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Medical School Commencement

The livestream will begin 5 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.

This Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences commencement ceremony is for students graduating from the MD program.

An accessible PDF of the commencement program for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences MD Ceremony, including a listing of all graduates in the class of 2021, is available.

Date & Time

Friday, April 30, 2021

1:30 p.m., UB Stadium, North Campus

Mandatory mask-wearing, physical distancing and compliance with UB’s health check requirement is in effect for all attending the ceremony.


All MD candidates for the class of 2021 are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony.


MD candidates will receive communication with a custom registration link. All students that wish to participate must log in and choose how they wish to participate - either in-person or virtually.


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


If you need accommodations to enable you to participate in a commencement ceremony, please reach out to the ceremony coordinator.


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.

Please refer to the Accessibility for Guests webpage for additional information.

What if my guest has an accessibility issue or needs handicap seating?

There will be handicap seating, you do not need to notify us in advance. When your guest arrives to the gate to enter, they will be brought up a ramp to handicap seating. It is important to note that there is not an easy drop off area. Family members can park and help them to the gate, wheelchairs will be made available at the gate if needed.

If your guest requires a sign language interpreter, please let us know as soon as possible. There will be closed captioning on the screen.

Tickets and Guest Information

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


Up to four guests allowed. Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite when MD candidates registers for commencement ceremony (more information to come).


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 for a safe celebration to honor our graduates is being taken into consideration.

Your guests will be seated in pairs, if you have two four guests. If you have three guests, two of them will wil seated together and the third guest will be seated on their own, but they will be next to each other within a row. Your guests will be able to select their own seats.


Parking information will be provided in the coming days.

Safety and Required Health Attestation

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

  • Complete the Daily Health Check that day.
  • Bring photo ID and be prepared to show one of the following:      

              o  Negative viral test result (taken within 72 hours for PCR or 6 hours for antigen).

              o   Proof of full vaccination (at least 14 days after final dose).

              o   Proof of full recovery from COVID-19 within the past 90 days.

  • Wear a face covering over nose and mouth.
  • Maintain a minimum six feet of physical distance.


The following items are prohibited:


Grad Images will be capturing a headshot photo of you with your diploma after you cross the stage.


Printed Diploma

Students will receive their diploma at the ceremony as long as they have completed all graduation requirements including having satisfactory grades in all courses and they must have a recorded passing score on both the USMLE exam.

If you have not completed all requirements, your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address once you have; please contact the Registrar for more information.

Certified Electronic Diploma

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, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.


Sherene Milizia.

Sherene Milizia


Office of Student and Academic Affairs

955 Main Street, Room 1205 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-2802; Fax: (716) 829-2798


Ceremony Contact

Student and Academic Affairs Coordinator

Julis Szrama.

Julie Szrama

Student & Academic Affairs Coordinator

955 Main Street, Room 1214 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-2802; Fax: (716) 829-2798