Commencement 2021

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The School of Architecture and Planning is pleased to announce that its 49th commencement ceremony will take place on May 14, 2021, at 5 pm, on UB’s North Campus. We can’t wait to celebrate our graduates and all they have accomplished – a milestone made all the more remarkable by their successful navigation of the past year. Congratulations, members of the Class of 2021. We look forward to seeing you on May 14!

Commencement 2021 | School of Architecture and Planning

Friday, May 14, 2021
5 p.m.
Commencement Pavilion
UB North Campus

  • In-person ceremony participants will be given two tickets for guests. "See "Guest Policy" in the FAQ below for more details
  • The ceremony will be live streamed for those students, family and friends who are unable to join in person.
  • A recording of the ceremony will be available later for viewing, available at

Any questions about commencement, including accessibility accomodations during the ceremony for graduates or their guests, can be directed to Joelle Haseley, commencement coordinator for the School of Architecture and Planning at or (716) 829-3981

Graduates: help us celebrate your special day

1. Share your memories and reflections on your time here with UB, and on what lies ahead. Submit your favorite photos of life at UB, from your time in studio, to your explorations of Buffalo, to study abroad, to student and campus events. Upload your photos here with a brief caption and credit.

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2. Graduates and Families: visit UB's #UBClassOf2021 website to find fun grad swag, including props, social media filters and photo backgrounds. Be sure to tag the School and #UBClassOf2021 in your posts so we can share the love!

Attention faculty and staff: Send a message to our graduates!

They did it! Now it's time to celebrate. We’re so proud of our #UBClassof2021, and we know you are, too. We're ready to blanket social media in the days leading up to graduation on May 14. Please post your quote or congratulatory message to your own social channels. Be sure to tag the School and #UBClassOf2021 so we can share the love! For those who are not active on social media, please feel free to send your message (150 characters or less) to Rachel Teaman at

Our program

Henry Cisneros, former U.S. Secretary of HUD to address graduates

We are pleased to share that Henry Cisneros, former United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Developent and a national leader in community-building, economic development and affordable housing, will deliver the keynote address at the School of Architecture and Planning's 2021 commencement ceremony.

Henry Cisneros.

Elaine Chow, BPS '98, to welcome graduates into the alumni family

Elaine Chow, a 1998 graduate of UB's undergraduate architecture program and now a faculty member and professional development coordinator for the Department of Architecture, will welcome our Class of 2021 into the alumni family. Elaine is an award-winning architect with an international portfolio of work that balances contemporary design aesthetics with environmental considerations.

Elaine Chow.

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