Out of concern for the health and safety of our campus community, the University at Buffalo’s May 2020 commencement ceremonies will not take place as scheduled.
The School of Architecture and Planning commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the School of Architecture and Planning. 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:
Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.
If you have not met all the requirements to be on the official graduation list, you may still participate. However, your name may not appear in the program.
Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register for it.
Graduating students should please register online to participate in the ceremony. Registration deadline: April 30.
Instructions for students attending the ceremony will be emailed in April.
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)
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:
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 April 21. Students must present their UB ID at time of purchase.
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.
In the Tickets and Guest Information section below, please see the information marked "For Your Safety;" this information on security procedures and prohibited items applies to graduating students as well.
Arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. It is essential that participating students arrive on time so that photographs and arrangements can be completed for the ceremony to start on time. Signage in the Center for the Arts will direct you to the student robing area which is on the building's ground floor level. Please do not bring any valuables with you to the room, as the room will be unattended during the commencement ceremony.
There are no admission tickets for this ceremony. Participating degree candidates may invite as many guests as they desire.
Seating begins one hour prior to the ceremony start time and is general admission (first-come, first-served).
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.
Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies but please review the guidelines below.
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.
Additional safety information is forthcoming. Please check back.
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus
Graduating students participating in commencement wear academic apparel. Order early to make sure you get the appropriate items on time.
The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to your permanent address approximately six to eight 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.