Commencement Ceremony

Commencement is held each year at the end of the spring semester to honor the previous December and January graduates and the current May and August degree candidates. Information is mailed in March to December graduates, as well as to May and August degree candidates who apply for their degrees by the appropriate deadlines. See the Commencement website for specifics.

Graduating with Academic Honors, Gold Honors Cord

A Buffalo State College academic honors designation is awarded to baccalaureate graduates who achieve a 3.50 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all work completed at Buffalo State. (Transfer students are required to have residency minimum of 54 hours taken at Buffalo State.) Graduates with cumulative averages of 3.80 to 4.00 are designated summa cum laude; 3.65 to 3.79 magna cum laude; and 3.50 to 3.64, cum laude and such will be recorded on their diplomas and academic transcripts once final grades are calculated. Major program averages alone do not qualify. No degree candidate with missing or incomplete grades, such as I, U, X, or N, may graduate nor be considered for academic honors designation.

To wear the gold honors cord at Commencement in May, degree candidates must meet the following criteria based on their term of graduation or degree candidacy.

  • December graduates: Final cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above, minimum 54 Buffalo State hours completed, no outstanding grades of I, U, X, or N.
  • January graduates: Final cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above, minimum 54 Buffalo State hours completed, no outstanding grades of I, U, X, or N.
  • May degree candidates: Cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above for most recent term completed (December or January), minimum 54 Buffalo State credit hours completed or in progress through May, no outstanding grades of I, U, X, or N.
  • August degree candidates: Cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above for most recent term completed (December or January), minimum 54 Buffalo State credit hours completed or in progress through May, no outstanding grades of I, U, X, or N.

Qualifying names will be noted in the Commencement program booklet. Final cumulative GPA, which is calculated once all degree requirements are completed, will be recorded in the official transcript and may be different from that recognized at Commencement for May and August graduates.

See Academic Honors on the Commencement website for notification and gold honors cord purchase information.