YOU, the graduate, will be in the spotlight on Commencement day! This is also a significant occasion for your family and friends who have supported you through years of growth and hard work.
Your professors and the staff also take great pride in your accomplishments, and Commencement is a great opportunity for you to acknowledge those special individuals. Please take a few moments to think about Buffalo State faculty and staff members who have made a difference to you-perhaps an inspiring professor, an extra-helpful adviser, or an exceptional staff person.
Complete and send special Commencement invitations to these individuals, asking them to participate in your ceremony. Download and print your INVITATIONS or pick some up in the bookstore during ticket distribution.
Faculty and Staff surely appreciate receiving these invitations and knowing that you have appreciated the extra mile they may have gone to help you on your way. Please do know that sending these faculty/staff invitations are not guest tickets, and it does not change the number of guest tickets you receive for your family to attend the ceremony.
Any faculty or staff member who wishes to attend the ceremony in the Sports Arena and does not march or volunteer usher will need to obtain a guest ticket from a student.
Receiving a special invitation from a student to participate in his or her ceremony is an honor, and those who acknowledge this request by marching or volunteering to usher are recognized on the Commencement website. A final list of marchers and volunteers who participate is posted following Commencement, with special indication of those who received printed invitations from students. (Be sure to sign in for each ceremony you march or usher.) See the For Faculty & Staff page.
Faculty and staff, please know that if you wish to attend a ceremony in the Sports Arena but do not march or usher, regardless of whether you receive a printed invitation from a student, you will need to obtain a guest ticket from a graduate to be admitted. No tickets are required to attend the receptions.
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