All prospective graduates who wish to attend the graduate commencement ceremony must register online. Registration is required to participate in the ceremony. Online registration will be available via the School of Law website starting in the Fall. If you do not register you will not be eligible to participate in the ceremony. Applying for graduation (degree) via the HUB system is not registering for the commencement ceremony. You can register by clicking here.
In November of 2018, all students eligible to participate in the commencement exercises will be sent information regarding the ceremony and instructed to register online if they wish to attend. It is imperative that students who wish to attend the ceremony register. If you do not register you will not be eligible to participate in the ceremony. To ensure prospective graduates meet all university deadlines, registration for the ceremony must be completed by end of December 2018.
Those students who have completed the requirements for the J.D. or LL.M. degree and have diploma dates of February 1, 2019, June 1, 2019, or September 1, 2019, are eligible to participate in this commencement ceremony.
The Records, Registration & Financial Aid Office has submitted all applications for eligible 3Ls graduating in February, June, or September 2019, so you will officially graduate, receive your degree, and get your diploma.
All graduates are required to wear the authorized University at Buffalo School of Law academic regalia provided for you by the cap and gown vendor. More information will be sent regarding how to order your cap and gown. All orders will be processed through the University Bookstore on North Campus.
In January/February 2019, rental orders will be taken online at the University Bookstore. (Link to order online will be posted soon.)
For dual or collaborative degree candidates, (e.g., Library Science – MLS, Management – MBA, Social Work – MSW), you will need to purchase only the hood for the other ceremony. You would wear your Law School doctoral robe and tam for that ceremony and carry your Master's hood to be "hooded" at the ceremony. The Bookstore staff will be happy to discuss this and other options with you.
If you do not wish to wear the traditional cap and gown, there is an alternative. Traditionally, Buffalo Public Interest Law Program (BPLIP) offers the opportunity to donate toward its scholarship fund in lieu of renting a cap and gown. More details on how to purchase will be forthcoming.
Upon Commencement registration, students will request the number of tickets they requested (1-6). A lottery, for those individuals who requested extra tickets, will be held in early April.
For those who do not have a ticket for the Main Stage theatre, Commencement will be simulcast in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts where there will be open seating. In addition, the ceremony will be live-streamed online, a link will be available on the School of Law's website.
Online signup for Senior Portraits will announced via SIP and will be taken by University Photo in February. The sitting fee is $15. If you do not get a senior portrait taken, your photo will not be on the composite outside the Admissions Office on the third floor!
Most of the students awards will be announced at a special ceremony - The Students Awards Convocation - taking place prior to the Commencement Ceremony in Slee Hall. Students receiving an award will be notified via email in May. This program is by invite only.
Faculty & Staff Awards and Faculty Hooders at Commencement - Graduating seniors have the opportunity to vote for two awards to be given at Commencement; one to a faculty member and one to a staff member for outstanding contributions to the Law School.
Dale S. Margulis Award - Students may nominate themselves or another graduating senior for this award. The award is presented to a member of the graduating class who has contributed the most to the Law School and the community. This award is selected by the deans from nominations by members of the graduating class. Nominations should include a narrative and supporting information regarding the contributions of the nominee.
Justice Dolores Denman Award - The Justice M. Dolores Denman Award is presented annually by the WNY Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. This scholarship/award is presented to a graduating senior who is a custodial parent, and the award is intended to offset the costs of daycare and other child rearing expenses during the bar study period.
Please watch SIP for details, deadlines, and voting information.
As part of Commencement, we offer the opportunity for graduating 3Ls and LLMs the opportunity to signify their participation in various student activities by wearing “cords” during the Commencement Ceremony. Cords are compliments of the School of Law and SBA. Details on distribution will be forthcoming.