Commencement Ceremony
Commencement is held each year at the end of the spring semester to honor the most recent December graduates, January Term graduates, and the current May and August potential degree candidates. An informative mailing is delivered during spring break to the permanent addresses of December and January graduates and also to May and August potential degree candidates who apply for their degrees by the appropriate bachelor's degree or master's degree/C.A.S. deadlines. For more information, visit the Buffalo State Commencement website at

Please note: Graduation occurs when a student completes his/her degree requirements, and as such is approved for graduation by the Registrar's Office or the Graduate School. Commencement is the ceremony honoring students, as noted above, who have recently or are about to graduate.

Baccalaureate Academic Honors/Gold Honors Cord

An honors citation is given to graduating baccalaureate students who achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all work completed. Students with a cumulative average of 3.8 to 4.0 will be designated summa cum laude; 3.65 to 3.79 magna cum laude; and 3.5 to 3.64 cum laude. To be considered for an honors citation, a student must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours at Buffalo State. No students with outstanding grades of I, U, X, or N may be considered for honors.  Degree candidates with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who have completed or have in progress 54 credit hours at Buffalo State may be eligible for academic honors. 

These students are invited to wear a gold cord at Commencement to signify their academic achievements, and they are recognized in the Commencement booklet. They will be notified by Academic Affairs separately from the Commencement information postcard, which is sent to degree candidates' permanent addresses during spring break. They also will be on a list at Commencement Headquarters where student register for Commencement; pick up guest tickets; and purchase caps, gowns, and honors cords.

Please link to Academic Honors (PDF) for details.