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 2017, February 2018, or June 2018, 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 want to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register for it.
Students should please register online. A registration link will be posted here by noon on February 1. Registration deadline: May 4.
*Attention Rehabilitation Science students graduating in 2018: You will need to register twice; once for your departmental hooding ceremony and once for the SPHHP commencement ceremony. These are two separate events. A link to information about the Rehabilitation Science hooding event will be posted here shortly.
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.
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.
Please see the Accessibility for Guests page.
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)
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:
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.
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.
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 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 18.
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.
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.
Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies as long as you follow these guidelines.
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.
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.
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.
1 p.m. - 3p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus
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.
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.