ALANA Celebration of Achievement

The ALANA Celebration of Achievement has historically honored graduating ALANA (African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American) students. 


This spring's ALANA ceremony is intended for students whose graduation term is:

  • Summer 2019
  • Fall 2019
  • or Spring 2020

If you will not complete your graduation requirements by the end of the spring semester but would still like to participate in ALANA, you may do so as long as you will be completing your degree by the end of 2020.


Ceremony registration is separate and different from applying for graduation (degree).

Registration Dates/Process

Students who wish to participate in the ALANA ceremony must register onlineRegistration deadline: 5 p.m. on April 30.  Questions? Please call the Intercultural and Diversity Center at (716) 645-2434.

Student Information

Graduate's Attire

All participating students are asked to wear their cap, gown and hood. Students are also invited to wear any traditional and/or cultural garments to the ceremony. 

ALANA graduates will receive their Kente stole, along with their Certificate of Achievement, when they report to the Center for the Arts prior to the ceremony. 

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

  • Students: If you need accommodations to enable you to participate in a commencement ceremony, please include your request when you register for the ceremony. The coordinator of this ceremony will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodation request. If the coordinator does not contact you at least two weeks before the ceremony, please contact the coordinator of the ceremony directly or the Office of Accessibility Resources.
  • Guests: The university is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities, including physical access to events and reasonable accommodations for members of the university community. Please refer to the Accessibility for Guests webpage for additional information.

Student Instructions for Day of ALANA

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

Graduate check-in is from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. At that time, you will receive your kente cloth and certificate of achievement. We will begin lining up for the procession at 1:30 p.m. so we can start the ceremony promptly at 2 p.m.

Student Speaker Competition

As a graduating student participating in the ALANA Celebration, we encourage you to apply to speak at the celebration. One graduating student (graduate or undergraduate) will be chosen by a committee. 

If you're interested, please upload a copy of your speech. The deadline to submit a speech will be Friday, Apr. 24. Applicants will be contacted with details about the selection process. 

Advice for speech writers:

  • The ALANA committee is looking for speeches that offer a student's perspective and helps the audience members, especially the graduates, celebrate their unique experiences at UB, while allowing them to look to their future as UB alumni.
  • Understand your audience and their needs. ALANA is open to all UB students who understand, advocate and appreciate the guiding principles applied by and for People of Color in historical, political, educational, economic and social contexts.
  • The content of your speech should be in keeping with the purpose of ALANA, which is to celebrate the achievements of UB's graduating students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Speeches should be limited to 5-7 minutes.
  • Share your draft with others to get their feedback and make revisions. You can take your speech to UB's Center for Excellence in Writing in 209 Baldy Hall.

Slideshow Photo Submissions

If you have photos of your memories at UB and you would like us to include them in our presentation during the celebration, submit photos (5 max, limit to 1 selfie). The deadline to submit photos will be Friday, May 1

Tickets and Guest Information

Admission tickets are not required for guests of the ceremony.  Guest seating begins at 1:30 p.m. and is general admission (first-come, first-served).

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.

For Your Safety -- Prohibited Items

Information on prohibited items is forthcoming. Please check back.

Individual Names Announced

The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.


Graduating students participating in ALANA, and their guests, are welcome to attend the post-ceremony reception.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

2 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Kevin Ahuna

Phone: (716) 645-5613


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.