School of Social Work

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

Eligibility

Students who have processed application to candidacy forms, filed for degree with an expected conferral date of Feb. 1, June 1 or Sept. 1, 2020, and who remain in good academic standing may participate in commencement. 

Registration

Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). To participate in the commencement ceremony, registration is required.

Registration Process/Deadline

Students: please register for commencement via the SSW Commencement Registration FormRegistration deadline: May 10, 2020 at 5 p.m.

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 -- Prohibited Items." This information applies to graduating students as well.

You must be in the robing area by 8 a.m. the morning of commencement. Proceed to the lower level of the Center for the Arts. You must bring your cap, gown, tassel and hood. You will be lined up by degree in the staging area. You cannot leave any personal belongings in the robing area, so please leave any valuables, bags, purses with your guests.

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.

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.

The SSW GSA generally plans a graduation party; keep an eye out for an email confirming the date and time. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

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

Ceremony Contact

Dana Horne

Phone: (716) 645-1229

Email: dhorne@buffalo.edu

Jenell V. Spitale

Phone: (716) 645-1269

Email: spitalej@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.