UB School of Nursing Commencement 2021

A nursing professor holding a class of champagne.

Event Details


This ceremony is intended and scheduled only for graduates from all departments who have applied for graduation indicating one of the following graduation terms:

  • Summer 2020 (Sept. '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.


All eligible students are invited to participate in the ceremony, and will receive a 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.

On the Full Measure website, graduating students will be able to review their commencement slide information that will be displayed both online and at the ceremony in the North Campus pavilion. Students will also sign up for text updates, receive instructions for ceremony participants and families, and request a guest ticket.

Graduating students must register by Monday, May 3.

Cap and gown information

When you place your order, you will be guided in selecting the appropriate regalia based on your academic discipline and degree.


Photography details to follow.


Questions on accessibility can be emailed to Robert Cenczyk at robertce@buffalo.edu.

Guests and tickets

The University, in conjunction with the Erie County and New York State Department of Health have approved the presence of limited guests at the May commencement ceremony.  At this point, due to the capacity of the outdoor venue and the number of projected graduates, we anticipate that each nursing graduate will have one guest ticket available to them for the commencement ceremony.  These will be distributed electronically to each graduate who registers for the event.  There will be information forthcoming on registration through the University’s Full Measure platform.

All guests attending a commencement ceremony will need to show their ticket upon entry; graduates will be required to check in at registration.  All graduates and guests must adhere to the following requirements on the day of the commencement ceremony:

  • Complete the Daily Health Check on the day of the event.
  • Bring photo ID and be prepared to show either:
    • Negative viral test results within last 72 hours.
    • Proof of full vaccination (at least 14 days after final dose).
    • Proof of full recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
  • Wear a face covering over nose and mouth.
  • Maintain a minimum six feet of physical distance.


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 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 also have the option to purchase a certified electronic diploma (CeDiploma) for $15.95. An offer will be sent to your UB email, from info@credentialtrust.com, approximately 3-6 weeks after your degree conferral date.

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.

*Should changing health guidelines make it necessary for safety, the university is prepared to convert to a virtual ceremony.