Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


This Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences commencement ceremony is only for students graduating from the MD program.


You are invited to participate in this commencement if you are an MD candidate planning to graduate in 2020. Candidates will receive information about commencement in January. 


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.

Please register online. Registration deadline: March 20.

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

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.

Students are to report to the Center for the Arts at 12:30 p.m. and follow signs to the student robing room. Students will receive further instructions at that time. 

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 4:30 p.m. 

Other Commencement-Related Events

  • A dinner for graduates and a guest will take place on April 28. Invitations and information will be provided by the UB Medical Parents' Council in February.
  • An Honors Convocation (by invitation) will take place at Slee Hall on the morning of graduation. Most invitations will be sent to student honorees by early April.

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.

Guest seating opens 1 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

  • Bags over 12"x12"x6" (including purses and backpacks)
  • Umbrellas (except the small, collapsible kind)
  • Food/beverages/alcohol
  • Illegal drugs and/or related paraphernalia
  • Weapons
  • Signs/sticks
  • Flags/banners
  • Balloons
  • Beach balls
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Laser objects
  • Voice amplifiers
  • Noise-making devices
  • Animals (except service animals trained to perform a service or task for attendees with accessibility needs)
  • Any item, that in the judgment of venue management, may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of an event by other guests.

Additional safety information is forthcoming. Please check back.

Individual Names Announced

The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.

Friday, May 1, 2020

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Stacey Komendat

Phone: (716) 829-5135

Email: staceyga@buffalo.edu

James J. Rosso

Phone: (716) 829-3466

Email: jjrosso@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.


Instructions on how to view your name as it will appear on your diploma will be sent to your UB email shortly. Please follow instructions in a timely manner.

Students will receive their diploma at the ceremony as long as they have completed all graduation requirements including having satisfactory grades in all courses and they must have a recorded passing score on both the USMLE CK and CS exam. If you have not completed all requirements, your diploma will be mailed to you once you have; please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs for more information.