Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate & Graduate, including Roswell Park Graduate Division

This Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences commencement ceremony is only for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students graduating from the Roswell Park Graduate Division.

Are you an MD Candidate?

MD degrees are conferred at a different ceremony; please see the listing for the MD ceremony which will be held on May 3, 2019.

Eligibility

This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for bachelor’s, master’s and PhD students within the Jacobs SMBS, as well as students graduating from the Roswell Park Graduate Division, who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:

  • Summer 2018 (Sept. '18 degree conferral)
  • Fall 2018 (Feb. '19 degree conferral)
  • Spring 2019 (June '19 degree conferral)

Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.

This spring’s ceremony is not intended for students whose graduation term is later than this spring. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, please contact Shannon Brown (undergrads) or Beth White (graduate students).

Registration

Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree).

Graduate Students: Even if you do NOT wish to participate in the ceremony, you MUST complete the online registration form so your name will appear in the commencement booklet.

Undergraduate Students: Only those students who will walk at commencement need to register for the ceremony.

Register

Students should please register onlineRegistration deadline: March 15.

Student Information

If you registered for commencement, additional instructions and reminders will be sent through UB email.

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.

Recognition of Latin Honors

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)

  • 3.20 — cum laude
  • 3.50 — magna cum laude
  • 3.75 — summa cum laude

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:

  • Qualify based upon their UB cumulative GPA through the winter intersession of that year, and projected UB credit hours through the spring semester of that year; standings for Latin honors may change once final grades are posted or degrees conferred.
  • Present a minimum of 60 credit hours of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not grades of 'P', 'S' or 'U').

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 March 6. Students must present their UB ID at time of purchase.

Recognition of Other Honors

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.

Student Instructions for Commencement Day

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

Graduates must report to the student robing area, 1.5 hours prior to the ceremony start time, for seating assignments. Signage in the Center for the Arts will direct you to the student robing area which is on the building's ground floor level. 

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.

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.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Undergrads: Shannon Brown

Phone: (716) 829-5451

Email: smbrown3@buffalo.edu

Grad Students: Beth White

Phone: (716) 829-3399

Email: bethw@buffalo.edu

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.

Diplomas Mailed 6-8 Weeks After Conferral

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.

Photography

A professional photographer will be taking photos at this ceremony. Proofs will be emailed to each student approximately one week following the commencement ceremony.

Please direct all post-ceremony inquiries to GradImages: 1-800-261-2576.

Post-Event Viewing

student video recap.

After commencement weekend, a video link will be posted online for you to watch the ceremony. 

Gifts and Keepsakes

Let everyone know about your upcoming graduation — and find the perfect keepsake or gift to celebrate the occasion.