2020 Commencement

SEAS graduate 2020 celebrating at home.
2020 SEAS graduate with parent at home.
2020 SEAS Graduate riding the UB bull.
2020 SEAS graduate posing for photos.

Congratulations, #UBClassof2020!

All care packages for the SEAS Class of 2020 graduates will be sent out at the end of this Summer. Please make sure your mailing address on UB HUB is correct.

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences virtual graduation ceremony first aired at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. The ceremony consisted of Opening Remarks from UB's President Satish Tripathi, Opening Remarks from SEAS Dean Kemper Lewis, the Dean's Award for Acheivement, several Student Speakers, and a welcoming to the Alumni Family. 

On this page:

Commencement 2020 Slide Shows

SEAS Commencement Slideshow

Names of Graduating Students

Messages to the SEAS Class of 2020

SEAS Leadership and Department Chairs

SEAS Student Commencement Speaker Competition

SEAS Faculty, Staff and Guest Video Messages

SEAS Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Engineering Partners Messages

Cap Contest Winners

1st Place Winner

Heather Evangelista

SEAS decorated cap from heather evangelista.

"Since everyone is getting crafty during quarantine, craft supplies were pretty much gone in all stores. I worked with any old craft supplies I had from high school, such as markers, printer paper, and gold cardstock.

I chose the quote " What I stand for, is what I stand on" because as an environmental engineer, protecting the Earth and all its inhabitants is a priority. Behind this quote, I drew earth using leaves and vines in the shapes of all continents."

2nd Place Winner

Leah Nolan

decorated cap from Leah Nolan.

"I designed the cap with a rocket, the logo for the Brooke Owens Fellowship, the Moog logo and finally an ode to my parents for all their love and support.

I chose this quote because engineering is about creating something - and I created a life for myself that I am incredibly excited for. I am graduating this spring with my B.S. in MAE. Upon graduation I will be a Product Engineer at Moog Space & Defense Group and plan to attend UB for my Masters in Eng. Management part time this fall."

3rd Place Winner

Smrati Kushwah

decorated cap from Smrati Kushwah.

"My UB Grad Cap is comprised of some of the places in UB that became a part of any UB student's everyday life. Campus, that makes us bulls feel at home! Everything in the cap is handcrafted as my ode to UB :)"

Commencement Celebration Materials

Virtual Swag

Fun tools to enhance social media posts like UB-branded backgrounds, Instagram lenses, Little Victor cut-outs, photo props and UB GIFs.

DIY UB Cookies

Looking for a tasty way to celebrate commencement? How about a homemade UB cookie? Campus Dining & Shops is sharing the recipe so you can enjoy one of UB’s sweetest traditions from afar. Tag your creations using #UBClassof2020!

Class of 2020 Photo Mosaic

Seniors can share their favorite UB memories to create a larger, community-driven memento image. Viewers can click on individual photos within the mosaic to see personal memories. Following commencement, a poster will be created of the finished mosaic.


Students can leave their legacy by virtually "signing" the 2020 Sign-A-Bull. The Class of 2020 Sign-a-Bull will be the first in a future "Hall of Bulls." Sign-A-Bulls from previous graduating classes will we be digitized for subsequent inclusion.

Questions or concerns about graduation? Contact Commencement Coordinators Christine Human/Brianna Sprole at SEASCommencement@buffalo.edu.