General Information

Register for Commencement

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.

Near the end of February 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 are seated and then recognized in alphabetical sequence by degree, registration for the ceremonies must be completed by April 6, 2018.

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Who is Eligible to Participate in Commencement

Those students who have completed the requirements for the J.D. or LL.M. degree and have diploma dates of February 1, 2018, June 1, 2018, or September 1, 2018, are eligible to participate in this commencement ceremony.

Applying for Graduation

3Ls graduating in February, June, or September 2018 must apply for graduation online through the HUB (View graduation instructions (PDF)). You must submit an application in order to graduate, receive your degree, and get your diploma. If you run into any problems, please contact Records, Registration & Financial Aid Office.

Cap and Gown

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.

Beginning in January 2018, rental orders will be taken at the University Bookstore, 200 Lee Entrance, North Campus or 716-636-6290. If you have questions regarding the rental of caps and gowns, call the University Bookstore at 716-645-3131.

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.

Tickets

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.

Senior Portraits

Online signup for Senior Portraits will announced via SIP and will be taken by University Photo in February.  The sitting fee is $15, included with that fee is a complimentary copy of the class composite.  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!

Awards

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. 

Commencement Cords

3L students have the opportunity to signify participation in student groups by wearing “cords” with your cap and gown during the ceremony.  This is an optional program and these are the only cords that can be worn at Commencement.  Information about the cords/colors and what they signify is printed in the Commencement Program. If you would like to purchase cords, they are available for the discounted price. Please see Amy Atkinson by Friday, May 5, to place your order.