Commencement 2024

A ceremony celebrating undergraduates dressed in their graduation caps and gowns.
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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 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:

  1. Apply to Graduate
    The application process confirms the graduate has met the requirements for receiving their diploma. Please check that you have applied for graduation in HUB.
  2. Register to Participate in the Ceremony
    Registration is required for Class of 2024 graduates who would like to participate in the School of Architecture and Planning's 52nd commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2024. The registration deadline is April 4.

Program Book Name

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.

Caps and Gowns

When you place your order, you will be guided in selecting the appropriate regalia based on your academic discipline and degree.

  • Undergraduate Architecture: blue gown; tassel and hood colors are blue-violet.
  • Undergraduate Environmental Design: blue gown; tassel and hood colors are brown.
  • Graduate Architecture: black gown; tassel and hood colors are blue-violet.
  • Graduate Planning/RED: black gown; tassel and hood colors brown.
  • PhD: place order online; black gown.


Printed Diploma

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.

Certified Electronic 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, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.

Latin Honors/Gold Cord Policy

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)

  •  3.200 — cum laude
  •  3.500 — magna cum laude
  • 3.750 — summa cum laude

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.

Ceremony Length

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.

Day-Of Ceremony Details for Grads

Student Speaker

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

  • Tell us in a speech, which must be no more than 500 words in length, what message you'd like to share with your fellow classmates.
  • The deadline for submission is Monday, March 25, 2024.

We'll announce the winning selection to the School later this semester.

Memory Slideshow

It's time to look back and share your memories. Upload your favorite photos of life at UB, from your time in studio and favorite projects, to exploring Buffalo, NY and beyond, study abroad and events.

  • Upload your photos with a brief caption and credit. Your photos will be included in our student slideshow, to be presented at our ceremony on May 17, 2024. 
  • The deadline for photo submissions is Monday, April 22, 2024.

Questions? Contact Us
(716) 829-5916


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