Commencement Headquarters is located in the Barnes and Noble at Buffalo State Bookstore in the lower level of the Campbell Student Union. Register there for your ceremony, pick up guest tickets and purchase caps and gowns; hoods and stoles; and tassels, announcements, diploma cover, gifts for the graduate, and other graduation accessories.
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Call the bookstore with Commencement ceremony registration or guest ticket questions.
Students or family members may order and pre-pay for regalia until April TBA, 2020. Payment options include cash, check, major credit card, and B&N gift card. Students who would like to order and pre-pay for their regalia using their Bookstore Deferment may do so in the bookTBA through May TBA. Regalia can also be purchased in store during that time.
Note: Gold honors cords for qualified bachelor's degree candidates may not be pre-ordered and will be available to purchase in store beginning April TBA. Eligible students will receive a letter from the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs during spring recess. Their names will be on an eligibility list in the bookstore, permitting their purchase of the gold honors cord.
If you currently live out of town (only), print and complete the out-of-town cap and gown order card either for bachelor's (PDF, TBPosted) or graduate level (PDF, TBPosted). Mail it with payment and your registration card to the Barnes and Noble at Buffalo State Bookstore, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Campbell Student Union, Buffalo, NY 14222-1095. Orders must be received by TBA 2020. You may request to have your academic regalia purchase sent to your home (add $7.95 for shipping and handling), or indicate that you will pick up your order in the bookstore when you are on campus for Commencement. Checks payable to Buffalo State Bookstore. Canadian orders, please use postal money order in U.S. funds and select bookstore pick up (shipping to Canada unavailable). You may contact the bookstore for assistance at (716) 878-5509.
For assistance in obtaining guest tickets because you currently live out of town (e.g., Syracuse, Long Island, Saratoga, out-of-state, etc., ONLY), contact the bookstore at (716) 878-5509 to make arrangements. Student teachers and other graduates, remember, the bookstore is open until 6 p.m. Monday–Thursday and is also open on Saturdays 12–4 p.m., so you should not contact the bookstore to arrange for your tickets but should register for Commencement and obtain your guest tickets in person.
Sales tax is included. Payment and ordering/purchasing procedures will be posted.
Bachelor's degree candidates who qualify for honors at Commencement and who applied for their degrees by the appropriate deadlines receive congratulatory letters at their permanent addresses in March. These names also will be on an honors eligibility list at Commencement Headquarters in the bookstore when degree candidates register for Commencement. Gold Honors Cord criteria TBPosted.
Students, graduating and non-graduating, who are invited to the annual Honors Convocation on April 16, 2020 receive separate and different notification. These two honors are distinct and separate. Please visit the Honors Convocation site for that information.
Master's degree candidates require hoods. The official colors for the velvet trip are:
Sales tax is included.
See master's degree hooding and certificate vesting instructions.
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