2022 Commencement

Graduate Ceremony
Friday, May 20, 2022  |  1:00 p.m.
Alumni Arena, North Campus

Undergraduate Ceremony
Saturday, May 21, 2022  |  1:00 p.m.
Alumni Arena, North Campus

SEAS Ceremony Information

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SEAS Ceremony Information


Registration is required for Class of 2022 graduates who would like to participate in the SEAS Undergraduate Ceremony (Saturday, May 21, 2022) or the SEAS Graduate Ceremony (Friday, May 20, 2022). Details on registration are forthcoming.


Caps and Gowns

Graduating students participating in commencement wear a cap/tam, gown, hood and tassel. Visit the Cap and Gown page of UB's Commencement website for updates on online ordering of commencement regalia.

Online ordering will begin shortly through Jostens; check back soon for an update. Undergraduate students ordering online must select the second option: Student 2022 Bachelor – Other Schools so that they can select either Engineering or Computer Science, as appropriate, to receive the correct color hood and tassel.

Guests and Ticketing

Guest information is forthcoming. Details will be announced when the University has finalized plans.

Health and Safety Requirements

Graduates and guests are required to comply with all state and university COVID guidelines in place at the time of the ceremony. All guests will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Guests should be prepared to show photo ID as well. Face coverings continue to be required for all inside campus buildings. Children under 12 who are not vaccinated may still be admitted but they must be masked at all times. Reminder: For ticketed ceremonies, guests, age 3 and over, require a ticket for the event. 

These guidelines will be evaluated regularly and may change. For up-to-date information see UB's Health and Safety Guidelines. In accordance with current guidelines, all graduates and guests will be required to wear a mask.

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Printed Diploma: The Office of the Registrar will mail a printed diploma, free of charge, to your permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after the conferral date. Students are responsible for making address changes; these should be made by the term conferral date to ensure that you receive your diploma.

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Certified Electronic Diploma: Students who graduated June 2020 and later also have the option to purchase a certified electronic diploma (CeDiploma) for $15.95. An offer will be sent to your UB email, from info@credentialtrust.com, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.

Learn more about the CeDiploma

Latin Honors

Students earning baccalaureate degrees (including those awarded as part of combined degrees, such as a combined BS/MS degree) are eligible to receive Latin honors based on their UB cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the following scale:

Average (based on 4.000=A)

  • 3.200 — cum laude
  • 3.500 — magna cum laude
  • 3.750 — summa cum laude

To qualify for Latin honors, students must 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',’NP’, 'S' or 'U').

To receive the Latin honors designation in commencement program books, and to be eligible to wear the honorific gold cord (cum laude, magna and summa) at the time of 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.

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 August.

The gold cords will be available for purchase ($12) through the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning March 8. At that time, qualifying students may purchase their cord at the store; please bring UB ID. Students will also have the option to contact the University Bookstore (716-636-6291 ext. 12) and make their purchase over the phone; in this case, add $7.50 for home-shipping.


Grad Images is the exclusive photographer for individual student photos at degree conferral ceremonies. 


Questions about SEAS Commencement?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions. You may also contact the Commencement Coordinators Christine Human and Donna Grant at SEASCommencement@buffalo.edu.

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Submit Photos for the Commencement Slideshow

Share your photos for the Class of 2022 SEAS slideshow, which will features images of our graduating students during their time here at UB! The slideshow will be played prior to the commencement ceremony and will also be featured online. 

Class of 2021 Commencement slideshow title screen

2021 Commencement Slideshow