General Information.

General Information

The Ceremony

The University at Buffalo has finalized its plans for commencement season for students graduating this academic year.  We are very pleased to announce the School of Law ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 16, 2021 beginning at 3 p.m. in a tented, outdoor space in the Furnas parking lot (located off Lee Road) on North Campus. Additional details to follow.

Requirements for all attendees (students, faculty, staff and guests) will include mandatory mask-wearing, physical distancing and health screening, as well as proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination. For information regarding COVID-related guidelines and requirements as well as prohibited items, please reference the University’s Main Commencement site.

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All prospective J.D./LL.M. graduates who wish to attend the graduate commencement ceremony were required to register with the commencement coordinator by April 9 and indicated their interest in participating in-person or virtually/livestream.  If you did 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.

The University has determined that guests will be permitted to attend the ceremonies. Based on consultation with the county and state departments of health and the size of the outdoor tent, each law student registered to participate in-person will receive two (2) guest tickets for the in-person ceremony. Ticket request and distribution details are forthcoming. All ceremonies will be live streamed so that anyone unable to attend in person may join in the celebration.

Should changing public health conditions make it necessary, the University is prepared to convert the ceremony to a virtual event or restrict the attendance of guests to protect the health and safety of our university community. Questions? Please contact Amy Atkinson, Director of Student Life.

Any student needing additional accessibility assistance to participate in the ceremony should also contact Amy Atkinson.

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, 2021, June 15, 2021, or September 1, 2021, are eligible to participate in this commencement ceremony.

Applying for Graduation

For most UB degree programs, students must apply for graduation via HUB. Our Records, Registration & Financial Aid Office has submitted all applications on each student’s behalf for eligible 3Ls & LLMs graduating in February, June, or September 2021. So you will officially graduate, receive your degree, and get your diploma which will be mailed to you over the summer.

Cap and Gown

The University requires all graduates to wear the authorized University at Buffalo School of Law academic regalia provided for you by the cap and gown vendor.

Due to COVID restrictions, all student academic regalia must be purchased. J.D. and LL.M. students can place orders by calling the UB Bookstore 716-636-6290.  The law school will help to defer the cost of purchasing your regalia. You will receive a special discounted purchase price of $70 (regularly $170) plus shipping. You will need to provide your name, phone number, email, shipping address, height, weight, and have your method of payment available when placing your order. To avoid LATE FEES, orders must be placed by April 2, 2021.

To discuss any special concerns regarding regalia, please contact Amy Atkinson, Commencement Coordinator, at aatkins@buffalo.edu.

For dual or collaborative degree candidates, (e.g., Library Science – MLS, Management – MBA, Social Work – MSW), you purchase only the hood for the other ceremony. You will wear your School of Law 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.

Commencement Cords

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 Studen Bar Association. Details and ordering of cords are indicated on the ceremony registration form.

Diplomas

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.

Be sure to update your permanent address.

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 info@credentialtrust.com, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.

Learn more about the CeDiploma.

Guests

The University at Buffalo’s top priority for our 2021 Commencement Weekend is the safety of everyone on our UB community. All New York State guidelines will be strictly enforced.

The University has determined that guests will be permitted to attend the ceremonies. Based on consultation with the county and state departments of health and the size of the outdoor tent, each law student registered to participate in-person will receive two (2) tickets for the in-person ceremony. Ticket request and distribution details are forthcoming. All ceremonies will be live streamed so that anyone unable to attend in person may join in the celebration.

All guests attending a commencement ceremony will need to show their ticket upon entry; graduates will be required to check in at registration.

All attendees must adhere to the following requirements on the day of the commencement ceremony:

  1. Complete the Daily Health Check day of.
  2. Bring photo ID and be prepared to show either:
    - Negative viral test results within last 72 hours.
    - Proof of full vaccination (at least 14 days after final dose).
    - Proof of full recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
  3. Wear a face covering over nose and mouth.
  4. Maintain a minimum six feet of physical distance.

Should changing public health conditions make it necessary, the University is prepared to convert the ceremony to a virtual event or restrict the attendance of guests to protect the health and safety of our university community.