Commencement 2024

A ceremony celebrating undergraduates dressed in their graduation caps and gowns.
Ceremony Graduates Guests Faculty Q&A


  1. Q: Where to find updates for the School of Architecture and Planning Commencement 2024?
    A: For the latest updates, students, parents, and guests can follow this Commencement 2024 web page.

  2. Q: How long is the graduation commencement ceremony?
    A: The ceremony is anticipated to last 90 minutes, with potential variations depending on the number of graduating students and the duration of speeches. To allow sufficient time for the ceremony and exiting the parking lot, we recommend making an 8 pm reservation.

  3. Q: Will the commencement ceremony be live-streamed?
    A: Yes, for additional details, please visit this webpage: Link to live stream information.

  4. Q: Are tickets required for the School of Architecture & Planning commencement ceremony?
    A: No, tickets are not required for the School of Architecture & Planning commencement ceremony, for both students and guests. Unlike other UB ceremonies, our event does not require tickets. It's advisable to arrive early due to preceding ceremonies and traffic, ensuring timely seating before the commencement begins.

  5. Q: Is there a separate ceremony time for undergraduates and graduates in the School of Architecture and Planning?
    A: No, there is only one ceremony where both undergraduates and graduates from the School of Architecture and Planning share the stage at the same time.

  6. Q: What are the qualifications for wearing the honorific gold cord on the day of Commencement?
    A: Eligibility for the honorific gold cord, determined by Latin Honors, begins in early March. The School of Architecture & Planning receives an initial list of eligible students from the Registrar’s Office, promptly shared with the University Bookstore for cord purchase. A final list is generated in late March/early April to update symbols in the commencement program. Eligible students will be notified by the school via email, but the Registrar’s Office manages the intricate calculations for Latin Honors.

  7. Q: How can students check to see if they successfully registered for commencement?
    A: To verify your successful registration, please check your email for a confirmation message with the subject line “Registration confirmed for 2024 Commencement” from: A confirmation email is sent to all graduating students who have duly submitted their registration forms.

  8. Q: What should a student do if they've registered for commencement but can no longer participate?
    A: If you wish to withdraw your participation in the commencement ceremony, please send an email to This will notify the commencement committee of your decision, and they will guide you through the necessary steps.

  9. Q: When can students purchase their cap and gown?
    A: Students can buy their gowns and caps at any time. For more information and to make a purchase, please visit the provided link: Cap and Gown Purchase. It's important to note that purchasing regalia is not connected to registration. URP Planning students wear brown tassels and hoods, while ARC Architecture students have lavender tassels and hoods. Additionally, GRADs wear black gowns, and UNDERGRADs wear blue gowns.

  10. Q: What is the cost of a cap and gown set?
    A: The complete set is priced at approximately $120 or more. Please plan accordingly if you intend to make a purchase. The set includes a cap and gown. URP Planning students have brown tassels and hoods, while ARC Architecture students have lavender tassels and hoods. Additionally, GRADs wear black gowns, and UNDERGRADs wear blue gowns.

  11. Q: Can I walk earlier or defer my participation in the commencement ceremony?
    A: If you wish to walk earlier, make sure to apply for the conferral of your degree at the appropriate time. On the other hand, if you prefer to defer your participation in commencement, you can do so for up to a year, although your name will not be in the program next year.

  12. Q: I am an international student, does the University provide an invitation letter for my parents to apply for their VISA?
    A: As an international student, if you require an invitation letter for your parents to apply for their visa, please note that the University at Buffalo (UB) does not issue such letters. Instead, we recommend utilizing the sample letter available on the International Student Services (ISS) website for this purpose.

Published December 15, 2023

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.

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