Countdown to Commencement

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University Life and Services


School of Public Health & Health Professions

Saturday, May 14, 2016
1 p.m., Center for the Arts

Contact Information

April Whitehead, 829-6781


Students who have processed application to candidacy forms, filed for degree with an expected conferral date of September 2015, February 2016, or June 2016, and who remain in good academic standing may participate in commencement.

More information regarding School of Public Health & Health Professions (SPHHP) commencement activities may be found on their website: External Site Link Icon


Students participating in this ceremony must register online. External Site Link Icon Please register online no later than May 9.

*Attention Rehabilitation Science students graduating in 2016: You will need to register twice; once for your departmental hooding ceremony and once for the SPHHP school ceremony. These are two separate events. Please refer to the Rehabilitation Science website External Site Link Icon for more information.


How long is the ceremony? Approximately two hours.

Do I need to purchase tickets? If so, how many is each student allowed? There are no tickets for this event. Graduating students will each receive three invitations for keepsake purposes only. You may invite as many guests as you'd like.

If I am the guest of a graduate and I have a disability, what accommodations will be available? Please refer to the "Accessibility" page; there you will find specific information regarding disability accommodations at the Center for the Arts.

What if I (graduating student) have a disability which impacts my ability to participate in the SPHHP Commencement Ceremony? Please note if you have a disabling condition and what accommodations you require, as you register for the ceremony. Registration is done online. The SPHHP commencement coordinator will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodations.

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

What time should I arrive? The SPHHP ceremony begins at 1 p.m. sharp. All students must arrive no later than 12 p.m. to begin assembling in the robing room. Signs will be posted in Center for the Arts to direct students to the Drama Theatre (robing room for students).

When should my guests arrive? Guests should arrive no earlier than 12 p.m. Ushers will inform guests when the Mainstage doors open for seating.

Will there be a reception following the ceremony? Yes; there will be a reception in the atrium immediately following the ceremony. All students and their guests are invited and no ticket is required.

What if I do not have proper commencement attire? Can I still march? No; all students MUST wear proper attire (cap, gown, hood, and tassel) in order to march across the stage.

How do I order my cap, gown, hood and tassel? You must order your cap and gown set through the University Bookstore. You will receive an email in mid-January with instructions and deadline dates for ordering your set. Please be sure to order your cap and gown set before the deadline as the bookstore may run out of stock before commencement.

Are individual names announced? Yes; the program director for each program will be calling students up to the stage by name.

I will not have my degree conferred by May 2016. Can I still march in the ceremony? That decision is left to the discretion of each department.

Will all graduate students be hooded on stage? No; only the doctoral students will be hooded on stage by their mentor. All master students must be hooded prior to the procession into the theater. Please note that all DPT students will be hooded in a separate ceremony on Friday evening, May 13.

Will professional photographs be taken at the ceremony? If so, how can I order pictures? Yes; SPHHP will have a professional photographer taking pictures before, during, and after the ceremony. The pictures will be downloaded to the school website and an email will be sent out to all graduates with the link. Once downloaded, you will be able to print out the pictures. Should you wish to order a professional package, SPHHP will provide the contact information for the photographer on their website.

Will the ceremony be available for online viewing? Yes; after commencement weekend a video link will be posted online through which you may watch a recording of the ceremony. Visit our "Video" page for links and information.

Will further instructions be received by students? Students will receive emails throughout the spring semester regarding commencement. Students may also visit the school website External Site Link Icon for the most up-to-date information. Students must register online - see Registration section above.

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