The School of Architecture and Planning is pleased to announce that its 50th commencement ceremony will take place on May 20, 2022, at 5 pm, at UB's Center for the Arts. We can’t wait to celebrate our graduates and all they have accomplished. Congratulations, members of the Class of 2022. We look forward to seeing you on May 20!
50th Commencement of the School of Architecture and Planning
Friday, May 20, 2022
Center for the Arts
UB North Campus
Graduates may visit UB's main Commencement website for guest information, to purchase cap and gown, and access resources for life after graduation. The School of Architecture and Planning site will provide School-specific information for registration, ceremony information including ticketing, and opportunities to celebrate our Class of 2022.
A note about commencement ceremonies and COVID-19. Western New York continues to experience a rise in COVID-19 rates. UB health and safety officials recommend that visitors to UB and members of the campus community use their best personal judgment in protecting themselves. Please click here to review the current recommended guidelines.
Share your memories and reflections on your time here with UB, and on what lies ahead. Submit your favorite photos of life at UB, from your time in studio, to your explorations of Buffalo, to study abroad, to student and campus events. Your photos will be included in our student slideshow, to be presented at our ceremony.
Graduates who plan to attend the School of Architecture and Planning's commencement ceremony on May 20, 2022, are required to register to participate by April 22, 2022. (Note: all members of the Class of 2022 are also required to apply for graduation to graduate and receive your diploma). The registration link is now closed. If you plan to attend graduation, please contact the commencement coordinator (Monica Stage) by email email@example.com or by phone 716-829-5916 for further instructions.
Charles L. Davis II, UB associate professor of architectural history and criticism, will present this year’s commencement address. Davis is a distinguished alumnus of the School and an internationally recognized scholar on racial identity in architectural history and contemporary design culture. He will be presented with the Dean’s Medal for his achievement.
Davis received his PhD in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and has an MArch (2002) and BPS (2000) from the University at Buffalo. His academic research excavates the role of racial identity and race thinking in architectural history and contemporary design culture. His current book project, tentatively entitled “Black By Design: An Interdisciplinary History of Making in Modern America,” recovers the overlooked contributions of black artists and architects in shaping the built environment from the Harlem Renaissance to Black Lives Matter. He has published articles and essays in Architectural Research Quarterly, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Harvard Design Magazine, Log, Aggregate, Append-x, and VIA.
Charles is the co-editor of Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present (University of Pittsburgh, 2020), which traces the historical influence of race thinking in modern architectural discourses. The book is widely noted for its provocation of new racial discourse in architectural education. The Journal of Architectural Education in its review noted: "[Race and Modern Architecture] demonstrates that in spite of its once lofty social agendas, modern architecture has defined itself through exclusion—something its contributors are prying open to allow for an ambition of newfound inclusivity."
David's 2019 book manuscript, Building Character: The Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style (University of Pittsburgh) traces the historical integrations of race and style theory in paradigms of “architectural organicism,” or movements that modeled design on the generative principles of nature. That publication is winner of the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Arts Association. Davis is also co-editor of Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015). His research has been supported by grants from the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Architectural Historians, where he is the co-chair of its Race and Architectural History affiliate group and producer of its podcast "Race &." He is also on the editorial board of the Aggregate Architectural History collective and an Advisory Board member of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center at Columbia University. In 2021, he was awarded the Diversity Achievement Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in honor of his exeamplary work on racial equity in architecture.
Prior to joining UB in 2017, Davis held faculty positions with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, The Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture, and Parsons School of Design, The New School. A dedicated alumnus of the School, Davis served as an inaugural member of the Dean's Council, from 2013-2017.
He will depart UB in Fall 2022 to join the faculty of the architectural history program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Students in the School of Architecture and Planning who graduated in August 2021 or February 2022, or who have applied to graduate with an expected conferral date of June 2022 or August 2022, and who remain in good academic standing may participate in commencement.
Please visit UB's commencment website for details on ordering cap and gown. When you place your order, you will be guided in selecting the appropriate regalia based on your academic discipline and degree. Order your cap and gown here.
The Office of the Registrar will mail a printed diploma, free of charge, to your permanent address approximately six to eight 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.
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Certified Electronic Diploma
Students who graduated June 2020 and later also have the option to purchase a certified electronic diploma (CeDiploma) for $15.95. An offer will be sent to your UB email, from firstname.lastname@example.org, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.
Learn more about the CeDiploma
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 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 ($12) through the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning March 8. 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 (716-636-6291 ext. 12) and make their purchase over the phone; in this case, add $7.50 for home-shipping.
We look forward to welcoming family members and friends of our graduates. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony. There is no limit to the number of guests each student can bring.
For graduates who require accommodations to participate in the ceremony, please indicate your needs through our commencement registration process (view registration form here). Guests of graduates with accessibility needs may view UB's guest information resource page. Please also feel free to direct your questions to the School's commencement coordinator: Monica Stage, 716-829-5916 or email@example.com.
Please find information for guests of our graduates, including parking, directions, and accessibility, here: http://www.buffalo.edu/commencement/guest-info/center-for-the-arts.html
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.