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.
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.
The solid gold cord is being worn by graduating students who have earned the academic distinction of Latin honors including cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.
The green and gold cord is being worn by graduating students who are members of the national Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.
The gold and burgundy cord is being worn by graduating students who are members of the national Gold Humanism Honor Society.
The red, white and blue cord is being worn by graduating UB students who are reservists, newly commissioned officers or veterans of the United States armed forces.
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.
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.
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.
All attendees must adhere to the following requirements on the day of the commencement ceremony:
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.
Guests must be tested 72 hours prior to attending. We understand there is concern about getting the results in time but those are the protocols we have been given.
The following items are prohibited:
Grad Images will be capturing a headshot photo of you with your diploma after you cross the stage.
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.
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 email@example.com, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.