Date Established: February 2020
Categories: Commencement Ceremonies
Responsible Offices: Events Management
Date Last Revised: February 2020
Buffalo State College observes a strict no-alcohol or other drugs policy prior to and during the commencement ceremonies. Ceremony participants, graduation candidates, and guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages or other drugs onto the premises or consuming alcoholic beverages during the ceremony.
For everyone's safety and to ensure that all participants enjoy the special occasion of commencement, Buffalo State College expects all present to conduct themselves in a civil manner and to refrain from any disruptive behavior. In fairness to graduates, guests, faculty, and staff, any person determined by college personnel to be disruptive prior to or during the ceremonies or receptions may be removed from the premises and prohibited from participating further.
All graduates planning to participate in the commencement ceremony must acknowledge by acceptance of tickets that they have read and understand this policy as well as the consequences for violating the policy prior to receiving tickets to commencement. The audience will be reminded prior to the ceremony that any student or guest determined to be disruptive will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
Note to Degree Candidates
NOTE TO DEGREE CANDIDATES: The Buffalo State Commencement Code of Responsibility applies to all present on commencement day. Graduates eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies agree to abide by the terms of the code when they register for commencement and accept guest tickets, as well as agree to provide their guests with the terms of the code.
Graduates are expected to arrive on time with appropriate regalia. Those who do not arrive on time risk not being admitted to participate in the ceremony.
All official commencement and related activities and venues are alcohol-free and drug-free zones, unless part of Buffalo State College sanctioned activities.
The graduate lineup e-ticket (by Bengal ID card swipe) permits only the eligible graduate to participate in the ceremony. Only graduates will be permitted to areas reserved for graduates and to cross the stage during the ceremony.
Graduates are not to bring bags or purses larger than the size of a small clutch (4.5” x 6.5” x 2”) of any kind. Graduates and guests are subject to search and any prohibited items will be confiscated. Any special exceptions due to special needs require approval from the Events Management Coordinator*.
The following items are prohibited. This list is non-exhaustive. Similar items not listed are also prohibited. Please leave these items at home or in a vehicle:
No vaping or smoking is permitted anywhere.
*Contact the Events Management Office for special needs accommodations.
Office Name: Events Management Office
Office Address: Cleveland Hall 319
Fax: (716) 878-6127
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