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Graduate Commencement

Graduate Commencement, the College degree conferral ceremony for Master’s and Doctoral students, is held on the Friday of UB’s Commencement weekend. Students who wish to walk in the commencement ceremony must register by Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Contact with questions.

2017 College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Commencement Ceremony for Master’s and Doctoral Students


Student registration for the 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Commencement Ceremony is now closed. Please email David Lang if you have any questions. Onsite/walk-in registration on the day of the ceremony is not permitted.

If you are an undergraduate student planning to participate in commencement, please note that you would be part of a different ceremony.  Please visit the ceremony schedule where you will find two College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate ceremonies – please select the ONE appropriate to your dept/program.  By clicking on that ceremony name, you will connect to a ceremony info page that includes registration information.


The College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts (Mainstage Theatre) on the North Campus.

After commencement weekend, a video link will be posted online and you may watch a recording of the ceremony.  Visit the video page for links and information.

Participation Policy

This ceremony is for College of Arts and Sciences Master’s and Doctoral students with degree conferral dates of September 2016, February 2017 or June 2017. It is expected that students participating in graduate commencement will have completed all degree requirements. In extraordinary circumstances, a department chair, with agreement of the student’s graduate committee, may petition the Associate Dean for Graduate Education to allow a student who has not completed all requirements to participate in commencement. The Associate Dean for Graduate Education, in consultation with the cognizant Associate Dean for the student’s academic area, will consider the petition. The petition MUST be received prior to the Commencement Ceremony registration deadline.

Academic Apparel

The University Bookstore, located on the North Campus, will handle all academic apparel orders. For out-of-town orders, call 716.636.6290. Credit cards are accepted. Additional information is available at Caps, Gowns and More.

Student Communication

Dean’s Commencement Invitation Letter
Directions and Parking
Grad Images Photography Photo Information and Orders
Jostens Graduation Products and UB Bookstore Gifts

Faculty Communication

Participation Registration Form