We recognize this accomplishment requires a tremendous amount of dedication, sacrifice and extraordinary perseverance in the face of setbacks that happen along the way. 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 will be held on Friday, May 20 at 9 a.m. at UB Center for the Arts.
No tickets are required to attend commencement. Guest seating in the Center for the Arts is on a “first come first served” basis. For general commencement questions regarding university-wide matters such as student caps and gowns and guest information including health and safety guidelines, prohibited items, parking, and accessibility for guests of graduates, please visit the university commencement site.
A livestream of Friday's ceremony will go live at 9:00 a.m. Click the button below to view live online.
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 2022, is available
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date. Learn more about the CeDiploma.
Western New York continues to experience a swift rise in COVID-19 rates, due to the spread of the omicron subvariant BA.2 and a general loosening of restrictions.
Though the increase is expected to ease in the coming weeks, UB health and safety officials recommend that visitors to UB and members of the campus community use their best personal judgment in protecting themselves as the semester draws to a close.
Individuals who should be extra cautious when attending commencement ceremonies or graduation parties – this includes the unvaccinated, undervaccinated (not boosted), elderly and immunocompromised, and those who interact with these groups – are strongly encouraged to wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94).
Anyone who feels unwell or experiences symptoms such as sore throat, headache, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath and coughing should stay home and get tested. Anyone testing positive should isolate, according to CDC guidelines.
Please note that while masks are not required at commencement ceremonies for participants or attendees, they are mandatory for passengers aboard UB buses and shuttles, per guidance from the governor and CDC. Complimentary face masks are available to riders upon request.
For those unable to attend in person, degree conferral ceremonies will be available for live stream and post-ceremony viewing.
For more information, visit UB’s Countdown to Commencement website.
Dear members of the UB community,
As we approach the end of the academic year and celebrate our graduates’ many accomplishments at UB’s recognition ceremonies and commencements, I want to ensure that our graduates, their families and friends, and our faculty and staff feel safe enjoying these momentous occasions.
As with any large-scale event, UB has put in place security checkpoints for all those attending our recognition ceremonies and commencements. We ask that our graduates and everyone participating in commencement anticipate that gaining entrance into the event venue may take an extra few minutes.
I look forward to celebrating the events leading up to and including commencement weekend with our graduates and their guests.
Satish K. Tripathi
All eligible students will receive an email invitation to participate in the ceremony in the coming weeks. All students that wish to participate will need to register. Details on how to register are to be announced. Be aware that registration to attend commencement is different than/separate from applying for graduation.
This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for master's 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.
If you have questions about your eligibility to graduate, please email email@example.com.
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 2022, will be posted.
Unable to attend? Watch the video:
Get your cap and gown, take that graduation photo, and leave your mark. Countdown to Commencement begins now!
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 2022 Sign-a-Bull.
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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:
Regalia is required to participate in the commencement ceremony. Graduates are required to purchase their regalia by March 11, 2022 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. Click the button below for more information on pricing and order deadlines by degree type.