School of Public Health and Health Professions

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 Public Health and Health Professions commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the School of Public Health and Health Professions. 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 September 2019, February 2020, or June 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). If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register for it.

Registration Dates and Process

Students should please register onlineRegistration deadline: 5 p.m. on April 17.

*Attention Rehabilitation Science students graduating in 2020: You will need to register twice; once for the SPHHP commencement ceremony (via the link above) and once for your departmental hooding ceremony (hooding registration deadline: Apr. 12). These are two separate events each with their own registration site.

Student Information

Students will receive emails throughout the spring semester regarding commencement. Students may also visit the School of Public Health and Health Professions website for information. 

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

  • Students: If you need accommodations to enable you to participate in a commencement ceremony, please include your request when you register for the ceremony. The coordinator of this ceremony will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodation request. If the coordinator does not contact you at least two weeks before the ceremony, please contact the coordinator of the ceremony directly or 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.

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 April 21. 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 "For Your Safety;" this information about security procedures and prohibited items applies to graduating students as well.

All students must arrive at 11:30 a.m. to begin assembling in the student robing room. Signage in the Center for the Arts will help direct students to the student robing room.

Hooding

Only the doctoral students will be hooded on stage by their mentor. All masters students must be hooded prior to the procession into the theater. Please note that all OT and DPT students will be hooded in a separate ceremony on May 15. 

Tickets and Guest Information

This is a ticketed ceremony. All guests will need a ticket to enter the Center for the Arts. As a graduating student registers for the ceremony, they will have the opportunity to reserve up to FOUR tickets. When a student registers for the ceremony, they will receive a confirmation email that includes information on how/when to pick up their tickets. Students must pick up their tickets in advance of the commencement ceremony, during the dates/times specified in the confirmation email. The student will need to show their UB ID when they pick up their tickets.

Guest seating in the Mainstage Theatre will open approximately 45 minutes before the ceremony start time.

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.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

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

Ceremony Contact

April E. Whitehead

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.