Faculty member carrying a sceptor

Demonstrate Pride in Your Graduates!

Participate in Commencement by marching in one or more ceremonies and plan to celebrate with your graduates and their families at the reception.


Bachelor's, Master's, and Advanced Graduate Certificates candidates participate by school (by department). Faculty march in the ceremony of their school by department. All are welcome to march in additional ceremonies.

Marcher Registration

Ceremony Times

Ceremonies by academic school include both Bachelor's and Master's candidates.

9:00 a.m.: School of the Professions
1:00 p.m.: School of Arts and Sciences
5:00 p.m.: School of Education Including Individualized and Multidisciplinary Studies

Questions?: See the Academic Affairs web site



All packages include cap, gown, tassel and hood.

Doctor Package:  $95.70*
Master Package:  $83.17*
Bachelor Package:  $79.57*
*Price does include tax.

Placing Rental Orders

Rental Regalia orders need to be submitted to the bookstore by Friday April 5th .

Late orders can be submitted by Friday April 19th. Extra shipping charges may occur and no guarantee of correct hood color.

Email: kellerm@buffalostate.edu

Phone: (716) 878-5509 to place rental orders.


A limited inventory of doctor and master's gowns, master's and doctor hoods, and caps are available for loan through the Academic Affairs Office.

  • Hoods will not match the marcher's discipline or institution where degree earned.
  • Sizes and hood colors are limited, and requests are filled in the order they are received. 
  • For guaranteed colors, marchers should purchase or rent hoods through the bookstore.

Placing Loan Orders

Email: kingap@buffalostate.edu by May 6, 2024, to arrange for regalia loan for commencement. 

Include your ceremony time(s), highest degree earned, and indicate small, medium, large and extra-large.

Honors Accessories for Students

Please Inform Students:
Faculty, staff, and advisers to academic and service programs, honor societies, and scholarship programs who distribute honors cords and other honors accessories, and also advise students in the proper wearing of regalia and accessories at commencement, please review the Policy on Commencement Honors Cords and Accessories.


Location and Times

Robing Room

  • The Robing Room is located in the Ice Arena upper lobby.
  • Enter the Ice Arena entrance ground floor via the east end of the building.
  • Platform party members, marchers, hooders and volunteers must report to the second floor to sign-in.
  • For barrier-free access, enter the building through the barrier-free entrance and take the elevator to second floor.

Signing In

Please sign in at the table outside the Robing Room for each ceremony you march in.

Check-In Times

  • 9:00 a.m. ceremony: Sign in and be ready no later than 8:30 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. ceremony: Sign in and be ready no later than 12:30 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m. ceremony: Sign in and be ready no later than 4:30 p.m.

After Sign-In


  • Proceed to your place in the lineup, inside the Ice Arena (you will find your name card on a chair).
  • Put on your academic garb and hang any jackets, etc. on the coat racks provided.
  • The faculty marshal will provide marching instructions.
  • The processional will leave the robing room 10 minutes before the ceremony is to begin.
  • A program will be on your chair in the Sports Arena where the ceremony takes place.


  • Hooders must check-in at the registration table on the second floor of the Ice Arena.
  • Proceed to the lower level of the Ice Arena.
  • Check in at the Hooders sign-in table.
  • Look for your department sign and position your students in their proper place (e.g. Bachelor's and Master's graduates)
  • Hooders will receive directions from the school marshals. 

Points to Remember

  • Please use the garment racks located on the far right side of the Robing Room.
  • Do not leave any valuables in the Robing Room.
  • Do not leave belongings or items, including garment bags, on or near your chair in the lineup area.
  • All marchers are assigned a name card to indicate their place in the lineup.
  • If you are marching in the next ceremony, please note you may be assigned a different place (or seat) in the lineup.
  • You must sign-in at the registration table for each ceremony you attend.
  • Light refreshments are available throughout the day for your convenience.