Not an Undergraduate? Visit the Graduate School Website.
For the most up to date information on Commencement, View the Commencement Website
Download the undergraduate degree application
Graduation occurs upon approval of your completed degree requirements. Diplomas are mailed up to six weeks following review of your records at the completion of your final term of study.
Commencement is the ceremony celebrating your graduation. Diplomas are not distributed at commencement.
DEGREE APPLICATION DEADLINES (Bachelor’s)
Students who apply by the following deadlines will receive a Commencement informational postcard at their permanent addresses during spring break notifying them they are eligible to participate in Commencement and directing them to the Commencement website for all the information they need. Also, their names will be included in the Commencement program booklet distributed on Commencement day.
Graduation Term Degree Application Deadline
December 2012 September 14, 2012
May 2013 February 8, 2013
August 2013 February 22, 2013 (Deadline for inclusion of name
Deadline for August 2013 is June 3, 2013 for students who neither wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony nor have their names listed in the Commencement booklet distributed at the ceremonies on May 18, 2013.Students who apply for their degrees following the posted deadlines are not guaranteed listing in the Commencement booklet and will not receive the Commencement informational postcard.
Commencement is held each May. The 141st Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 in the Sports Arena, honoring December 2012 and January 2013 graduates and May and August 2013 potential degree candidates for bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificates of advanced study.
Commencement information is mailed during spring break to the permanent mailing address of each student who applies for graduation by the appropriate deadlines. To ensure you receive the mailing, be sure your address and name on record is current. If you move or change your name, please submit the appropriate change form to the Registrar's Office as soon as the change occurs.
View the Commencement Website.
Top 10 Reasons Students do not Graduate
(Based on Graduate Applications during the 2011 to 2012 Academic Year
All students expecting to qualify for an undergraduate degree from Buffalo State must fulfill the following requirements:
File application with the Registrar’s Office, Moot Hall 210, by the specified deadline date (See above). Failure to make application by the deadline will preclude your name from appearing in the commencement ceremony booklet and from the mailing list for the commencement informational postcard that goes to degree applicants’ permanent addresses during spring break.
Undergraduate degree applications are available in the Registrar's Office, Moot Hall 210, or may be downloaded here. Graduate Students need to contact the graduate office. This form is in pdf format and thus requires Adobe Reader. If downloading the application online, you must print it out and fill in all the requested information; submit the printed form to:
Registrar's Office, Moot 210
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo NY 14222.
- You must meet all financial obligations to the college and return all college property.
- You must meet all curricular requirements. You must have completed the prescribed curriculum for your major. If requirements have changed since you were admitted to a program, you may choose to graduate under the old or new requirements.
- You must maintain a 2.0 cumulative average for all coursework taken at the college. The cumulative average for the courses taken in the major field must also be at least 2.0. The college requires all matriculated students to demonstrate college level skills in English composition and basic mathematics. You should refer to the college catalog under which you entered.
- You must have taken 42 to 66 credits in the general education area.
- All candidates must have completed a minimum of 33 credits of upper-division coursework courses generally considered advanced and numbered 300-499 (Foreign Language 201, 202, and 210 courses are also considered upper division)
- A minimum of 32 credits including the last 16 must be completed at the college.
- Foreign language requirements, where appropriate, must be fulfilled.
- A minimum of 120 academic credits must be completed
- Two "writing intensive" courses with the designation "W" following the course number are required.
- Three Credits of Diversity.
- Three credits of Global Issues are required for GEC students. You should refer to the college catalog under which you entered.
- Elementary Education majors must fulfill a drug education requirement and should file a certification application with the Teacher Certification Office, Caudell Hall 110.
- You will not be cleared for graduation until all symbols of "I", "N", or "X" have been replaced with an appropriate grade.