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  • 2019 Commencement

    Date: May 22, 2019             
    Location: Buffalo State College Sports Arena on 1300 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo (Please use the Grant Street entrance.)
    Streaming: Live Online 
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Who: Any student that has applied for graduation for September 2018, January 2019 or May 2019.

    Cap and Gown

    Graduates, who had indicated on their application that they would be attending Commencement, will be able to pick up their caps and gowns previous to the ceremony at each of the campus bookstores one week previous to the graduation ceremony. Please have your ID with you.

    You may wish to bring pins to secure your robe or hat. These will not be supplied. Your mortarboard is worn square on your head, parallel to the ceiling. The tassel should be to the right. Male candidates are to remove caps during the National Anthem.


    Directions to Buffalo State College
    Campus Map of Buffalo State College
    Commencement Ceremony Map

    General Information for Graduates

    • Graduates should arrive around 6 p.m. Doors open approximately at 5:45 p.m.
    • Graduates should report to the dressing room for robing.
    • Directions for the processional will be outlined by the organizers of the graduates while in the dressing room.
    • Parking information to be announced.

    Invitations and Admissions Tickets

    Each graduate will receive four invitations (these are for remembrances and keepsakes) and three admissions tickets. The admissions tickets are for your guests to enter the commencement facility. Tickets will be collected at the door. Because of space limitations, we are not able to honor additional requests for tickets.

    Photography and taking photos

    During the ceremony, a photographer will be taking photographs of each graduate as they receive their diploma cover. The proofs will be sent to each graduate who fill out an address card. These can be purchased from the company following receipt of the proof.

    Grad Images
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    Tallahassee, FL 32312
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    Bouquets of flowers will be available for sale at the Alumni table near the second floor concession stand. Proceeds will benefit the Alumni Association.

    Special Accommodations

    A barrier-free entrance is available in the front of the Sports Arena. Accessible parking (license or hang tag required) is in Lot G-24. Refer to the enclosed map. Accessible seating for guests with disabilities is also available and on reserve for guests using the barrier-free entrance. Please follow the arrows to these seats inside the arena; escorts are available upon request. A sign language interpreter will be present throughout the ceremony also.


    After certification by their Academic Department, May graduates will receive their diplomas during the summer. Please notify the Registrar's office if your current address is different than the address on the application for graduation. If there is a problem with your certification you will be notified.

    Honors Designations

    Gold Tassels - signifies graduation with high distinction (GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0)
    Gold Braiding - signifies graduation from the Honors Program (A sequence of courses taught with additional requirements)
    Gold Stoles - signifies membership in Phi Theta Kappa, a national co-ed honor society
    Red, White and Blue Braids - signifies graduates and faculty who have or are currently serving in the United States Military

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