School of Public Health and Health Professions

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


Students who have processed application to candidacy forms, filed for degree with an expected conferral date of September 2018, February 2019, or June 2019, and who remain in good academic standing may participate in commencement. 


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 and Process

Students should please register onlineRegistration deadline: May 3.

*Attention Rehabilitation Science students graduating in 2019: You will need to register twice; once for the SPHHP commencement ceremony (using link in the paragraph above) and once for your departmental hooding ceremony. These are two separate events each with their own registration site.

Student Information

Students will receive emails throughout the spring semester regarding commencement. Students may also visit the School of Public Health and Health Professions website for information. 

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 6. 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 Commencement Day

In the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "Prohibited Items." This information applies to graduating students as well.

All students must arrive no later than 12 p.m. to begin assembling in the student robing room. Signage in the Center for the Arts will help direct students to the student robing room.


Only the doctoral students will be hooded on stage by their mentor. All masters students must be hooded prior to the procession into the theater. Please note that all OT and DPT students will be hooded in a separate ceremony on Friday, May 17. 

Tickets and Guest Information

There are no admission tickets for this ceremony. Participating graduates are each asked to limit their guests to a MAXIMUM OF FOUR.

Guests should arrive no earlier than 12 p.m. Ushers will inform guests when the Mainstage doors open for seating. 

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 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.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

1 p.m. - 3p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

April E. Whitehead

Phone: (716) 829-6781


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.


SPHHP will have a professional photographer taking pictures before, during, and after the ceremony. The pictures will be downloaded to the school website and an email will be sent out to all graduates with the link. Once downloaded, you will be able to print out the pictures. Should you wish to order a professional package, SPHHP will provide the contact information for the photographer on their website. 

Watch Online

Online viewing info.

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.