We recognize this accomplishment requires a tremendous amount of dedication, sacrifice and extraordinary perseverance in the face of setbacks that happen along the way. This year has been marked by extreme, unique, and unexpected challenges. Nevertheless, you persisted through it all. You should feel immense pride and recognition for this achievement. Thank you for your hard work, dedication to academic excellence, and for everything you have contributed to the university and our GSE community.
The Graduate School of Education's commencement ceremony was held on Friday, May 14 at 9 a.m. All graduating students were given the option to participate virtually or in-person at UB Stadium.
All eligible students received and invitation to participate in the ceremony. All students that wish to participate must log in and choose how they wish to participate - either in-person or virtually. If you are eligible to graduate and did not receive the registration invitation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for Masters and Doctoral graduates of the Graduate School of Education who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:
Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.
Regalia is required to participate in the commencement ceremony. Graduates are required to purchase their regalia by April 2, 2021 to guarentee delivery before the ceremony. Orders received after that date are not guarenteed to arrive before the ceremony and are subject to additional shipping costs.
Each ceremony in chronological order will be listed on the university commencement web page. As streams become available, viewing links and an accessible PDF of the commencement program, including a listing of all graduates in the class of 2021, will be posted.
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View an accessible PDF of the commencement program for the UB Graduate School of Education Ceremony, including a listing of all graduates in the class of 2021.
UB’s commencement plans, including protocols for guests, were approved by the New York State and Erie County health departments, and will abide by the graduation guidelines issued on April 12 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Prior to entry, each individual must provide the following:
Parking is available in the following lots near UB Stadium:
Need help finding a lot? Utilize the interactive campus map.
Entry and Seating
Enter UB Stadium through Gates 1 & 2 at the south end of the stadium.
Seating is general admission. Guests will be seated in groups of two to view the ceremony.
Personal Belongings and Prohibited Items
Security personnel will conduct a speedy inspection of all belongings. This event is rain or shine. Umbrellas are permitted.
Prohibited items include:
Each GSE graduate will be allotted four guest tickets. These tickets will be emailed to the graduating students by the Center for the Arts and will be digital or can be printed. All guests attending the commencement ceremony will need to show their ticket upon entry.
All attendees must adhere to the following requirements on the day of the commencement ceremony:
Professional photography will be available at the event and provided by GradImages. Photos will be taken of graduates at center stage and again off stage in a special designated photo tent area. Details on obtaining photos will be provided at the ceremony. Please note, masks must be worn while on stage but can be removed in the photo tent if desired.
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. Update your permanent address.
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 email@example.com, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date. Learn more about the CeDiploma.
Do you or any of your guests have special needs that require assistance during the ceremony? If so, please email Dawn Haak with specific details of those needs.
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Countdown events for this year include in-person and virtual events from paint night and cap decorating contest to a virtual fun run.
The virtual commencement experience is loaded with traditions, contests and activities. Use these tools to add your memories and show your UB spirit.
Take part in UB’s annual graduation tradition and leave your legacy by “signing” your name on the 2021 Sign-a-Bull.