UB School of Nursing Commencement 2024

Event Details

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing is proud to host our 84th annual commencement on Friday, May 17, 2024, at 9 a.m. in Alumni Arena.  The ceremony is open to graduates of all of our degree programs and their families.

Additional information on this event and the University’s commencement weekend can be found below and on the University’s commencement website.

Commencement Address

The School of Nursing's commencement address will be delivered by Kevin Browne, DNP, RN, CNS, CCRN-K. Read more about Dr. Browne here.

Remote Access to Ceremony

Accessing a Livestreamed Ceremony

Degree conferral ceremonies will be available for livestream and post-ceremony viewing. Each live stream will begin five minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Viewing links will be posted here, prior to the ceremonies.

Information About Commencement

Health & Safety

Deliberate disruption or prevention of the peaceful and orderly conduct of classes, lectures, events, meetings and other University activities is strictly prohibited.


This ceremony is intended for students whose degrees were conferred in September 2023, February 2024 and June 2024.

Cap and gown information

Information about cap and gown ordering is available on the University’s commencement site. It is imperative that you order your cap and gown as soon as possible if you are planning to take part in the event. 

Guests and tickets

This is not a ticketed event. There is no restriction to the number of guests that may attend.


There will be a photographer present at the ceremony to capture a photo of each graduate as they cross the stage.


If you indicate in your registration that you require accommodations to participate in the ceremony, you will be contacted with additional instructions. Guests of graduates may find information on accommodations on the university’s commencement site.

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


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 info@credentialtrust.com, approximately three-six weeks after your degree conferral date.

Latin Honors/Gold Cord Policy

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.

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 through the University Bookstore on North Campus beginning March 8. Price and purchase details are forthcoming.