School of Dental Medicine

The School of Dental Medicine commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the School of Dental Medicine. We are honored and proud to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.


The following School of Dental Medicine students are eligible to participate:

  • DDS students who have been recommended for graduation by the Executive Council of the School of Dental Medicine are eligible to participate in the Commencement exercises. 
  • Certificate, Masters and PhD students whose certificate or degree has been conferred in the past year or who anticipate receiving their certificate or degree by June 1 are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. 


To participate in the ceremony, eligible candidates are required to register online. A registration link will be sent to the UB email address of each graduating student by January 31. Registration deadline is March 1.

Student Information

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

  • Students: If you need accommodations to enable you to participate in a commencement ceremony, please contact the coordinator of this ceremony as far in advance as possible. If you haven't received finalized arrangements from the coordinator at least two weeks before the ceremony, please check back with them or contact 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 Commencement Day

These details will be shared at the Center for the Arts, prior to the ceremony.

Also, 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.

DDS Students: Inviting a Dentist From Your Family

DDS students are welcome to invite one immediate family member (parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse) who has had a significant influence in their life, and is a dentist, to march in commencement and participate in the hooding ceremony. They will need to wear academic regalia; therefore you may want to order theirs at the same time you order yours if they do not own their own regalia. They will march in the processional and sit on stage with the faculty.

Plans/Reservations for After the Ceremony

The ceremony will run no longer than two hours maximum. If you plan to attend the post-ceremony reception, take some photos and then return your gown as required in the CFA basement, you can plan on leaving the CFA by approximately 6 or 6:15 p.m. 

Tickets and Guest Information

Tickets Not Required

There are no admission tickets for this ceremony. Participating degree candidates may invite as many guests as they desire.

Seating begins a ½ hour prior to the ceremony start time 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.

Friday, May 8, 2020

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Denise Kennedy

Phone: (716) 829-2830


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.


  • Your name will appear exactly as it is listed officially in University records.  To determine this, go to the HUB Student Center and click the Names link under the Personal Information group. Review your name; this rendition of your name will be printed on your diploma. If you need to correct the way your name is displayed (e.g. Legal name change), please come to the Academic and Student Affairs Office in the dental school. International students should contact the International Student Services Office at 210 Talbert or by email at 
  • Diplomas should be available by mid-June for June conferrals. Graduates may pick up their diplomas or have them mailed. You will be asked for this information on the School of Dental Medicine Outprocessing Form. Any questions regarding this can be directed to Academic and Student Affairs.