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 a minimum 102 earned credits may apply for graduation through self-service Banner. The Registrar's website posts deadlines and instructions. The Registrar will notify you of any graduation deficiencies once they have reviewed your records.
*Note: ONLY students who have graduated or are eligible to apply for their degrees in these terms may participate in the commencement ceremony.
A graduate candidate is a graduate student who has in progress the courses necessary to complete his or her degree or requisite certificate requirements and has an active master's degree, certificate of advanced study, or graduate certificate application on file by the appropriate deadline. The Graduate School posts deadlines and instructions. The Graduate School will notify you of any graduation deficiencies once they have viewed your records.
^Note: ONLY students who have completed or are eligible to complete their degrees and programs in these terms may participate in the commencement ceremony.
The difference between graduation and the commencement ceremony.
You will receive the 2020 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 August 2019, December 2019, or January 2020. 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 (undergraduate level) or the Graduate School (graduate level) 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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