Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to all of your questions related to the 2022 SEAS Commencement Ceremonies.

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If you have reviewed the FAQs and the SEAS Commencement webpage and still have questions, please contact the SEAS ceremony coordinators at SEASCommencement@buffalo.edu.

If I have applied for degree conferral in HUB, do I still need to register to participate in the commencement ceremony?

Yes, applying for graduation in HUB signals to the university that you plan to graduate (i.e., receive your degree). A separate registration is required to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Do I need to apply for graduation before registering for the commencement ceremony?

Yes, this is how we know that you are planning to graduate.

How do I apply for graduation if I missed the HUB deadline (Feb. 22 for Spring 2022 conferral)?

  • Bachelor’s Degree Candidates If you did not submit that application via HUB by the February 22nd deadline, please fill out this form ASAP: https://registrar.buffalo.edu/forms/graduation-update.php
  • Master’s Degree Candidates Students who are eligible to attend the ceremony should have already applied for graduation via the HUB system as the deadline (February 22) to do so has passed. If you did not submit the application via HUB, please contact your department’s Graduate Academic Coordinator as soon as possible.
  • Doctoral Degree Candidates should have completed the Application to Candidacy (ATC) initially and then the Amend ATC form if they need to change the conferral term. PhD students do not apply for graduation via HUB. Please contact your department’s Graduate Academic Coordinator if you do not have a graduation date set and you are planning to attend the 2022 commencement ceremony. https://grad.buffalo.edu/succeed/graduate/application-to-candidacy.html

Are students required to attend the commencement ceremony?

No, participation in the in-person ceremony is optional.

Do I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No, all UB diplomas are mailed approximately six (6) weeks after the conferral of your degree. See the registrar’s website for more details.

If I am a summer 2022 candidate, can I attend this year’s ceremony?

  • Undergraduate Ceremony: Students graduating Summer 2022 are officially a degree candidate for next academic year (Class of 2023). However, if you would prefer to participate in this year's ceremony instead, you can. If you apply for September 2022 degree conferral and register for this year's ceremony, your name will be announced when you cross the stage; however, your name will not be included in the printed program.
  • Graduate Ceremony: Students graduating Summer 2022 are officially a degree candidate for next academic year (Class of 2023). Graduate students who have extenuating circumstances are handled on an individual basis. Permission of your major professor and/or department is needed for early participation (Summer 2022 graduates). Your name will be announced when you cross the stage; however, your name will not be included in the printed program. Please contact your department’s graduate academic coordinator to request participation.

If I am a summer 2022 candidate, will my name be in the printed Commencement program?

No, the printed Commencement program includes Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 conferrals.

If I am a summer 2022 candidate, will my name be read as I cross the stage?

Yes, the names of all students are read when they cross the stage.

I am a 2020 graduate, can I attend this year’s ceremony?

No, the university held an on-campus, in-person celebration in October 2021 for graduates of the Class of 2020.

Do I need to wear a cap and gown for the ceremony?

Yes, all participants must be in full cap and gown.

What color is the cap, gown, and hood for SEAS students?

Bachelor's Degree Candidates

  • Cap and gown: Blue
  • Hood: Lined in blue and gold. The velvet border is 2 inches wide.
    • Engineering: Orange
    • Computer Science: Yellow
  • Tassel:
    • Engineering: Orange
    • Computer Science: Yellow

Master's Degree Candidates

  • Cap and gown: Black
  • Hood: Lined in blue and gold. The velvet border is 3 inches wide and is orange for all SEAS master’s students.
  • Tassel: Orange for all SEAS master’s students

Doctoral Degree Candidates

  • Tam: Black; eight-sided
  • Gown: Black with velvet elements
  • Hood: Lined in blue and gold. The velvet border is 5 inches wide and is dark blue for all PhD students.
  • Tassel: Dark blue

Can I purchase regalia from Amazon or use someone else's from previous years?

We highly recommend you purchase official regalia through Jostens. In extenuating circumstances, you may use other items, but the colors and design must match the SEAS design and colors.

If I am receiving a master’s degree am I able to purchase the gold Latin Honors cord?

No, only students earning a baccalaureate degree OR combined BS/MS degree and who meet the qualifications for Latin Honors are eligible.

Is there a fee to attend the commencement ceremony?

No, the only fee associated is the purchase of regalia if participating.

Can I invite guests to the ceremony?

Guests of graduates are permitted at both ceremonies and must follow all university health and safety requirements.

There are no ticket requirements for the graduate ceremony. Students who register for undergraduate commencement can access 1-4 tickets for the undergraduate ceremony. Students who register for the undergraduate commencement ceremony will receive directions to access tickets and transferring tickets in their registration confirmation email. Tickets can be transferred to family members, friends or fellow students looking for extra tickets.

International students who would like to invite their parents to celebration their accomplishments should use the template on the ISS website

What health and safety precautions will participants be required to follow?

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will no longer be required to attend events at UB. Effective immediately, spectators do not need to show a vaccination card upon entering sporting events at UB Stadium or Alumni Arena, or to attend cultural events at the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall. This also applies to students and guests attending commencement ceremonies in May. Masks are no longer required at UB events, either, part of an earlier decision to lift that mandate for most campus settings on March 5, based on updated guidance from the state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These updated COVID guidelines are subject to change; check UB’s website for the latest health and safety information.

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How long does the ceremony last?

The ceremony will last approximately two hours