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.

Eligibility

Students who have processed application to candidacy forms, filed for degree with an expected conferral date of September 2016, February 2017, or June 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 Dates and Process

Students should please register online. Registration deadline: May 12.

*Attention Rehabilitation Science students graduating in 2017: You will need to register twice; once for your departmental hooding ceremony and once for the SPHHP school ceremony. These are two separate events. Please refer to the Rehabilitation Science website for more information. 

Student Information

Students will receive emails throughout the spring semester regarding commencement. Students may also visit the school website for the most up-to-date 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 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 Commencement Day

All students must arrive no later than 12 p.m. to begin assembling in the robing room. Signs will be posted in Center for the Arts to direct students to the Drama Theatre (robing room for students). 

Hooding

Only the doctoral students will be hooded on stage by their mentor. All master students must be hooded prior to the procession into the theater. Please note that all DPT students will be hooded in a separate ceremony on Friday May 19. 

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.

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 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.

Saturday, May 20 2017

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

Email: whitehea@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

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. 

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.