This Jacobs School commencement ceremony is for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students graduating from the Roswell Park Graduate Division.
The livestream will begin 5 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.
An accessible PDF of the commencement program for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremony, including a listing of all graduates in the class of 2021, is available below.
Outdoor tent on UB North Campus, in the Furnas lot (off Lee Road).
Commencement coordinators will be in touch with details about when to report to the commencement site.
To ensure graduating students can meet the 72-hour turnaround time required for participation in each commencement, UB has designated specific hours on the days listed below during which those who are graduating may get tested. These collected samples will be marked as “priority” and receive expedited processing at the lab.
Commencement Testing Hours
Biomedical Sciences (Graduate and Undergraduate including Roswell Park)
Sun, May 16 - 9:30 a.m.
Thu, May 13
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
There will be testing sites in the following locations:
Graduating students participating in commencement wear academic apparel. Order early to make sure you get the appropriate items on time.
The University is allowing guests at the commencement ceremony. Due to density resrictions, each graduate will be allowed up to two guests (no exceptions).
More information regarding guest tickets (including how to obtain them) will be forthcoming.
The following items are prohibited:
Additional safety information is forthcoming. Please check back.
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 4.0=A)
To receive the Latin honors designation in the printed commencement programs, and to be eligible to wear the honorific gold cord (cum laude, magna and summa) during these ceremonies, candidates for the June degree conferral date must:
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) thru the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning on March 3. 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 (716-636-6290 ext. 12) and make their purchase over the phone; in this case, add $7.50 for home-shipping.
Candidates for graduation are also encouraged to wear on their robes any insignia, emblems or pins signifying membership in honorary societies or academic organizations, or special honors received for academic or extracurricular activities.
The name of each graduate participating in this ceremony will be announced.
This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for bachelor’s, master’s and PhD students within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, as well as students graduating from the Roswell Park Graduate Division, who have applied for graduation (degree) indicating one of the following graduation terms:
Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.
Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree).
This page will be updated with registration information when it is available.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.
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 contact the coordinator of the ceremony directly or the Office of Accessibility Resources.
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.
Administrative Director for Research and Graduate Education
Office of Research and Graduate Education
955 Main St., Room 6130, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 829-3399; Fax: (716) 829-2437