2022 Commencement

Sat., May 21, 2022 | 5 p.m.

The School of Public Health and Health Professions commencement ceremony is for all students who are graduating from the School of Public Health and Health Professions. We are honored and proud to recognize their efforts and accomplishments.

Logistics Event day FAQs


Students who have processed application to candidacy forms filed for a degree with an expected conferral date of September 2021, February 2022, or June 2022 and who remain in good academic standing may participate in commencement. Those who do not fall into these categories but wish to be considered to participate in the ceremony may file for an exception.

Exception form due by: April 18, 2022


Register by: May 1, 2022

Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree). If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must register for it.

*Attention Rehabilitation Science students graduating in 2022: You will need to register twice; once for the SPHHP commencement ceremony and once for your May 20 hooding ceremony. These are two separate events, each with its own registration site.

Student Information


There is no charge for guests to attend and no limit to the number of guests each student can bring. 


A photographer will be present at the ceremony to capture individual photos of your big moment! 

Latin Honors/Gold Cord Policy 

Students earning baccalaureate degrees (including those awarded as part of combined degrees) are eligible to receive Latin honors based on their UB cumulative grade point average (GPA) on the following scale:

Average (based on 4.000=A)

  • 3.200 — cum laude
  • 3.500 — magna cum laude
  • 3.750 — summa cum laude

To qualify for Latin honors, students must present a minimum of 60 credit hours of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not grades of 'P',’NP’, 'S' or 'U'.)

To receive the Latin honors designation in commencement program books, and to be eligible to wear the honorific gold cord (cum laude, magna and summa) at the time of ceremonies, candidates for the June degree conferral date must qualify based upon their UB cumulative GPA through the winter intersession of that year and projected UB credit hours through the spring semester of that year. Standings for Latin honors may change once final grades are posted or degrees conferred.

This recognition is only intended for students who will have their degrees conferred in June, or have had their degrees conferred in the previous February or August.

The gold cords will be available for purchase ($12) through the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning March 8. At that time, qualifying students may purchase their cord at the store; please bring UB ID. Students will also have the option to contact the University Bookstore (716-636-6291 ext. 12) and make their purchase over the phone; in this case, add $7.50 for home-shipping.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Students: If you need accommodations to enable you to participate in a commencement ceremony, please include your request when you register for the ceremony. The coordinator of this ceremony will contact you to discuss and finalize your accommodation request. If the coordinator does not contact you at least two weeks before the ceremony, please email sphhp-oasa@buffalo.edu or the Office of Accessibility Resources.

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.

Guest Information

Accessibility, directions, parking, and health and safety information can be found on the central Countdown to Commencement website.

Ceremony Contact

Jillian Reading.

Jillian Reading, PhD

Assistant Dean/Director of Student Affairs

416 Kimball

Email: jreading@buffalo.edu