Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony is approximately two hours long.

What time do I need to get there?

It is imperative for graduates to arrive by noon for check in.

Check In Time

Students who do not check in by noon may lose the opportunity to participate in the ceremony.

I am a doctoral student and have a hood. Do I put it on when I robe?

Doctoral students' will be hooded on stage by their major professor. Please drape your hood over your arm when you are called up to the stage to receive your certificate.

What side does my tassel go on?

Tassels start off on the right side. When you are asked to approach the stage to accept your certificate, you will be directed to move them to the left.

Is there a limited number of guests that I can bring?

There is no limit as to the number of guests that you can bring; however, seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Is handicapped seating available?

Yes, handicapped seating is available. Elevators are located in the first hallway on the right when entering the main entrance of the Main Stage Theatre.

I am bringing a guest to graduation who is hearing impaired. Will there be a sign language interpreter?

Yes, arrangements have been made to have an interpreter present at graduation.

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

Find everything you need to plan your visit, including accommodations, travel and more., on our Visit UB page.

Do I need to attend University Commencement?

No. University Commencement will award degrees only to undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as all candidates for Associate Degrees.

What color tassel should I have?

If you're earning a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, you should get a salmon-colored tassel. Doctoral candidates should receive a blue tassel. Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) candidates should receive a teal tassel. Everyone else should receive a sage green colored tassel.

What information do I need to communicate to the Book Store to ensure I get the correct robe/tassel/hood colors?

You need to give the full name of the school, "School of Public Health and Health Professions" and the Department and Program in which you are graduating from.

Department Program Degree
Biostatistics Biostatistics
Public Health
Community Health and Health Behavior Community Health and Health Behavior
Public Health
Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Exercise Science
Exercise Nutrition
Rehabilitation Science Rehabilitation Science
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Advanced MS, BS/MS
Epidemiology and Environmental Health Epidemiology
Public Health