Commencement for the School of Public Health and Health Professions will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 5 p.m. in Alumni Arena.
If I have applied for degree conferral in HUB, do I still need to register to participate in the commencement ceremony?
Yes, applying for graduation in HUB signals to the university that you plan to graduate (i.e., receive your degree). A separate registration is required to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Do I need to apply for graduation before registering for the commencement ceremony?
Yes, this is how we know that you are planning to graduate.
How do I apply for graduation if I missed the spring 2024 conferral due date?
Bachelor’s Degree Candidates: If you did not submit that application via HUB by the due date, please fill out the graduation update form as soon as possible.
Master’s Degree Candidates: Students who are eligible to attend the ceremony should have applied for graduation via HUB. If you did not submit the application by the due date, please contact your department’s Graduate Academic Coordinator as soon as possible.
Doctoral Degree Candidates should have completed the Application to Candidacy (ATC) initially and then the Amend ATC form if they need to change the conferral term. PhD students do not apply for graduation via HUB. Please contact your department’s Graduate Academic Coordinator if you do not have a graduation date set and you are planning to attend the 2023 commencement ceremony.
Are students required to attend the commencement ceremony?
No, participation in the in-person ceremony is optional.
Do I receive my diploma at the ceremony?
No, all UB diplomas are mailed approximately six weeks after the conferral of your degree. Review the Office of the Registrar diploma details.
If I am a summer 2024 candidate, will my name be in the printed Commencement program?
No, the printed Commencement program includes summer 2023, fall 2023 and spring 2024 conferrals.
If I am a summer 2024 candidate, will my name be read as I cross the stage?
Yes, the names of all students are read when they cross the stage.
Do I need to wear a cap and gown for the ceremony?
Yes, all participants must be in full cap and gown.
What color hood should I purchase?
Sage green hoods are for those in the health professions program (e.g., Exercise Science, Biostatistics, Occupational Therapy).
Salmon hoods are for those in a public health program (e.g., MPH, Public Health Bachelor's Degree).
Is there a fee to attend the commencement ceremony?
No, the only associated fee is for the purchase of regalia.
Can I invite guests to the ceremony?
Guests of graduates are permitted at the ceremony and must follow all university health and safety requirements. No ticket requirements for the ceremony. No limit to the number of guests.