School of Law

UB to reschedule commencement

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.

See President Satish K. Tripathi's full announcement. More information will be posted on the Commencement website as it becomes available.

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


Those students who have completed the requirements for the JD or LL.M. degree and have diploma dates of February '20, June '20 or September '20 are eligible to participate in this commencement ceremony.


All prospective graduates who wish to attend the commencement ceremony must register online. Registration is required to participate in the ceremony.

Registration deadline: March 12, 2020. Near the end of February, all registered students will be sent further information regarding the ceremony. All students must register to ensure prospective graduates are seated and then recognized in alphabetical sequence by degree. 

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.

Signs in the Center for the Arts will direct you to the student pre-staging/robing area which is on the ground floor level. All graduates participating in the ceremony must check in there no later than 1:15 p.m. for the 2:45 p.m. academic procession and 3 p.m. commencement ceremony. When graduates arrive, they must check in and pick up their name card. You must retain the name card for presentation to the faculty member on stage, who will announce your name as you walk across the stage. Please double check the phonetic spelling that you provided on your commencement registration form. 

Please bring your pressed academic attire. Please do not bring any personal belongings to the robing area. There is nowhere to store your belongings before or during the ceremony. You will not be permitted to store anything below your seat in the Mainstage Theatre. Please give your guests your handbag, coat or umbrella. 

The academic procession will begin promptly at 2:45 p.m. If you would like your family members to see you process into the theatre they will need to be seated by 2:45 p.m. The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. 

Tickets and Guest Information


Each graduating student will request a number of tickets (up to 6) when they register for the ceremony. When they fill out the registration form there will be a place to request additional tickets. The graduating student will not need a ticket; they will be seated in a special section with all of the other graduates. 

Extra Tickets:  After the registration window has closed, the extra tickets for the Mainstage Theatre will be distributed via a lottery to the students who made requests during the registration process. For additional guests, an overflow seating area will be available in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts. 

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.

Tickets for Children and Infants

Ages 2+ Years Under 2 Years

For any ticketed ceremony, a guest ticket is required for children ages 2 and older.


Children younger than 2 years old need a guest ticket for any ticketed ceremony only if you are bringing a baby carrier or infant car seat carrier into the ceremony; the ticket is for the seat space that will be taken up by the carrier.


Strollers, Baby Carriers and Car Carriers

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 theatre at your own risk. Baby carriers and infant car seat carriers are only allowed if you have a ticket for the seat space that will be taken up by the carrier.

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.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (approximately)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Ceremony Contact

Amy Atkinson

Phone: (716) 645-6224


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 will be ordered after all degrees have been conferred and they usually take about 6 weeks to be mailed out by the University. Diplomas are mailed to the permanent address listed in your HUB student center. If you have any questions, please contact the Records, Registration & Financial Aid Office.