Information on Graduation

Commencement Update

The UB School of Social Work 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 15 at 9am. The ceremony will be held outdoors on UB North's campus. Limited guests will be permitted. All participants and guests must adhere to COVID safety protocols.

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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]

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Date and Location

SSW Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Time: 9am
Location: UB North Campus - Furnas Lot Tent


Students who have processed application to candidacy forms; filed for degree with an expected conferral date of Feb. 1, June 1 or Aug. 31, 2021; 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.

Guest Tickets

Due to space capacity limitations, students will be gauranteed 1 guest ticket. Students can then request up to one additional guest ticket. Additional guest tickets will be alloted in alignment with space capacity restrictions. Further information on how to obtain and request tickets will be emailed to students.

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- Homeship) or you can arrange to pick up your regalia from the UB Bookstore (Select Student Master-Bookstore). Master's regalia costs around $108.

PhD Regalia

PhD 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 Dana Horne at
645-1229 or

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