Information on Graduation

graduating students.

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

School of Social Work Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: UB North Campus, Center for the Arts

Graduating students should arrive no later than 8:00 a.m. and proceed to the CFA's lower-level Black Box Theatre (there will be people providing guidance and signage).


Students who have processed application to candidacy forms; filed for degree with an expected conferral date of Feb. 1, June 1 or Aug. 31, 2022; and who remain in good academic standing may participate in the commencement ceremony. 


Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). To participate in the commencement ceremony, registration is required.

Please register by filling out this form no later than April 30, 2022. 

Guest Tickets

Currently, the School of Social Work will not be requiring guest tickets for the 2022 Commencement Ceremony. Guests will be admitted to the Center for the Arts as long as they meet University at Buffalo health and safety guidelines

Ticketing requirements are subject to change. If the SSW does adopt a ticketing system you will receive an email notification. Please also check back on this page for updates. 

For more information regarding directions and parking, please visit the Guest Information Page.

MSW Regalia

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

You may purchase your regalia online from the Jostens website or through the UB Bookstore. Students who order online will receive a discounted price and you can choose to have your regalia shipped to your home (Select Student Master- Home ship) or you can arrange to pick up your regalia from the UB Bookstore (Select Student Master-Bookstore). Master's regalia costs around $108.

PhD/DSW Regalia

PhD and DSW candidates may rent their academic dress, which can be ordered online. Purchase of custom UB regalia is also an option through the University Bookstore. 

Special Needs Gowns

Custom fit gowns can be ordered for a person using a wheelchair at commencement, for people needing size 4X and up, and for service dogs. These items must be paid for and ordered by early/mid April (specific deadline date to be announced), and no refund can be issued. Contact the bookstore with questions.

University Bookstore Contact Information (Regalia Seller)

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

Phone: 716-636-6290 ext. 19


Contact Joshua Hine at
645-1863 or

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