will be your official university name as it appears in HUB unless you indicate otherwise. Any changes must be made by April 1 to allow timely printing of the program. 

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

Meet in the Edward L. Wright Practice Facility (lower level in Alumni Arena) one full hour prior to the ceremony start time. Further instructions will be given to you by the commencement marshals at that time. 

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 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)
  • Voice amplifiers
  • Noisemakers
  • Animals (except in the case of service animals trained to perform needed tasks for attendees with disabilities)

Making Plans/Reservations for After the Ceremony

A reception will be held immediately following the commencement ceremony. Light refreshments will be served. Make your plans to allow time for you and your guests to attend the reception. Details will be provided closer to the event. All are welcome.

Tickets and Guest Information

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 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)
  • Voice amplifiers
  • Noisemakers
  • Animals (except in the case of service animals trained to perform needed tasks for attendees with disabilities)

Tickets Not Required

There are no admission tickets for this event.

Doors open for guest seating one hour prior to the ceremony start time. Seating is general admissions: 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.

Saturday, May 20 2017

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Alumni Arena, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Christine Human

Phone: (716) 645-4374

Email: chuman@buffalo.edu

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.

Photography

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.

For your convenience, GradImages has a pre-registration site. You can add e-mails of family and friends who may want to view and purchase your photographs. 

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.