Information on Graduation

MSW Graduates, 2017

Learn everything you need to know about graduation eligibility, regalia, and the commencement ceremony.

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Must Watch: Commencement - What to Expect Video [4:27 min]

Center for the Arts

Date and Location

SSW Commencement Ceremony
Center for the Arts - Main Stage
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

Students to arrive at CFA no later than 8 a.m.

Live-Streaming Information

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Students who have processed application to candidacy forms; filed for degree with an expected conferral date of Feb. 1, June 1 or Sept. 1, 2018; and who remain in good academic standing may participate in the commencement ceremony.


MSW Regalia

If you plan to participate in Commencement 2018, you will need to have regalia (mortarboard hat, black master’s robe, hood, tassel) for the ceremony. 

You have two options available to secure regalia to use during the ceremony. 

Option 1: Purchase your regalia from the UB Bookstore beginning March 6, 2018. A 15% off regalia sale goes from March 6-8, 2018. Shipping is available.

Option 2: The School of Social Work has a limited supply of commencement regalia (master’s robes, hoods, mortarboard hats) that we are happy to loan to graduating students. Our goal is to make available loaned master’s robes for students who have the least amount of resources. Therefore, please be mindful of that as you consider making a request. We do not wish the cost of the robes to prevent someone from attending commencement. (Keep in mind you will still need to purchase a tassel.) If you are financially unable to purchase your commencement regalia and wish to request regalia for loan please fill out our survey.

Regalia will be distributed on a first request first served basis, determined by the survey completion date/time. We will notify you by email if we have regalia for you; if selected, you can pick up the items between Monday, April 23 and Thursday, April 26 (April 27- remainders will be open to all) from the SSW main office at 685 Baldy Hall. A $20 refundable deposit (check only) is required when you pick up your regalia. The check will be returned to you once the regalia is returned. Please return the regalia no later than June 1, 2018 to the School of Social Work main office at 685 Baldy Hall.

PhD Regalia

PhD candidates may rent their academic dress through the University Bookstore (North Campus). Purchase of custom UB regalia is also an option through the University Bookstore.

University Bookstore Contact Information (Regalia Seller)

University Bookstore (North Campus)
200 Lee Entrance
Buffalo, NY 14228

Phone: 716-636-6290 ext. 19


Contact Dana Horne at
645-1229 or