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School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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


This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for the students described above who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:

  • Summer 2016 (Sept. '16 degree conferral)
  • Fall 2016 (Feb.'17 degree conferral)
  • Spring 2017 (June '17 degree conferral)

Students should check with their advisers to make sure all degree requirements have been met.


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/Process

Registration site information will be sent to your UB e-mail address when it is available. Registration Deadline: May 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.  Even if students are not planning on attending the commencement ceremony, all graduating students are asked to complete the commencement registration information in order to have their name listed in the commencement program. 

Student Information

Students with Disabilities

Please contact Denise Grisanti at: as soon as possible to discuss your needs.

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 Day of Commencement

Once students are registered for the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Commencement Ceremony, further instructions will be communicated via your UB e-mail account. 

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.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests will be permitted to enter the hall at 4:30 p.m., no earlier. 

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

5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Karl Fiebelkorn

Phone: (716) 645-2824


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.


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.