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!
Friday, May 14, 2021
UB North Campus
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 829-3981
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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 is former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton administration (1992-1997). Today, he is chairman of American Triple I, an infrastructure investment firm based in New York. He is also a vice chairman of the Board of Directors & Equity Owner of Shank Williams Cisneros & Co., LLC, and principal of Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC. a national municipal and corporate finance firm. He is the founder and chairman of CityView, which is a partner in building more than 100 communities in 13 states, building more than 7,000 homes with a total value of over $5 billion.
With degrees in urban planning and public administration, Cisneros began his community-building career more than 40 years ago, first as a city councilmember and then as mayor of San Antonio, Texas. He is the first Hispanic-American to serve as mayor of a major U.S. city. During his four terms as Mayor, he helped rebuild the city’s economic base and spurred the creation of jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements. As a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet, Secretary Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments and with formulating policies which contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever homeownership rate. He has served as President of the National League of Cities, Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and is currently an officer of Habitat for Humanity International. Cisneros is author or editor of several books including: Interwoven Destinies: Cities and the Nation, Building Equitable Cities, and The Texas Triangle: An Emerging Power in the Global Economy.
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.
Following the recent general announcement, we are delighted to share the news that the university has received approval to have guests at our commencement ceremonies! Each in-person student participant will receive 2 guest tickets to the School of Architecture and Planning. Details regarding ticket distribution are still being finalized. All guests attending a commencement ceremony will need to show their ticket upon entry; graduates will be required to check in at registration.
Please note the following health and safety guidelines:
UB is thrilled to be able to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduates in person. Although COVID-19 continues to be a risk, the university has taken steps to minimize the chance of transmission. Please see UB's full list of Commencement Health and Safety Guidelines, including requirements for screening, face coverings, and required documentation of a vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.
UB’s commencement plans were approved by the New York State and Erie County health departments and will abide by the graduation guidelines issued on April 12 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.Download pdf
All attendees must adhere to the following requirements on the day of the commencement ceremony: All attendees must adhere to the following requirements on the day of the commencement ceremony:
Graduates need to register in advance to participate in their ceremony; registration is separate and different from applying for graduation. More information is forthcoming, including details about registration and participation.
Students can choose to attend virtually by registering with their school. Those that do so will have their name read aloud and their slide information displayed during the ceremony.
Updated April 16, 2021
Please find information for guests of our graduates, including parking, directions, ticketing, and accessibility, here: http://www.buffalo.edu/commencement/guest-info/tent.html
A photograph of each graduate participating in person (as they cross the stage) will be taken at the ceremony. Those graduates will receive an email with an option to purchase their graduation photo after the ceremony.
Graduates: 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. Graduates, submit your photo memories here! Please include a brief caption and photo credit information.
Please visit UB's commencment website for details on ordering cap and gown. When you place your order, you will be guided in selecting the appropriate regalia based on your academic discipline and degree. Note the order deadline of April 30 for home shipment of your cap and gown. Order your cap and gown here.
Students in the School of Architecture and Planning who have graduated in August 2020 or February 2021, or who have applied to graduate with an expected conferral date of June 2021 or August 2021, and who remain in good academic standing may participate in commencement.
Subject to completion of all degree requirements and satisfaction of the following minimum criteria, Latin honors may be conferred as indicated upon the individuals listed herein and upon such others as may meet the requirements. To qualify for Latin honors, students must present a minimum of 60 credit hours of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not satisfactory or unsatisfactory [grades of ‘S’ or ‘U’]). The UB GPA must be a minimum of 3.2 (to 3.499) for cum laude, 3.5 (to 3.749) for magna cum laude and 3.75 (to 4.0) for summa cum laude. To receive the Latin honors designation in the printed 2021 commencement programs, candidates for the June 2021 degree conferral date must qualify based upon their UB cumulative GPA through the Winter 2021 session and total number of UB credit hours projected through the Spring 2021 semester. Standings for Latin honors MAY change once final grades are posted or degrees conferred.