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Saturday, May 18 | Sports Arena

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

Our Commencement ceremony honors the Class of 2024, our 152nd graduating class, and your transformation from hard-working student to proud alumni. Congratulations, Bengals!

Commencement Day

Ceremonies

The Interim Provost and deans will announce individual graduate names by academic school.​

  • School of the Professions (9:00 a.m.)
  • School of Arts and Sciences (1:00 p.m.)
  • School of Education including Individualized and Multidisciplinary Studies (5:00 p.m.)

 

Bachelor's Class of 2024

Honoring

  • August 2023 Graduates
  • December 2023 Graduates
  • January 2024 Graduates
  • May 2024 candidates
  • August 2024 candidates

Graduate Class of 2024

Honoring

  • August 2023 Graduates
  • December 2023 Graduates
  • January 2024 Graduates
  • May 2024 candidates
  • August 2024 candidates

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

Student Speakers & Award Recipients

Shenese K. Patterson
Shenese K. Patterson 9:00 a.m. ceremony
Shenese K. Patterson

Patterson, recipient of the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student, will deliver the student address at the 9:00 a.m. ceremony

Zoe Gonez
Zoe E. Goñez 1:00 p.m. ceremony
Zoe E. Goñez

Goñez, recipient of the President’s Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate Student, will deliver the student address at the 1:00 p.m. ceremony

Mounika Goruganthu
Uttam Lakshmi Mounika Goruganthu 1:00 p.m. ceremony
Uttam Lakshmi Mounika Goruganthu

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Seth Rueger
Seth G. Rueger 1:00 p.m. Ceremony
Seth G. Rueger

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Catherine_Sarich
Catherine J. Sarich 1:00 p.m. Ceremony
Catherine J. Sarich

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Leslie M. Lawrence
Leslie M. Lawrence 5:00 p.m. ceremony
Leslie M. Lawrence

Lawrence will deliver the student address at the 5:00 p.m. ceremony.

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

 

Chancellor's award medal

Alumni Speakers & Award Recipients

Anne Constantino
Anne Constantino, ’80 9:00 a.m. ceremony
Anne Constantino, ’80

CEO of Telos Consulting Group LLC

Sheila Rayam
Sheila Rayam, ’90 1:00 p.m. ceremony
Sheila Rayam, ’90

Executive editor of the Buffalo News.

Darren J. Brown-Hall
Darren J. Brown-Hall, ’96, ’98 5:00 p.m. ceremony.
Darren J. Brown-Hall, ’96, ’98

Superintendent of the Williamsville Central School District

President’s Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Headshot of Charlene Fontana
Charlene M. Fontana, SSJ, '04 9:00 a.m. Ceremony
Charlene M. Fontana, SSJ, '04
Headshot of Cindy Abbott Letro
Cindy Abbott Letro 1:00 p.m. Ceremony
Cindy Abbott Letro
Headshot of Sharon Belton-Cottman
Sharon M. Belton-Cottman 5:00 p.m. Ceremony
Sharon M. Belton-Cottman
Group of Commencement students smiling

Commencement Celebrations

May 15 - Graduation Photos
noon-6 p.m. Campbell Student Union
Take graduation photos with a professional photographer. 

May 16 - Class of 2024 Senior Send-Off
7:00-9:00 p.m., JVL Alumni and Visitor Center
Class of 2023 semi-formal celebration. 

RSVP

May 17 - Commencement Preview and Celebration
2:30 p.m. Buffalo State Sports Arena
Our Commencement Preview and Celebration is a Bengal tradition! All Buffalo State graduates are invited to the celebration.