ALANA Celebration of Achievement

The ALANA Celebration of Achievement is open to all students who understand, advocate and appreciate the guiding principles applied by and for People of Color in historical, political, educational, economic and social contexts.


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

  • Summer 2018
  • Fall 2018
  • or Spring 2019

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 2019.


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: 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. 

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.

Student Instructions for Day of ALANA

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

Graduate check-in is from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. At that time, you will receive your kente cloth and certificate of achievement.

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 April 26. 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 May 5

Tickets and Guest Information

Admission tickets are not required for guests of the ceremony.  Guest seating begins at 2:30 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.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited --

  • Large bags
  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas (except the small, collapsible kind)
  • Laser Objects
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs and/or related paraphernalia
  • Signs/sticks
  • Flags/banners
  • Balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Voice amplifiers
  • Noise-making devices
  • Animals (except in the case of service animals trained to perform needed tasks for attendees with disabilities)
  • Any item, that in the judgment of venue management, may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of an event by other guests.
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 16, 2019

3 p.m. - 4:45 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.

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.