Commencement 2021

Commencement 2021.

2021 Commencement Ceremony
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Saturday, May 15, 2021
5:00 p.m.
Furnas Lot Tent, UB North Campus

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2021 Commencement ceremony will be streamed live online.

Click here to view the live stream on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Testing

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.

Testing Date:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Testing Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Testing Locations:

  • Student Union
  • Greiner Hall
  • Allen Hall
  • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for those who have applied for graduation (degree) within one of the following conferral dates:

  • Summer 2020 (August ’20 degree conferral)
  • Fall 2020 (Feb ’21 degree conferral)
  • Spring 2021 (June ’21 degree conferral)

Students should check with their advisors to make sure all degree requirements have been met.
See Apply and Get Ready for all graduation application information. 

Registration: Graduating Students

Please note: The registration deadline has passed.

Once registration is complete, you will receive a series of text messages/ emails and important details as the ceremony nears. 

Guests, Tickets and Seating

Every registered graduate for the in person ceremony will be allowed TWO guests to attend Commencement. Two tickets will be given to each graduate. 

In order to receive your QR code and ceremony tickets for your guests, registration must be complete. More info on ticket distribution is coming soon! 

Special Accomodations

Please contact Sarah Frontera ( regarding any accommodations you may need to allow for your participation in the commencement ceremony.

Caps/Tams, Gowns, Hoods and Tassels

Graduating students participating in commencement must wear appropriate academic apparel. Ordering deadline has passed.   

Recognition of Latin Honors

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)

  • 3.20 — cum laude
  • 3.50 — magna cum laude
  • 3.75 — summa cum laude

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.
  • 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', 'S' or 'U').

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.

Photography and Video

GradImages will be the official photographer for our ceremony. More information to follow.


Printed Diploma
The Office of the Registrar will mail a printed diploma, free of charge, to your permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after conferral date. 

Students are responsible for address updates and need to be made by the term conferral date to ensure receipt.

Update your permanent address

Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma)
Students graduating June 2020 and later can also purchase a certified electronic diploma (CeDiploma) for $15.95.

An offer will be sent to your UB email, from, approximately three-six weeks after conferral date.

Learn more about the CeDiploma