Apply and Get Ready

Use this step-by-step checklist to ensure you are prepared for Commencement and get ready for your big day. 

Step 1: Apply for Graduation (Degree)

Receive Your Diploma

In order to graduate and receive your diploma you need to apply for graduation.

How to Apply

Currently Enrolled Students Students Who Are Not Currently Enrolled

Go to your HUB Student Center and apply for graduation online before the application deadline date. Once your application has been received, your degree status can be found in your HUB Student Center in the Academic Progress tile.

If you are no longer enrolled at UB, but are still planning to graduate, you must apply for graduation online before the deadline. The application can be submitted as early as one semester before your last semester at UB.

Application Deadlines

Expected Graduation Term

Application Deadline

Conferral Date


October 15

February 1


February 22

June 1
Summer July 15 August 31

Step 2: Register for Your Commencement Ceremony

Participate in the Ceremony

Graduates need to register in advance to participate in their ceremony; registration is separate and different from applying for graduation.

Registration, and other details such as ticketing, vary by ceremony. This information can be accessed, after the ceremony schedule is finalized, by visiting the Ceremonies page of this website and clicking on your ceremony listing.

Step 3: Make Sure You've Met All Graduation Requirements

  • Review your degree status on HUB Academic Advisement Report on MyUB. All requirements must be satisfied on this report in order for your degree to be conferred. If you believe there is an error, contact your advisor immediately.
  • Check with your advisor to make sure you're on track to graduate.
  • Make sure UB has official final transcripts on file from any other college or university you may have attended.
  • All final grades must be in by the conferral dates. Make sure Study Abroad, independent study and internship grades have been submitted.
  • Update your name and permanent address with the Registrar to ensure that your diploma is properly prepared and sent to the correct location.

Step 4: Settle Your Accounts

Be sure to pay your outstanding bills. Diplomas and transcripts will not be released if you have an outstanding financial obligation to the University. You can view any holds in your HUB Student Center in the To Do tile.

Step 5: Order Your Cap and Gown

Graduating students who are participating in their commencement ceremony wear academic apparel (cap, gown, hood and tassel). Information will be available on the Cap & Gown page of this website.