Center for the Arts

Guest information varies based on the ceremony venue. To determine if the correct ceremony venue is the Center for the Arts, please visit the Ceremonies Page.

Health and Safety

Western New York continues to experience a swift rise in COVID-19 rates, due to the spread of the omicron subvariant BA.2 and a general loosening of restrictions.

Though the increase is expected to ease in the coming weeks, UB health and safety officials recommend that visitors to UB and members of the campus community use their best personal judgment in protecting themselves as the semester draws to a close.

Individuals who should be extra cautious when attending commencement ceremonies or graduation parties – this includes the unvaccinated, undervaccinated (not boosted), elderly and immunocompromised, and those who interact with these groups – are strongly encouraged to wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94).

Anyone who feels unwell or experiences symptoms such as sore throat, headache, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath and coughing should stay home and get tested. Anyone testing positive should isolate, according to CDC guidelines.

Please note that while masks are not required at commencement ceremonies for participants or attendees, they are mandatory for passengers aboard UB buses and shuttles, per guidance from the governor and CDC. Complimentary face masks are available to riders upon request.

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 vist to campus during the busy Commencement season goes well, please view the alternate campus access information below.

GPS Coordinates

Building Name Latitude Longitude
Center for the Arts 43.0009982 -78.782920

Commencement Parking

The Stadium Lot, Slee A Lot and Baird A Lot 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


Tickets are required for some commencement ceremonies. For more information about ticketing, please visit the ceremonies page and choose the ceremony you would like to attend.

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. No ticket is required as long as the child will be seated on a lap.

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. 

For Your Safety

Upon arrival, security personnel will conduct a speedy inspection of all belongings. 

Accessibility for Guests