Information on Graduation

Commencement Update

To ensure the health, safety and well-being of our graduates, their loved ones and our entire university community, the School of Social Work’s commencement celebration will be hosted virtually on Saturday May 16, 2020 at 11:00am. Visit our Virtual Ceremony website for more details.

The school and university remain optimistic that we also will be able to recognize our graduates during on-campus commencement at a later date. Once it is safe to hold an in-person commencement, we will notify our graduates and the university community of our plans.

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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]

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Date and Location

SSW Virtual Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Post-Ceremony Virtual Reception to follow


Students who have processed application to candidacy forms; filed for degree with an expected conferral date of Feb. 1, June 1 or Aug. 31, 2020; 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.

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

Option 1: Purchase your regalia online from the Jostens website beginning January 22 – March 12th 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).  Online orders can be picked up from the UB Bookstore starting April 27th. Master's regalia costs around $100.

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 27 and Thursday, April 30 (May 3- 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 May 31, 2020 to the School of Social Work main office at 685 Baldy Hall.

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. Orders may be placed between January 22 - April 21, 2020.

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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