Alumni Arena

Guest information varies based on the ceremony venue. To determine if the correct ceremony venue is the Alumni Arena, please visit the Ceremonies Page.

Health and Safety

Bag Check

The safety of our guests is of the highest importance. Upon arrival, security personnel will conduct a speedy inspection of all belongings. 

Deliberate disruption or prevention of the peaceful and orderly conduct of classes, lectures, events, meetings and other University activities is strictly prohibited.

Important Notice: Latex Balloons at Commencement

Please be aware that latex balloons will be present at the event. If you have a latex allergy, please take appropriate precautions to ensure your safety. We recommend informing the event organizers about your condition and carrying any necessary medications. Event organizers can assist you with reasonable accommodations.  Your well-being is our priority, and we want everyone to have a wonderful and safe experience at the event.

Health Guidelines

UB’s guidelines are based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health and SUNY. All members of the UB community are urged to familiarize themselves with UB’s guidelines and to stay informed of any changes. 

As always, the health and safety of the UB community remains paramount. The university may adjust its health guidelines, as needed, based on new scientific evidence and the course of the pandemic. Visit for the current guidelines.

For those unable to attend in person, degree conferral ceremonies will be available for live stream and post-ceremony viewing.

Getting to UB


North Campus directions are available on the Visiting UB website. To ensure your visit to campus during the busy Commencement season goes well, please view the alternate campus access information below.

GPS Coordinates

Building Name Latitude Longitude
Alumni Arena 42.999809 -78.781334

Commencement Parking

The Slee A Lot, Baird A Lot, and Jacobs Lots are recommended for guest parking. During commencement ceremonies, guests are welcome to park in any faculty/staff and student parking lots; a UB hangtag is not required. For a map with details for parking lots; please see the UB North Campus Map

Baird B and Slee B Lots are reserved for accessible parking, more information can be found below.


Tickets are required for some commencement ceremonies. Information about which ceremonies require tickets is forthcoming.

Guests Attending with Children

Children, toddlers and infants are welcome as guests at all commencement ceremonies; please follow these guidelines.

Ages 3 and up Ages 2 and under
A guest ticket is required for ticketed ceremonies. No ticket is required as long as the child will be seated on a lap.

Baby Strollers

Baby strollers are not permitted inside this venue.

Accessibility for Guests