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Commencement 2018: May 19

Commencement 2018: May 19

Posted: May 7, 2018

Buffalo State College will confer degrees on 1,900 undergraduate and 683 graduate students during its 146th commencement celebration, Saturday, May 19, in the Sports Arena.

Degree candidates will be honored at morning (9:00 a.m.) and afternoon (1:00 p.m.) baccalaureate ceremonies and an evening (5:00 p.m.) master’s hooding and certificate of advanced study (C.A.S.) ceremony.

The 9:00 a.m. ceremony is for degree candidates from the School of Education and School of the Professions. The 1:00 p.m. ceremony is for degree candidates from the School of Arts and Humanities and School of Natural and Social Sciences and Individualized Studies

The following graduates of the Class of 2018 will be honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in recognition of their academic and extracurricular achievements, leadership, and service: Matthew R. Burch, Emily Elise Cloutier, Mohamed B. Koanda, Samantha E. Stanford (undergraduate students), and John W. Latona (graduate student).

Andrew J. Butt will address the audiences at the morning and afternoon ceremonies as the recipient of the President’s Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Lyndsay M. Raymond will deliver an address at the evening ceremony as the recipient of the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student.

Hon. Brian Higgins, ’85, a member of the United States House of Representatives serving New York’s 26th Congressional District, will deliver the commencement address at the evening ceremony.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award will be granted to Amilee Cattouse-Scott, ’85, radio personality, and Michael Toppo, ’87, vice president and senior editorial director at CNN, at the afternoon ceremony.

Amber Morczek, Ph.D., ’09, will receive the Young Alumnus Achievement Award at the morning ceremony.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and join them in this special day by marching in the academic procession or by serving as a volunteer. Marchers and volunteer ushers are still welcome to register for the 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. ceremonies if they have not already done so. 



Commencement 2018 Details

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Sports Arena

December 2017 graduates, January 2018 graduates, May 2018 degree candidates, August 2018 degree candidates

9:00 a.m. morning baccalaureate ceremony

1:00 p.m. afternoon baccalaureate ceremony

5:00 p.m. master’s/C.A.S. ceremony

Commencement Address
9:00 a.m.

1:00 p.m. 

5:00 p.m. Hon. Brian Higgins, ’85, U.S. Representative, New York State 26th Congressional District

Getting Here
Directions, maps, and parking for commencement visitors.

Live Video Stream
The printed program booklet distributed to graduates and guests and live video streaming of the ceremonies are posted on the Commencement website. 

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