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University Life and Services


Graduate School of Education

Friday, May 13, 2016
9:00 a.m., Center for the Arts

Contact Information

Dr. Alan Gellin, (716) 645-6640 -


The following policies are in effect for the 2016 Graduate School of Education (GSE) Commencement Ceremony.
  1. Only those students whose degree requirements will be completed by the end of the Spring 2016 semester will be permitted to walk across the stage at commencement.
  2. Each doctoral graduate must be hooded by a GSE faculty member—most often their primary adviser. The doctoral graduate may be hooded by two faculty members, at least one being a GSE faculty member, provided the name, professional title, and institution of the second participant is forwarded to the GSE Dean's Office (Associate Dean Jenifer Lawrence: four weeks prior to commencement.

If a master's student would like to petition for an exception to the above stated policy regarding commencement participation, a written request by the student needs to be submitted to Associate Dean Lawrence four weeks prior to commencement. This request must be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's faculty adviser or program director.


The Graduate School of Education will email an invitation to all GSE students eligible to participate in commencement activities, by mid-March 2016. Students that will receive invitations are September 2015 and February 2016 graduates, as well as all June 2016 degree candidates. Only those that receive the email invitation will be instructed to go to a designated web site to complete an online registration form after which they will receive an email confirmation. PLEASE NOTE: The email address is the only way that we will communicate this information to students.


How long is the ceremony? Approximately 90 minutes.

How many tickets am I allowed? Tickets are not required for the Graduate School of Education Commencement Ceremony. First-come, first-served seating. SEATING BEGINS AT 8:30 a.m.

What if I (graduating student) have a disability which impacts my ability to participate in this ceremony? Please note that you have a disability and what accommodations you require, when you register for the ceremony.

Our commencement coordinator will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodations.

If I am the GUEST OF a graduate and I have a disability, what accommodations will be available? Please refer to the "Accessibility" page for information.

Where do my guests park? Center for the Arts (CFA) parking is in the Baird and Slee Lots on Augspurger Road directly in front of the CFA building. Many signs will be posted and aides will direct traffic (including handicapped parking).

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

Are individual names announced? Yes.

Where do I first report to and when? Center for the Arts, Room B85 by 8:00 a.m.

When will specific information about the Graduate School of Education's Commencement Ceremony be received by participants? Students who complete the online commencement registration form will receive an auto-response confirmation email. Specific commencement ceremony instructions will be emailed to all registered participants in early May 2016.

How do I order a cap and gown? Master's students order and purchase appropriate academic attire through the University Bookstore, located on the North Campus, beginning March 2, 2016.

Doctoral students rent their academic attire through the University Bookstore. Doctoral orders must be placed between January 18 and February 19. For out-of-town orders, call (716) 636-6290. Credit cards are accepted. See the Cap & Gown information section on this website.

Where do I get my honor cord? Honor cord recognition is not used for our commencement ceremony.

I will not complete my degree by May 2016. May I still march in the ceremony? See the GSE Commencement Eligibility Statement (above).

When will I receive my diploma? The Office of the Registrar External Site Link Icon will mail your diploma to your PERMANENT ADDRESS approximately four to six weeks after the conferral date. Note: Students are responsible for making address changes External Site Link Icon .

Is the ceremony videotaped and available for purchase? No.

Will there be a professional photographer at the ceremony? Yes. GradImages is the contracted photographer. Proofs will be emailed to each student a few days after the ceremony. Please direct questions to the photography studio at 1-800-261-2576.

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