School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


This School of Engineering and Applied Sciences commencement ceremony is only for undergraduate students graduating from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This includes students who are conferring the undergraduate portion of a combined BS/MS degree and students who are graduating with a BS/MBA.


This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for SEAS 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)
Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.

Summer 2020 Grad Term (Sept. '20 Degree Candidate)

You are officially 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. '20 degree conferral and register for this year's ceremony, your name will be announced when you cross the stage; however, your name will not be included in the printed program. The printed program only lists degree conferral candidates for the current academic year.

Candidates for Degrees Conferred Later Than September 2020

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


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.

Registration Dates/Process

Please register online. A registration link will be posted here on March 2, 2020. Registration deadline: May 1, 2020.

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 preferred name as it appears in HUB unless you indicate otherwise. Any changes must be made by April 15, 2020 to allow timely printing of the program. 

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.

Student Instructions for Day of Commencement

Meet in the Edward L. Wright Practice Facility, located on the lower level of 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. 

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.

Tickets and Guest Information

Tickets Required

This is a ticketed ceremony. All guests will need a ticket to enter Alumni Arena (the location for this ceremony). Each graduating student will be able to request a number of tickets (up to 5) when they register for the ceremony. The graduating student will not need a ticket; they will be seated in a special section with all of the other graduates.

Ticket Pick-Up: Upon registering for the ceremony, students will receive a confirmation email that will include information listing date/time options for when they may pick up their tickets. Students must pick up their tickets in advance of commencement weekend, during the dates/times specified in the confirmation email. The student will need to show their UB ID when they pick up their tickets. 

Extra Tickets: After the registration window has closed, any extra tickets will be distributed to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Details will be announced after the registration window closes on May 1, 2020.

Doors open for guest seating 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 but please review the guidelines below.

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 Alumni Arena. 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.

For Your Safety — Prohibited Items

Information about 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

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Alumni Arena, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Christine Human

Phone: (716) 645-4374


Brianna Sprole

Phone: (716) 645-3405


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.