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150th Commencement - Saturday, May 21, 2022

To our new graduates: We are so proud of your hard work and accomplishments. Now, we celebrate!

Our Commencement ceremony honors the Class of 2022, our 150th graduating class, and your transformation from hard-working student to proud alumni. Congratulations, Bengals!

Commencement Day

Ceremonies

President Conway-Turner will confer degrees. The Provost and deans will announce individual graduate names by academic school.​

  • School of Arts and Sciences and Individualized Studies (9:00 a.m.)
     
  • Schools of Education and The Professions (1:00 p.m.) 
     
  • The Graduate School  (5:00 p.m.)

 

Bachelor's Class of 2022

Ceremonies at and 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Honoring

  • August 2021 Graduates
  • December 2021 Graduates
  • January 2022 Graduates
  • May 2022 candidates

Graduate School Class of 2022

Ceremony at 5:00 p.m.

Honoring

  • August 2021 Graduates
  • December 2021 Graduates
  • January 2022 Graduates
  • May 2022 candidates
  • August 2022 candidates

Includes master's degrees, certificates of advanced study, and graduate certificates.

School of Arts and Sciences
Individualized Studies
  • Bachelor's degree candidates receive 4 guest tickets.
  • Doors for guests and grad lineup open at 8:00 a.m.
  • Ceremony runs 9:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m.
  • Live stream viewing in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall for guests without tickets.
  • Reception (no tickets required) immediately following the ceremony on the first floor of the Campbell Student Union.
  • Bachelor's Ceremony Viewing Options
  • Live Stream (posted on Commencement day)
School of Education
School of the Professions
  • Bachelor's degree candidates receive 4 guest tickets
  • Doors for guests and grad lineup open at 12:00 p.m.
  • Ceremony runs 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.
  • Live stream viewing in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall for guests without tickets.
  • Reception (no tickets required) immediately following the ceremony on the first floor of the Campbell Student Union
  • Bachelor's Ceremony Viewing Options
  • Live Stream (posted on Commencement day)
The Graduate School

Master's degrees and graduate certificates

  • Grads and candidates receive 10 guest tickets. Additional are available when picking up tickets
  • Doors for guests and grad lineup open at 4:00 p.m.
  • Ceremony runs 5:00 p.m. to approximately 7:00 p.m.
  • Reception (no tickets required) immediately following the ceremony in the Sports Arena on the second floor Ice Arena upper lobby.
  • The ceremony will be live streamed on the commencement website for guests unable to come to campus on commencement day. (posted on Commencement day)

From the President

"As we prepare to celebrate our 150th Commencement, I want to assure our graduates, their family members and friends, and our campus community that a wide range of safety and security protocols will be in place at the Sports Arena this weekend."

Katherine Conway-Turner
President, Buffalo State College 

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Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner, president
Letitia James

Commencement Address

New York State Attorney General Letitia James

Letitia “Tish” James, the 67th attorney general for the State of New York, will deliver the Commencement address.

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SUNY Honorary Doctorates

Joseph “Grandmaster Flash” Saddler
Joseph “Grandmaster Flash” Saddler
Joseph “Grandmaster Flash” Saddler

DJ, rapper, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, will receive a SUNY honorary doctor of fine arts at the 9:00 a.m. ceremony. 

Dennard
Darryl W. Dennard, Class of 1981
Darryl W. Dennard, Class of 1981

Darryl W. Dennard, ’81, award-winning broadcast journalist, will receive a SUNY honorary doctor of humane letters at the 1:00 p.m. ceremony.

Eric Greenberg
Eric J. Greenberg, Class of 1978
Eric J. Greenberg, Class of 1978

Eric Greenberg, ’78, award-winning journalist, communications and outreach director, and interfaith leader, will receive a SUNY honorary doctor of humane letters at the 5:00 p.m. ceremony.   

Chancellor's award medal

Student Awards

Buffalo State proudly recognizes these students, who have integrated academic excellence with distinguished achievement. 

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

President’s Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student

Commencement Celebrations

Senior Celebration

Friday, May 20, 2:30 p.m.
Traditional Toast with President Conway-Turner

Event Info

Graduate School Celebration

Saturday, May 21
Following the 5:00 p.m. Graduate School Ceremony

Event info

Two students with President Conway-Turner at Senior Celebration
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COVID-19 Precautions

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  1. Western New York is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. While restrictions have eased statewide, please consider your fellow graduates, guests, and community before attending Buffalo State’s commencement ceremonies or gatherings. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing coronavirus symptoms (sore throat, headache, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath, and coughing), please get tested before coming to campus.

    Masks are not required at commencement ceremonies but are encouraged following COVID exposure, for high-risk individuals, and, as always, for anyone who feels more comfortable wearing one. For those unable to attend in person, commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on the college’s YouTube channel, Facebook, the commencement website, and available for post-ceremony viewing online.