The ALANA Celebration of Achievement is open to all students who understand, advocate and appreciate the guiding principles applied by and for People of Color in historical, political, educational, economic and social contexts.
This spring's ALANA ceremony is intended for students whose graduation term is:
If you will not complete your graduation requirements by the end of the spring semester but would still like to participate in ALANA, you may do so as long as you will be completing your degree by the end of 2019.
Ceremony registration is separate and different from applying for graduation (degree).
Students who wish to participate in the ALANA ceremony must register online. A registration link will be posted here on February 1. Registration deadline: April 30. Questions? Please call the Intercultural and Diversity Center at (716) 645-2434.
All participating students are asked to wear their cap, gown and hood. Students are also invited to wear any traditional and/or cultural garments to the ceremony.
ALANA graduates will receive their Kente stole, along with their Certificate of Achievement, when they report to the Center for the Arts prior to the ceremony.
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.
Please see the Accessibility for Guests page.
Graduate check-in is from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. At that time, you will receive your kente cloth and certificate of achievement.
As a graduating student participating in the ALANA Celebration, we encourage you to apply to speak at the celebration. One graduating student (graduate or undergradute) will be chosen by a committee.
If you're interested, please upload a copy of your speech; a link for doing so will be posted here on February 1. The deadline to submit a speech will be April 26. Applicants will be contacted with details about the selection process.
Advice for speech writers:
If you have photos of your memories at UB and you would like us to include them in our presentation during the celebration, submit photos (5 max, limit to 1 selfie). A link through which you may submit your photos will be posted here on February 1. The deadline to submit photos will be May 5.
Admission tickets are not required for guests of the ceremony. Guest seating begins at 2:30 p.m. and is general admission (first-come, first-served).
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.
Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies but please review the guidelines below.
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.
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.
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.
Graduating students participating in ALANA, and their guests, are welcome to attend the post-ceremony reception.
3 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. (approximately; reception to follow)
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus
Graduating students participating in commencement wear academic apparel. Order early to make sure you get the appropriate items on time.