Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement

This Jacobs School commencement ceremony is for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students graduating from the Roswell Park Graduate Division.

Ceremony Streaming

The upcoming Class of 2023 celebration may be viewed through this page.  The livestream will begin five minutes prior to the ceremony start time. A post-ceremony recording will be available on the UB Commencement website.

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 2023, is available online.

Date & Time

Sunday, May 21, 2023

9:30 a.m.
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Caps/Tams, Gowns, Hoods, and Tassels

Graduating students participating in commencement wear academic apparel.  Order early to make sure you get the appropriate items on time.

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.

The program book 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 ($12.75) 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 $7.99 for home shipping.

Recognition of Other Honors

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.


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:

  • Summer 2022 (Sept. ’22 degree conferral)
  • Fall 2023 (Feb. ’23 degree conferral)
  • Spring 2023 (June ’23 degree conferral)

Students should check with their advisers to make sure all degree requirements have been met.

This spring’s ceremony is not intended for students whose graduation term is later than this spring. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, please contact Kelli Hickey (undergrads) or Beth White (graduate students).


Registration for the commencement ceremony is separate from applying for graduation (degree).  The registration deadline is March 31, 2023.

Undergraduate Students

Only students who will walk at commencement need to register for the ceremony.

Graduate Students

Even if you do NOT wish to participate in the ceremony, you MUST complete the online registration form so your name will appear in the commencement booklet.

Once you've registered for commencement, additional instructions and reminders will be sent through UB email.


Printed Diploma

The Office of the Registrar will mail a printed diploma, free of charge, to your permanent address approximately four to six 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.

Certified Electronic Diploma

Students who graduated June 2020 and later  have the option to purchase a certified electronic diploma (CeDiploma) for $15.95. Notification will be sent to your UB email, from, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.

Ceremony Contacts


Kelli Hickey.

Kelli Hickey


Enrollment Management & Biomedical Undergraduate Education

40 Biomedical Education Building

Phone: 716-829-3005



Beth White.

Elizabeth White

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: Phone: (716) 829-3399;; Fax: Fax: (716) 829-2437