School of Social Work

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

Eligibility

Students who have processed application to candidacy forms, filed for degree with an expected conferral date of Feb. 1, June 1 or Sept. 1, 2017, and who remain in good academic standing may participate in commencement. 

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 Process/Deadline

Students: please register for commencement via a Survey Monkey Form in order to participate in the ceremony. Registration deadline: May 17 at 5 p.m.

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

You must be in the robing area by 8 a.m. the morning of commencement. Proceed to the lower level of the Center for the Arts. You must bring your cap, gown, tassel and hood. You will be lined up by degree in the staging area. You cannot leave any personal belongings in the robing area, so please leave any valuables, bags, purses in your vehicle or with your guests.

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 as long as you follow these guidelines.

Baby Strollers

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 theater at your own risk. 

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.

The SSW GSA generally plans a graduation party; keep an eye out for an email confirming the date and time. 

Saturday, May 20 2017

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Dana Horne

Phone: (716) 645-1229

Email: dhorne@buffalo.edu

Sarah J. Watson

Phone: (716) 645-1259

Email: sjwatson@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.

Post-Event Viewing

After commencement weekend, a video link will 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.