Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers for some frequently asked questions.

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please contact Rebecca Donoghue, Commencement Coordinator.

Q: I am a February 2017 or September 2017 graduate. Can I still participate in the 2017 Law School commencement ceremony?

A: Yes. If you have met all the requirements to be on the official graduation list, you may participate in the ceremony.

Registration is required to participate in the ceremony. Online registration will be available via the Law School website beginning January 2017. If you do not register, we will not know that you are participating. If you are not officially graduating in February 2017, June 2017 or September 2017 your name will not appear in the printed May 2017 commencement program and you should not be registering for this ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact Registration, Records, and Financial Aid.

Q: How do I order a cap and gown?

A: Caps and gowns can be ordered through the University Bookstore, located on the North Campus, beginning January 16 - February, 17, 2017. 

Q: Where do I first report and when?

A: The academic procession will begin promptly at 2:45 p.m. If you would like your family members to see you process into the theatre they will need to be seated by 2:45 p.m. The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Q: What time does the ceremony start?

A: The academic procession will begin promptly at 2:45 p.m. If you would like your family members to see you process into the theatre they will need to be seated by 2:45 p.m. The commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Q: Will further instructions be received by students who have registered to participate?

A: An email including further details will be mailed in late April to all registered students.

Q: I have a disability which may require special accommodations for me to participate in the commencement ceremony. What should I do?

A: When you register online to participate in the Law School commencement ceremony, simply note your possible needs for special accommodations. You will be contacted by a staff member who will discuss and finalize your accommodations.

Q: If I have a guest who has a disability, what accommodations will be available in the Main Stage Theatre/Center for the Arts?

A: The Mainstage Theater is accessible to persons with disabilities. Please notify Rebecca Donoghue, Commencement Coordinator, as soon as possible of any accessibility needs for your guests, including interpreters for deaf individuals, and wheelchair or other physically accessible seating so appropriate arrangements may be made. The request for interpreters for deaf individuals must be made no later than Friday, May 5 so that we can contract for these services. Ushers will assist guests with these needs. One guest may sit with the guest needing accessible seating. All guests will still require a ticket.

Q: Are tickets required?

A: Yes. Each graduate will request the number of tickets (up to 6) when they register for the ceremony. When you fill out the registration form there will be a place to request additional tickets. You do not need a ticket for yourself – you will be seated in a special section with all of the other graduates.

Q: How will extra tickets be distributed?

A: Each student will receive the number of tickets they have requested (up to 6). The extra tickets in the Main Stage Theatre will be distributed via a lottery to the students who have made requests during the registration process after the registration window has been closed. Once all of the extra tickets for the Main Stage Theatre have been distributed we will offer tickets for our overflow seating area in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts. In addition, we will live stream our ceremony on our website.

Q: Do I need a ticket for a small child?

A: Children under four who will sit on a lap do not need a ticket. It is University Policy for ushers ask a parent or guardian to remove disruptive children from the auditorium. So please consider ahead of time, as a courtesy to fellow graduates and others in attendance, whether or not your infant or young child will sit quietly through the approximate two-hour ceremony. Please keep in mind that requesting tickets in the Screening Room may be a better option for young children.

Q: Where can I find information for assisting my family and friends in making travel arrangements such as travel directions, hotel or motel information, or dining in the Buffalo are?

A: For assistance in making a trip to the University at Buffalo and metro Buffalo enjoyable, click here. For a map of North Campus, click here.

Q: If I want to make dinner reservations for my family after the Commencement exercises, what time should I make these reservations?

A: Allow approximately 3 hours. This would include 2 hours for the ceremony and another 30 -45 minutes for the reception that follows as well as an additional 20-25 minutes to get off campus and to the restaurant of your choice. Therefore, it is not recommended to make reservations before 5:00 p.m.

Q: Where can my family, friends, and relatives find parking for the Commencement Ceremony?

A: Parking will be available in all of the parking lots across campus, including all faculty, staff, and student lots. Parking lots closest to Center for the Arts include, but are not limited to, Lake LaSalle Lot (behind the CFA building), Alumni Lot, Arena Lot, Slee, and Baird Lots. Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to find parking. Handicap parking will be available.

Q: Will there be a professional photographer at the Law School Commencement?

A: Yes. GradImages will take individual photographs of each graduate attending commencement. Please visit their website for additional information.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

A: Diplomas will be ordered after all degrees have been conferred and they usually take about 6 weeks to be mailed out. Diplomas are mailed to the permanent address listed in your HUB student center. If you would like to order a frame, the size of the diploma is 12.5" W x 9.75" H.