A bachelor's degree candidate is an undergraduate student who has in progress the courses necessary to complete his or her bachelor's degree and has an active bachelor's degree application on file. Students with 90 credits or more completed may apply for graduation. Go to the Registrar's website for deadlines, instructions, and to apply online. The Registrar will review your records and notify you of any graduation deficiencies.
A master's degree or C.A.S. candidate is a graduate student who has in progress the courses necessary to complete his or her degree/C.A.S. requirements and has an active master's degree or certificate of advanced study application on file by the appropriate deadline. Go to the Graduate School website for deadlines, instructions, and to apply online. The Graduate School will review your records and notify you of any graduation deficiencies.
Master's degree/C.A.S. graduation application deadlines:
Note: Graduate certificate students and post-baccalaureate program students do not participate in Commencement and are not listed in the program booklet.
The difference between Graduation and Commencement.
You will receive the 2018 Commencement information mailing at your permanent address of record during the week of spring recess if you apply for your degree by the appropriate deadline or have graduated in December 2017 or January 2018. This your confirmation that you are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony and obtain guest tickets.
Be sure your current permanent address is on record. If you have had address changes and are unsure, check with the Registrar (bachelor's) or the Graduate School (master's/C.A.S.) as soon as possible.
Buffalo State makes every effort to include all eligible degree candidates' names in the Commencement booklet. Those who apply for their degrees after the deadlines are not guaranteed listing in the booklet. If you receive any awards (from your department, athletic, special programs, scholarships, etc.), and you did not apply for your degree on time your award may not be listed.
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