The Class of 2020 commencement ceremony will be held in the Alumni Arena on UB's north campus.
North Campus directions are available on the Visiting UB website. To ensure your vist to campus during the busy Commencement season goes well, please view the alternate campus access information below.
Use the Coventry Entrance (off of Millersport Highway) or Flint Entrance (off Millersport Highway or Maple Road) for the most direct access to events at Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall.
To avoid most traffic after events, park in Furnas Lot, Jarvis A + B Lots, or Ketter Lot. To access these lots, enter campus from Rensch Road (off of Sweet Home Road), or use the Hamilton Entrance (off the John James Audubon Parkway). Please note that it is a short walk (approximately 7-9 minutes) from these lots to Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall.
All attendees will need to show proof that they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 1; proof will be checked by event staff at entry. A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well. Masks are required for all inside campus buildings. Children under 12 who are not vaccinated, will still be admitted but must be masked at all times at all UB venues. Reminder: guests of graduates, age 3 and over, require a ticket for the event.
Upon arrival, security personnel will conduct a speedy inspection of all belongings.
The Special Events Lot, Slee A Lot and Baird A Lot are recommended for guest parking. Shuttle service will be available from the Special Events Lot before and after both ceremonies, traveling to and from the Coventry Loop outside the front doors of Alumni Arena. During commencement ceremonies, guests are welcome to park in any faculty/staff and student parking lots; a UB hangtag is not required. For a map with details for parking lots; please see the UB North Campus Map.
More information on accessible parking can be found below.
Tickets are required for all guests attending the ceremony. Each registered graduate will receive 4 guest tickets.
Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies; please follow these guidelines.
|Ages 3 and up||Ages 2 and under|
|A guest ticket is required.||No ticket is required as long as the child will be seated on a lap.|
Baby strollers are not permitted inside this venue.
The upper Baird and Slee Lots are designated as accessible parking for guests with disabilities. Those with official parking hangtags may utilize these accessible lots and spaces. The University at Buffalo does not issue these hangtags.
Guests who are unable to walk from the parking lot may be dropped off in the Coventry Loop in front of the building. Parking is not permitted in Coventry Loop.
While entry into the building is possible at either the doors off of Coventry Loop or Webster Rd., the Coventry entrance is a preferable entry point for guests with disabilities.
Elevators are located at both the Webster and Coventry ends of the building.
A limited number of wheelchairs will be available at the Guest Services desk inside the Coventry doors of Alumni Arena, to transport guests from Coventry Loop to the designated seating areas at top of 100-level and between the 200 and 300 seating levels.
These wheelchairs cannot be used by guests to sit in during the ceremony. We strongly encourage guests who need wheelchairs to supply their own. This is especially crucial in case of an emergency evacuation.
There is no specific ticket for accessible seating. For ceremonies requiring guest tickets, each guest will need a standard guest ticket.
Specific areas of the Arena have been established for accessible seating. We ask that guests with special needs check in at our Guest Services desk inside the Coventry doors of Alumni Arena so that our usher staff can assist with getting them properly seated.
Please note that guests with special needs may only bring ONE companion to sit with them. The individual in need and their companion must each have a ceremony ticket. This limit is to ensure that we maintain ample seating for others in need.
The three special seating areas are designated for: