The annual Honors Convocation is held each spring to recognize students who achieve academic excellence in their studies at SUNY Buffalo State. The faculty speaker is chosen from one of the Buffalo State schools. The campus community is invited to attend the ceremony and reception.
Students who achieve a cumulative 3.50 GPA and higher and have completed a minimum 45 credit hours at Buffalo State (30 for transfer students) by the close of grades in January 2018 are invited to attend the April 19, 2018 ceremony. Eligible students will receive an e-mail invitation and instructions at their Buffalo State student e-mail addresses in early March.
The invitation directs you to this website for all the information you need. The link to RSVP will be posted in the spring semester. The names of eligible students will be included in the program booklet that is distributed at Honors Convocation and posted on this website following the ceremony. Students who respond by March 27, 2018 will also see the names of their invited faculty and staff included in the program.
Please know that the invitation to graduating seniors to wear the gold honors cord at Commencement is separate and different from your Honors Convocation invitation. Please link to the Gold Honors Cord section of the Commencement website for detailed information.
The College Relations Office at Buffalo State will send you e-mail notification that your achievement can be seen online at https://buffalostate.meritpages.com. You are welcome to share it using social media and e-mail at your discretion. In addition, College Relations will send a news release to your hometown paper. The releases are not individual; you will be grouped with other students who have the same community newspaper. An individual release will be sent only when a student is the only student in a community paper’s zip code. The Buffalo News and other major daily papers do not publish these types of announcements. Questions regarding news releases can be directed to the College Relations Office at (716) 878-4201.
Both the campus community and your family are proud of your academic achievements, and you are welcome to invite those with whom you wish to share this special occasion. We ask that you please consider the limited seating in the auditorium and availability of parking on campus in the number of guests you invite.
Please use the printable invitation (to be posted) to invite a favorite faculty or staff member to sit with you and pin you during the ceremony. Their names will be included in the program booklet when you respond using the online RSVP form listed above by March 27, 2018.
Faculty and staff who are marching in the processional are expected to wear academic regalia. Regalia rental information is provided below. For Honors Convocation, order by Tuesday, March 13. You may use your rental for both Honors Convocation and Commencement and return it by Monday, May 21. If not participating in Commencement, return Honors Convocation regalia rentals to the bookstore by Monday, April 23.
Honors Convocation, orders are due March 13.
Regalia Rental Pricing
Faculty and staff marching in the processional who do not own regalia may rent it through the Barnes and Noble at Buffalo State Bookstore. Each unit includes cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Tax included. Contact (716) 878-5509. 2018 pricing will be posted.
► Bachelor's unit (cap, gown, tassel): $TBD
► Bachelor hood: $TBD
► Master's unit (cap, gown, tassel): $TBD
► Master hood: $TBD
► Doctoral unit (cap, gown, tassel): $TBD
► Doctoral hood: $TBD
Plan to meet your guests by 12:10 p.m. in the lobby outside Rockwell Hall Auditorium so you can enter and sit together. You and your guests are invited to a reception with light refreshments following the ceremony from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (The building offers barrier-free accessibility.)
When you arrive, please sit with your guests in the auditorium. During the ceremony, James Mayrose, dean of the School of Professions, will present you as a group to Provost Perreault by asking you and all the honor students to rise as a group. You will remain standing at your seat and be presented with a pin that you may ask one of your guests to pin on you. Please remain standing until you are asked to be seated. Your other guests remain seated.
A personalized certificate recognizing your achievements will be available in the lobby of Rockwell Hall following Honors Convocation. Students who do not attend the ceremony are welcome to pick up their certificates in the Academic Affairs Office, Cleveland Hall 519 during regular office hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
General parking will be available in any of the student or faculty parking lots that day. Rockwell Hall parking lot I-30 has been reserved for persons with disabilities or special needs. Parking is also available in the Burchfield Penney Art Center parking lot. Please do not park in fire lanes, driveways, or parking reserved for persons with disabilities (unless authorized).
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