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.
SUNY Buffalo State's 150th Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
Guest ticket distribution begins on Thursday, April 14 in the bookstore. Bachelor's candidates will receive four guest tickets, and graduate degree and advanced certificate candidates will receive 10 guest tickets.
We strongly encourage families and friends to pre-order online flowers and bouquets for their graduates. We will have a contact-free customer experience for guests who are simply picking up their pre-purchased and reserved product(s) at the tent in front of the Sports Arena before Commencement ceremonies. Pre-ordering your flowers will help ensure customers get their flowers safely and efficiently while increasing overall social distancing measures.
Do your alma mater proud by sporting the Buffalo State College colors in all types of clothing and accessories, and displaying graduation mementos. Barnes & Noble at Buffalo State Bookstore offers a wide selection of Buffalo State sweatshirts, T-shirts, lounge pants, scarves, hats, and bumper stickers. There is a great selection of special graduation gifts including diploma frames, mugs, glassware, designer totes, and more.
And certainly the bookstore carries a wide variety of books by campus and local authors (great gift idea!), as well as national best-sellers.
VISIT Buffalo Niagara provides area hotel information. Refine your search to choose accommodations in the downtown, airport, or other specific areas.
The Dean of Students publishes the Bengal Family Newsletter to provide parents, family members, and friends with important dates, events, department opportunities, and support resources for students. The following editions include 150th Commencement updates.
Protocols for commencement ceremonies and activities are subject to change. Please check the commencement website, and students should check their Buffalo State email, for any updates. Campus updates are provided under Coronavirus Information.
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