Only graduating students may participate in the graduation ceremony, including walking in the processional and crossing the stage. The University will make limited exceptions when a graduating student requires assistance due to a disability. Students needing accommodations to participate in the ceremony should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 829-5916.
Students eligible to be conferred a degree at the 2024 Commencement ceremony for the School of Architecture and Planning include those who graduated in August 2023 or February 2024, or who have applied to graduate with an expected conferral date of June 2024 or August 2024, and remain in good academic standing may participate in commencement.
Graduates who plan to participate in the School of Architecture and Planning's commencement ceremony are required to complete the following two-step process:
Eligible students will appear in the program book. Your legal name as it appears in HUB will be used for the commencement program book. If you are participating in the 2024 commencement ceremony, you may request how your name should appear in the program book when you register. If you are not participating in the ceremony and would like your Preferred Diploma Name listed in the program book, please complete form. Program book content will reflect the data available in HUB as of April 4, 2024.
When you place your order, you will be guided in selecting the appropriate regalia based on your academic discipline and degree.
The Office of the Registrar will mail a paper diploma, free of charge, to your permanent address approximately four to six weeks after the conferral date. Students are responsible for making address changes; these should be made by the term conferral date to ensure that you receive your diploma.
Students who graduated June 2020 and later have the option to purchase a certified electronic diploma (CeDiploma) for $15.95. Notification will be sent to your UB email, from email@example.com, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.
Students earning baccalaureate degrees (including those awarded as part of combined degrees) are eligible to receive Latin honors based on their UB cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the following scale:
Average (based on 4.000=A)
To qualify for Latin honors, students must present a minimum of 60 credit hours of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not grades of 'P',’NP’, 'S' or 'U').
To receive the Latin honors designation in commencement program books, and to be eligible to wear the honorific gold cord (cum laude, magna and summa) at the time of ceremonies, candidates for the June degree conferral date must qualify based upon their UB cumulative GPA through the winter intersession of that year and projected UB credit hours through the spring semester of that year. Standings for Latin honors may change once final grades are posted or degrees conferred.
This program book recognition is only intended for students who will have their degrees conferred in June, or have had their degrees conferred in the previous February or August.
The gold cords will be available for purchase ($14.25) through the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning March 12. At that time, qualifying students may purchase their cord at the store; please bring UB ID. Students will also have the option to contact the University Bookstore (716-636-6290, selection 4) and make their purchase over the phone; in this case, add $7.99 for home-shipping.
A photograph of each graduate participating in person (as they cross the stage) will be taken at the ceremony. Those graduates will receive an email with an option to purchase their graduation photo after the ceremony.
The duration of the function is an hour and a half (90 minutes). The length may fluctuate depending on the number of students graduating and the length of speeches.
We're inviting a student from the Class of 2024 to address the School's entire graduating class at Commencement. This is an exciting opportunity to reflect on your UB experience and how it has prepared you to take on the grand challenges facing the world today.
To nominate yourself as our 2024 student speaker
We'll announce the winning selection to the School later this semester.
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