Yes - all programs offered in the SSW graduate together, including the interdisciplinary degree programs. All programs are recognized separately and every student walks and is hooded separately. All students have their names announced and are ordered by degree program, but are not necessarily ordered alphabetically.
The ceremony will start promptly at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 11 a.m.
Any student conferred on or before September 1, 2023, can march in the ceremony, including part-time students completing field placement over the summer.
The School of Social Work Commencement Ceremony will follow all current University at Buffalo Health and Safety Guidelines detailed here.
The Stadium Lot, Slee A Lot and Baird A Lot are recommended for guest parking. During commencement ceremonies, guests are welcome to park in any faculty/staff and student parking lots; a UB hangtag is not required.
For a map with details for parking lots, refer to the UB North Campus Map [PDF]. There will be signs directing guests where to park, including disabled parking.
Please arrive early and talk to an event staff member for any specific seating needs. Only one companion can sit in the accessible aisle with the person in a wheelchair.
Please contact the UBSSW commencement coordinators at email@example.com.
You may also describe any necessary accommodations on the commencement registration form.
Please refer guests to the Guest Information Page.
Guests with small children may bring a baby stroller into the Commencement Pavillion, however strollers are not allowed in the seats or aisles due to the hazards they create in the event of an emergency. Strollers may be left in the entrance of the Pavillion at your own risk; event staff can direct you to appropriate parking areas for strollers. Please note that guests with children who are talking, crying or moving around in a manner that is distracting to other guests or the ceremony may be asked to step outside of the pavilion.
No. Guests, including children and babies, are not allowed to process across stage with you during the ceremony due to safety regulations.
Yes. Proofs will be emailed to each student about one week after commencement. Family members wishing to take photographs are welcome to do so but may NOT stand in the aisle before their graduate is on the steps leading to the podium.
GradImages is the contracted photography studio. Please direct all post-ceremony inquiries to the studio: 1-800-261-2576.
No. There is plenty of opportunity for friends and family to take pictures of you while on stage, and there are professionals taking photos of you as well. Taking selfies slows down the ceremony, and distracts and detracts from the ceremony itself.
Please notify family photographers not to obstruct the aisle and prevent hooded students from returning to their seats. Event staff will keep the aisles clear.
Live streaming information coming soon!
After commencement weekend, a video link will be posted online through which you may watch a recording of the ceremony. Visit the video page for links and information.
Students should arrive no later than 8 a.m. and proceed to the Center for the Arts' lower-level Black Box Theatre (there will be people providing guidance and signage).
No. We have a Commencement - What to Expect [4:27 min] video available to view.
The University Bookstore has caps, tassels, hoods and gowns. Please note the University Bookstore often runs out of social work hoods and tassels as it gets closer to the graduation date; purchase your regalia well in advance of commencement. See the Cap & Gown information page. JD/MSWs may wear the JD robes if they are graduating from Law School that year and are hooded with the MSW hood.
Yes. You may wear any cord or insignia that you earned during your graduate-level study.
Please note: UB graduate students do not graduate with honors levels as they do at the undergraduate level.
The Office of the Registrar will mail a printed diploma, free of charge, to your permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after the conferral date. Students are responsible for making address changes; these should be made by the term conferral date to ensure that you receive your diploma.
Certified Electronic Diploma
Students who graduated June 2020 and later also have the option to purchase a certified electronic diploma (CeDiploma) for $15.95. An offer will be sent to your UB email, from firstname.lastname@example.org, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.
You are responsible for ensuring your address is up to date.