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School of Dental Medicine

Friday, May 9, 2014
3:00 p.m., Center for the Arts

Contact Information

Sheryl Harvey, 829-2839


Commencement for the School of Dental Medicine will take place Friday, May 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre on the North Campus. A reception for the graduates and their families will immediately follow the ceremony.

Students who have been recommended for graduation by the Executive Council of the School of Dental Medicine are eligible to participate in the Commencement exercises. Unless notified otherwise, the School anticipates that all DDS graduates will participate in the ceremony.

Graduating students are welcome to invite relatives or others who have had a significant influence in their lives, and are dentists, to march in commencement and participate in the hooding ceremony.

Certificate, Masters and PhD students whose certificate or degree has been conferred in the past year or who anticipate receiving their certificate or degree by June 15 are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at the School of Dental Medicine for additional information.



Ceremony & Ticket Information

How long is the ceremony? The ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours. The ceremony is followed by a brief reception in the atrium.

If we want to make dinner reservations after the ceremony, what time should we estimate that we'll be done at the CFA? The ceremony will run until about 5:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the reception and take some photos and then return your gown as required in the CFA basement, you can plan on leaving the CFA by approximately 6 or 6:15 p.m.

How many tickets am I allowed? There are no tickets and no limits on the number of guests a student can have attend the ceremony. Doors for general seating open at 2:30 p.m.

Guest Information

Where should guests park? Free parking is available in any of the public lots surrounding the CFA. Passengers can be dropped off directly in front of the CFA main entrance.

Is the Center for the Arts handicapped accessible? Yes, it is. Ushers will assist with the seating of guests who need assistance.

If I am the GUEST OF a graduate and I have a disability, what accommodations will be available? Please refer to the "Guests with Disabilities" page for information. Also, as graduates are registering to participate in the ceremony, they may indicate if they are bringing guests with disabling conditions and what accommodations they require.

I am a GUEST OF a graduate and have small children attending; can I bring a baby stroller?

Graduating Student Information

Do I need to register?

Where do I report and when? Report to the basement of the Center for the Arts by 2:00 p.m. and follow signs to the student Robing Room.

What if I (graduating student) have a disability that impacts my ability to participate in the University Commencement ceremony? Please contact Sheryl Harvey at 716-829-2839 to discuss accommodations for students with disabling conditions.

How do I order my cap and gown? You must order a cap and gown in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. You can do this through the University Bookstore on the North Campus between January 6 and February 21. To place a phone order, call the Bookstore at 636-6290 and ask for the commencement desk. When ordering please identify yourself as a School of Dental Medicine student; DDS students should specify "Dentistry". Masters and Ph.D. students should specify either Masters or Ph.D.

When do I get my cap and gown? Cap and gowns will be available for pick up from the University Bookstore on the north campus between Monday, April 14 and Thursday, May 8 at noon. NOTE: After May 8 you can get your cap and gown at the Center for the Arts two hours before the ceremony.

How do I return my cap and gown? All caps, gowns and hoods must be turned in immediately after the graduation ceremony at the Robing Room in The Center for the Arts Building.

Can I have a relative or family friend participate in Commencement? Commencement includes a ceremony in which the Dean hoods each candidate. However, you are welcome to invite a relative or other dentist who has had a significant influence in your life, to march in commencement and participate in the hooding ceremony. Those participating in the hooding ceremony will need to wear the academic regalia; therefore you may want to order theirs at the same time you order yours if they do not own their own regalia. They will march in the processional and sit on stage with the faculty.

Will we receive further instructions? Commencement rehearsal will take place at the CFA on Tuesday, April 30 at 11 a.m.

How will my name appear on my diploma? Your name will appear exactly as it is listed officially in University Records.  To determine this, go to the HUB Student Center and click the Names link under the Personal Information group. Review your name, this rendition of your name will be printed on your diploma. You are not able to change or update your name on this site. If you need to correct the way your name is displayed (e.g. Legal name change), please come to the Academic and Student Affairs Office in the dental school.

International students should contact the International Student and Scholar Services Office at 210 Talbert or by email at

When and where will I receive my diploma? Student diplomas should be available by mid-June for June 1, 2014 Conferral. Graduates may pick up their diplomas or have them mailed to you. You will be asked for this information on the "School of Dental Medicine Outprocessing Form." Any questions regarding this can be directed to Academic and Student Affairs.

Is the ceremony videotaped or is there a photographer? The ceremony will be videotaped and will be available for viewing on YouTube and the SDM website post-commencement. Families are welcome to take photographs and video on their own during the ceremony.

Academic Ceremonies: Office of Special Events | 352 Fargo Quad, Bldg. 4 | University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY 14261-0050 | (716) 645-6147 ext. 2
Commencement Events/Activities: Student Life | 150 Student Union | Buffalo, NY 14260 | (716) 645-2055 | E-mail