graduate receiving her hood during a commencement ceremony.

General Information

The School of Law commencement ceremony is for students graduating from the JD, LLM, and BA in Law programs.

Saturday, May 14, 2022
3:00 p.m., Center for the Arts (CFA), North Campus
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As of March 2022, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will no longer be required to attend commencement ceremonies in May. This applies to students, faculty, and guests. However, these updated COVID guidelines are subject to change. Read UB's updated Health and Safety Guidelines.

Eligibility

Those students who have completed the requirements for the J.D./LL.M./BA in Law degree and have diploma dates of February 1, 2022, June 15, 2022, or September 1, 2022, are eligible to participate in this commencement ceremony.

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Registration for Ceremony & Apply to Graduate

All prospective J.D./LL.M./B.A. graduates who wish to attend the law commencement ceremony are required to REGISTER with the commencement coordinator by March 4, 2022.  If you do not register, you will not be eligible to participate in the ceremony.

In addition to registering to participate in the ceremony, students MUST apply for graduation (degree) via the HUB system is not registering for the commencement ceremony.

  • Eligible J.D.s & LL.M.s: Our Records, Registration & Financial Aid Office has submitted all applications on each student’s behalf for those graduating in February, June, or September 2022.
  • All BA students MUST apply for graduation (degree) via the HUB.

Report Time

Graduating students are asked to report to the Center for the Arts, Drama Theater no later than 1:45 p.m. to check-in. A photographer from Grad Images will be taking a class photograph at 2:15 p.m..  From there we will line up and the procession will begin promptly at 2:45 p.m.

Theater door open at 1:45 p.m. for seating. We ask that guests are assembled in the theater no later than 2:45 p.m. for the academic procession. All guest MUST have a ticket to enter the theater. Students are responsible for ticket distribution to their guests and tickets cannot be replaced or re-issued.

The ceremony will last approximate 2 hours. There is a light reception following which is a great opportunity to take photos with friends, family and professors.

Cap and Gown

The University requires all graduates to wear the authorized University at Buffalo School of Law academic regalia. Caps and gowns can be ordered for rental (for doctrinal candidatesapprox. $75) or purchase (for bachelor candidates $95) through the University Bookstore, located on the North Campus. Pricing and a link to order is forthcoming. (Below are approximate dates. Final dates will be announced in January and sent to all registered students.)

  • Mid-JanMarch 11 - Place your order via the University Bookstore.  All students will need to provide head measurement.
  • March 11 - Late order fees apply (beginning early May, the late fee double and availability is limited).
  • Mid-April - Pick-up begins!

Dual or collaborative degree candidates, (e.g., JD/MLS, JD/MBA, JD/MSW): if you choose to participate in multiple ceremonies, you will need to register to participate with all applicable degree schools. You will wear your School of Law doctoral regalia (robe and cap/tam) and purchase your Master's hood, which you will wear for your Master’s ceremony. With rental of your law regalia, you will be provided robe, cap/tam as well as the appropriate hood for our ceremony. The University Bookstore staff will be happy to discuss this and other options with you. 

To discuss any special concerns regarding regalia, please contact
Melinda Saran (saran@buffalo.edu).

For additional information, visit UB's Caps and Gowns website.

Commencement Cords (J.D./LL.M. only)

As part of Commencement, we offer 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 Student Bar Association. Details and ordering of cords are indicated on the ceremony registration form.

Any other additions to commencement regalia (like stoles), if not university sanctioned, must be vetted with the commencement coordinator.

Tickets and Guest Information*

Tickets

Each graduate is eligible to request up to six (6) tickets which you will request when you register to walk in the ceremony. You do not need a ticket for yourself as you will be seated in a special section with all of the other graduates.

If health and safety guidelines permit, extra tickets in the Main Stage Theatre will be distributed via a lottery to the students who have made requests during the registration process. Determination will take place after the registration window has been closed.

Overflow seating area (ticket required) will be available in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts. In addition, we will live stream our ceremony to our website.

Health and Safety

The University at Buffalo’s top priority for our 2022 Commencement Weekend is the safety of everyone in our UB community. All New York State guidelines for a safe celebration to honor our graduates will be followed. Thank you for remaining flexible.

For more information, please visit the UB’s Countdown to Commencement webpage for additional information.

Parking

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 as other ceremonies may be running concurrent to our ceremony. Handicap parking will be available.

*As of December 2021, a limited number of guests will be permitted to attend based on venue capacity and in accordance with all health and safety guidelines. Please keep in mind that as public health conditions continue to evolve, guidelines may change between now and our Commencement date in May. We ask that you remain patient and flexible.

Accessibility

All ceremonies will be live streamed so that anyone unable to attend in person may join in the celebration.

Ceremony streaming details will be posted in May.

Students - If you need accommodations to enable you to participate in a commencement ceremony, please reach out to the ceremony coordinator at aatkins@buffalo.edu.

Guests - The university is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities, including physical access to events and reasonable accommodations for members of the university community.

The UBCFA is accessible by wheelchair. We recommend that visitors enter through the main entrance doors. The main entrance is on level with the sidewalk in front of the UBCFA; accessible, automatic doors are available on either side of the main doors. Information on Accessible Parking

If your guest requires a sign language interpreter, please let us know as soon as possible.

Photography

Grad Images will capture a photo of you crossing the stage and being hooded (JD/LLMs). You will be asked to permit release of your email to Grad Images who will contact you with details and purchase information after the ceremony.

Diplomas

Latin Honors

Ceremony Contact

Melinda Saran (saran@buffalo.edu)