Buffalo State College will confer degrees on roughly 1,500 undergraduate and 725 graduate students during its 150th Commencement celebration on Saturday, May 21, in the college Sports Arena.
Degree candidates will be honored at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. baccalaureate ceremonies and a 5:00 p.m. graduate ceremony.
The 9:00 a.m. ceremony recognizes degree candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences and Individualized Studies. The 1:00 p.m. ceremony celebrates degree candidates from the School of Education and the School of the Professions. The 5:00 p.m. ceremony honors candidates from the Graduate School.
The following graduates of the Class of 2022 will be honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in recognition of their academic and extracurricular achievements, leadership, and service: Kassius J. Broadus, Sara J. Hillman, and Joana C. Leamon.
Cody B. Crist will receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence Special Award for Military Service.
Nicholas M. Stanford will deliver the baccalaureate student address as the recipient of the President’s Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate Student.
Solomon Joseph will deliver the graduate student address as the recipient of the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student.
Letitia A. James, the 67th attorney general for the State of New York, will deliver the Commencement address. An experienced attorney and public servant with decades of legal work and a long record of accomplishments, she is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected attorney general in New York State. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she is a graduate of Lehman College and Howard University School of Law.
Joseph “Grandmaster Flash” Saddler, DJ, producer, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, will receive a SUNY honorary doctor of fine arts at the 9:00 a.m. ceremony.
Darryl W. Dennard, ’81, award-winning broadcast journalist, will receive a SUNY honorary doctor of humane letters at the 1:00 p.m. ceremony.
Eric Greenberg, ’78, award-winning journalist, communications and outreach director, and interfaith leader, will receive a SUNY honorary doctor of humane letters at the 5:00 p.m. ceremony.
Faculty and staff members 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 needed for the 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. ceremonies. Please register online.
Share photos, congratulatory messages, and words of encouragement with our graduates by using the hashtag #BuffStateGrads on Instagram and Twitter. All submissions are organized and collected through the online Grad Wall.
COMMENCEMENT 2022 DETAILS
Saturday, May 21, 2022
9:00 a.m.: Morning baccalaureate ceremony
1:00 p.m.: Afternoon baccalaureate ceremony
5:00 p.m.: Graduate School Ceremony
Bachelor’s Class of 2022: August 2021 graduates, December 2021 graduates, January 2022 graduates, May 2022 graduates, and August 2022 degree candidates. Includes bachelor’s degrees. Does not include undergraduate certificates.
Graduate School Class of 2022: August 2021 graduates, December 2021 graduates, January 2022 graduates, May 2022 graduates, and August 2022 degree candidates. Includes master’s degrees, certificates of advanced study, and graduate certificates. Does not include postbaccalaureate programs.
For more information, visit the Commencement website.
• Directions, maps, and visitor parking
• Links to livestream and video archive
Photo by Buffalo State Creative Services.
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