As we prepare to celebrate our 150th Commencement on Saturday, May 21, we want to assure our graduates, their family members and friends, and our campus community that a wide range of safety and security protocols will be in place at the Sports Arena this weekend.
We ask that graduates, family members, and all others attending or participating in any of our ceremonies plan accordingly and expect that gaining entrance to the Sports Arena may take a few extra minutes as you pass through our security checkpoints. Additionally, to speed up our screening process, please refrain from bringing any bags—large or small—to Commencement. Faculty and staff marchers and volunteers should enter the Sports Arena at the Graduate Lineup entrance. Signage will direct you.
Warmest wishes and congratulations to the Class of 2022! We look forward to celebrating and recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of our graduates on Saturday.
Bachelor's candidates attend either the 9:00 a.m. or the 1:00 p.m. ceremony, according to your academic school.
Registration & Tickets provides ceremony registration and guests ticket procedures. Following your ceremony, you and your guests are invited to attend the receptions in the Campbell Student Union. Tickets are not required for the receptions.
Doors open one hour prior to ceremony start time
Report to the Ice Arena no later than 30 minutes prior to your ceremony start time.
Bring: your graduate line up ticket, cap, tassel, gown, white stole, and any honors cords or pins. Leave all belongings with your family. You may bring only a cell phone with you.
Guests: Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Guest tickets required for all entrants.
The ceremony runs approximately two hours each.
As you enter the 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. (During the ceremony, as you walk across the stage, you will hand that name card to a faculty member who will announce you.) Find your place in the lineup with your department as organized by academic school. If you wish to sit with a friend in your academic school, lineup directly behind or in front of that person. Signs will be posted and volunteer ushers will assist you.
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 processional or bring with you babies, children, guests, animals (except certified service animals), purse, camera, etc. A program will be on your chair in the Sports Arena.
Wear your gown with the front zippered. Your white Buffalo State bachelor's sash is worn around your shoulders and draping on either side of your front evenly. Wear the mortarboard square on your head, parallel to the ceiling with the tassel 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. Stay in your place in line and with your academic school. 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. Following the 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 will direct everyone when to be seated.
During the ceremony, the seating marshals will direct graduates to the stage to be announced and congratulated. Have your name card ready. You may not carry anything or bring anyone with you as you cross the stage. If you brought a cell phone with you, tuck it into a pocket under your robe.
Just prior to stepping onto stage, a professional photographer will take a formal photo of you individually. Then hand the reader your name card. He or she will announce you as you cross the stage. Proceed across stage to be congratulated by the President and dignitaries. Exit the stage on the opposite side and proceed back to your seat. Marshals and ushers will direct you.
You will not receive your diploma at commencement. The Registrar will mail your diploma to your permanent address approximately six weeks following the conferral of your degree.
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. Make a plan where to meet your family outside the Sports Arena. Take photos and proceed to the reception in the Campbell Student Union. No tickets are required for the reception.
Welcome to your Buffalo State Alumni Association. Upon graduating, you become one of more than 110,000 alumni living in Western New York and around the world. As a graduate, you are a member for life. With your Alumni ID, you have access to benefits and services offered specifically to alumni of Buffalo State, including both on-campus and off-campus benefits. Visit the Buffalo State Alumni Association website regularly to learn about upcoming events around the country, update your contact information, and be part of alumni life at Buffalo State.
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