Bachelor's degree candidates celebrate their graduation in one of two ceremonies:
See Registration & Tickets to learn how to provide tickets for your guests for the live ceremony in the Sports Arena, located at E5 on the campus map. Direct any guests without tickets, or with small children who may need to move freely, to the live streaming in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall, in building G6 on the map. Attend the festive reception following your ceremony in the Campbell Student Union. No tickets are required for the receptions.
Bachelor's Grads: Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Report to the Ice Arena no later than 8:30 a.m. See Sports Complex map.
Bring: Grad lineup ticket for the 9 AM ceremony, cap, tassel, gown, white stole, gold honors cord if eligible. Leave all belongings with your family. You may bring only a cell phone with you.
Guests: Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Guest ticket required for all entrants. Located at E5 on map.
Ceremony runs 9 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m.
Bachelor's Grads: Doors open at 12 p.m. Report to the Ice Arena no later than 12:30 p.m. See Sports Complex map
Bring: Grad lineup ticket for the 1 PM ceremony, cap, tassel, gown, white stole, gold honors cord if eligible. Leave all belongings with your family. You may bring only a cell phone with you.
Guests: Doors open at 12 p.m. Guest ticket required for all entrants. Located at E5 on map.
Ceremony runs 1 p.m. to approximately 3 p.m.
Note regarding children and tickets
Building capacity is based on individuals and is enforced. All guests entering the Sports Arena MUST present a guest ticket, including babies and children, even if they will sit on adult laps. Please consider not bringing babies/young children to the live ceremony as they typically are unable to sit through the two-hour ceremony, especially after waiting for up to an hour in the stands prior to start. See Bachelor's Options for alternate viewing options.
As you enter the Graduate Lineup area in the Ice Arena, you will receive a name card. Write your name as it should be pronounced and keep the card with you. Find your place in the lineup according to your academic school. Signs will be posted. Seating marshals will assist you. If you wish to sit with a friend in your academic school, line up directly in front of or behind that person.
Leave your personal belongings with your family and carry ONLY your name card with you and, if you wish, a cell phone with the ringer set to silent and that you can tuck into a pocket under your robe. You may not carry anything in the academic procession or bring with you any babies, children, guests, animals (except certified service animals), purse, camera, etc. A program will be on your chair in the Sports Arena.
Put on your gown, white Buffalo State stole, and cap/tassel. Wear the mortarboard square on your head, parallel to the ceiling. The tassel should be on the right front side.
Stay with your group so that you will hear the marching instructions when they are given by the seating marshals. The procession will follow the seating marshals out of the Ice Arena and into the Sports Arena. A program booklet will be on your seat in the arena.
Closely follow the directions of the marshals so that you have a seat. DO NOT SKIP SEATS as you are directed into the rows or you may have to sit with another group...even if it appears that there may not be enough seats. Follow seating marshals' instructions.
Once directed to your seat, remain standing for the singing of the national anthem. MALE CANDIDATES: please remove your caps during the singing of the national anthem. The convener with direct everyone when to be seated.
During the ceremony, degree candidates will be directed to process across stage to have your name announce and to be congratulated. Just prior to stepping onto stage, a professional photographer will take a formal photo of you individually. Have your name card ready as the seating marshals direct you to the stage. You may not carry anything or bring anyone with you as you walk across the stage. If you brought a cell phone with you, tuck it into a pocket under your robe and do not use it on stage.
Hand the reader your card. He or she will announce you as you walk across the stage and are congratulated by President Conway-Turner and deans. You will be directed back to your seat where you are to remain until the recessional at the end of the ceremony.
Note: Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. The Registrar's Office will mail your diploma to your permanent address within four to six weeks following the conferral of your degree.
During the ceremony, the dean from each of the academic schools in your ceremony will be introduced. They will, in turn, present his or her degree candidates and ask you to rise as a group. Remain standing until you are asked to be seated. Each dean will lead the graduates in the same manner.
Also during the ceremony, when President Conway-Turner says, "Honors pertaining thereunto," move your tassel from right to left with your left hand, signifying you are a bachelor's degree candidate.
For degree candidates with dual degrees: If both degrees are within the same school, you will rise with your school as it is announced. If your degrees are within different schools, you may process and sit with the school of your choice. Stand the first time you hear one of your schools called and remain standing, even if it is not the school where you chose to sit.
For double major or dual degree candidates with programs in separate schools that are in both ceremonies: You may choose only one of the ceremonies to attend. Eligible students will be noted on a list in the bookstore.
At the close of the ceremony, you will remain standing at your seats until the Platform Party and faculty have recessed. At that point, follow the seating marshals to exit. You will meet your family outside the arena (plan a meeting point ahead of time) where you may proceed to the reception in the Campbell Student Union, located at G6 on the campus map. No tickets are required for the receptions.
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