Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Graduation Ceremony


Application for Degree

In order to be considered for graduation (degree conferral), each student must file an Application for Degree form with the Student Response Center prior to the published deadline dates listed below:

June 1 graduation February 1
September 1 graduation July 1
February 1 graduation October 1

Students are encouraged to file their applications well before the deadline dates; degree forms received after the above deadlines will be processed for the next conferral date. Degree application status is available on MyUB.

A degree auditor from Student Academic Processing Services will perform final evaluations of university degree requirements using the UB DARS report as a guide. The students' academic departments evaluate the completion of requirements for academic majors.

Students who find that they are not eligible to graduate on their applied degree conferral date must inform the Student Response Center in writing of their new degree conferral date. Note: Changing the "Expected Graduation Date" on MyUB is for financial aid purposes only. This will not update the Application for Degree.

Except in the case of errors in the transcript, grades will not be changed after degree conferral. When a degree is conferred, it is noted on the student's academic record (transcript) and diploma. Diplomas are mailed to the address supplied by the student. Students should make certain that the university has their correct mailing address. To check or update student address information, refer to MyUB at http://myub.buffalo.edu.

Graduation Rates

The four-year graduation rate of undergraduate students at the University at Buffalo approximates that of other major public research universities. Consistent with national trends, a number of University at Buffalo undergraduate students extend their graduation date to five years.

Settlement of Obligations

All tuition, fees, late charges, and fines must be paid before a student leaves the university at graduation. Students with outstanding debts to the university will not receive diplomas or transcript services, nor will any information about the student's program completion be released in any form.


Formal commencement exercises are held once every year in May. All students who have graduated the previous September or February, as well as students who have applied for June degree conferral, are eligible to attend the ceremonies. Information about commencement is available directly from the Office of Special Events.

Diplomas are not issued at commencement; they are mailed out within six weeks after the conferral date.