The two baccalaureate ceremonies, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., are identical in format. Each graduate must register for the ceremony he or she chooses to attend (see Registration & Tickets) and provide tickets for your guests for the live ceremony in the Sports Arena. Also, you may direct any guests without tickets to the live streaming in the Bulger Communication Center.
Then plan to meet all your guests immediately following your ceremony at the festive reception held in the Campbell Student Union. Following each ceremony, your reception features live entertainment and refreshments and is a great opportunity for you to introduce your family to faculty and staff who attend. No tickets are required for the receptions.
The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.
Doors to the Sports Arena open for guests at 9:00 a.m. (guest tickets required). Building 39 on map.
Graduates report to the Ice Arena, located in the Sports Arena complex, for lineup between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. Graduates must report for lineup no later than 9:30 a.m. to be included. Be sure to have your lineup entrance ticket for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony.
The ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.
Doors to the Sports Arena open for guests at 1:00 p.m. (guest tickets required). Building 39 on map.
Graduates report to the Ice Arena, located in the Sports Arena complex, for lineup between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Graduates must report for lineup no later than 1:30 p.m. to be included. Be sure to have your lineup entrance ticket for the 2:00 p.m. ceremony.
Note regarding children and tickets
As building capacity is based on individuals, all guests entering the Sports Arena for the ceremony must present a guest ticket, including babies and children and even if they will sit on adult laps. Please consider not bringing babies and 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 the start (doors open one hour before ceremony time). See Registration & Tickets for alternate viewing options.
As you enter the lineup area in the Ice Arena, you will receive a card on which to write your name. (During the ceremony, as you walk across the stage, you will hand that name card to a faculty member who will announce your name.) Find your place in the lineup according to your academic school. Signs will be posted.
Leave your personal belongings with your family. You may not carry anything in the academic procession (e.g., purse, camera, etc.). A program will be on your chair in the Sports Arena.
Put on your cap and gown. 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.
Once directed to your seat, remain standing for the singing of the national anthem, during which male candidates should remove their caps.
Shortly following the Commencement Address, the deans from each of the four academic schools will be introduced. Each will, in turn, present the degree candidates from his or her school 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. When Interim President Cohen says, "Honors pertaining thereunto," move your tassel from right to left with your left hand.
Following the conferring of degrees, candidates will process across the stage 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. Hand the reader your card. He or she will announce your name as you walk across the stage and are congratulated by the President and dignitaries. You will be directed back to your seat.
Note: You will not receive your diploma 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.
Welcome to the Buffalo State Alumni Association. Upon graduating, you become one of more than 100,000 alumni living in Western New York and around the world. As a graduate, you are a member for life. You will receive your alumni membership card and benefits information with your diploma at your permanent address. Visit the Buffalo State Alumni Association website regularly to stay in touch, update your contact information, and be part of alumni life at Buffalo State.