Graduation

Students must meet the following criteria in order to have degrees conferred:

Application for Degree

Students must apply for graduation via their HUB Student Center prior to the published deadline dates listed below:

  • June 15 graduation: February 22
  • September 1 graduation: July 15
  • February 1 graduation: October 15

Students are encouraged to apply for their degree well before the deadline dates. Applications attempted after the published deadlines will be applied to the next available conferral date. Students who will be receiving two degrees (BA & BS, BS & BFA, etc.) and students in a combined degree program must apply for both degrees at the same time.

A final evaluation of general education and university degree requirements will be completed by a degree auditor in the Office of the Registrar. Each academic department determines if academic major requirements have been met. All university, major, minor, concentration and certificate (if applicable) requirements must be satisfied on the HUB Academic Advisement Report prior to degree conferral.

Students who find that they are not eligible to graduate on their applied degree conferral date complete and submit Graduation Information Change Form: Multiple Major or Minor/Change Date (PDF) to inform the Office of the Registrar in writing of their new degree conferral date.

When a degree is conferred, it is noted on the student’s academic record (transcript) and diploma. Diplomas are mailed to the permanent address within HUB within six weeks after the conferral date. Students should make certain that the university has their correct permanent address. To check or update student address information, students should refer to their HUB Student Center (via MyUB).

Grades will not be changed after degree conferral except when errors in the transcript occur.

Transcripts of Transfer Coursework

All final transcripts for transfer credit must be received by the Office of the Registrar by the following dates:

  • June 1 graduation: May 10
  • September 1 graduation: August 10
  • February 1 graduation: January 10

Settlement of Obligations

All tuition, fees, late charges, and fines must be paid in order to receive diplomas or transcript services, including information about the student’s program completion in any form. The Office of the Registrar will hold diplomas for graduates with financial service indicators on their records and diplomas returned due to incorrect addresses for one year after the degree conferral date. After that, the diploma will be destroyed and the student will need to order and pay for a replacement diploma.

Commencement

Formal commencement exercises are held each 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 participate in the ceremonies. Information regarding commencement activities is available from the Countdown to Commencement website.

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.

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