Online Application is Down

Thank you for your interest in Erie Community College. Due to system upgrades, the online application will be down Wednesday, June 28, 2017. You can apply for the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 semesters by completing the paper application and emailing it to or fax it to (716) 270-2961. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Admissions at (716) 851-1455. Thank you in advance for your patience!


  • 2017 Commencement

    Date: May 17, 2017  
    Location: Buffalo State College Sports Arena on 1300 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo (Please use the Grant Street entrance.)
    Streaming: Live Online
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Who: Any student that has applied for graduation for September 2016, January 2017 or May 2017.

    Cap and Gown

    Graduates, who had indicated on their application that they would be attending Commencement, will be able to pick up their caps and gowns previous to the ceremony at each of the campus bookstores one week previous to the graduation ceremony. Please have your ID with you.

    You may wish to bring pins to secure your robe or hat. These will not be supplied. Your mortarboard is worn square on your head, parallel to the ceiling. The tassel should be to the right. Male candidates are to remove caps during the National Anthem.


    Directions to Buffalo State College
    Campus Map of Buffalo State College
    Commencement Ceremony Map

    General Information for Graduates

    • Graduates should arrive around 6 p.m. Doors open approximately at 5:45 p.m.
    • Graduates should report to the dressing room for robing.
    • Directions for the processional will be outlined by the organizers of the graduates while in the dressing room.
    • Parking information to be announced.

    Invitations and Admissions Tickets

    Each graduate will receive four invitations (these are for remembrances and keepsakes) and three admissions tickets. The admissions tickets are for your guests to enter the commencement facility. Tickets will be collected at the door. Because of space limitations, we are not able to honor additional requests for tickets.

    Photography and taking photos

    During the ceremony, a photographer will be taking photographs of each graduate as they receive their diploma cover. The proofs will be sent to each graduate who fill out an address card. These can be purchased from the company following receipt of the proof.

    Grad Images
    3490 Martin Hurst Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32312
    1-800- 628-4509 or


    To purchase commencement flowers in advance, please visit Commencement Flowers. Orders will be delivered to the commencement site. Bouquets of flowers and a variety of alumni merchandise will also be available for sale the evening of Commencement in the foyer. Items will vary.


    Graduates with disabilities should contact the Dean of Students at their respective campus for special arrangements.


    After certification by their Academic Department, May graduates will receive their diplomas during the summer. Please notify the Registrar's office if your current address is different than the address on the application for graduation. If there is a problem with your certification you will be notified.

    Honors Designations

    Gold Tassels - signifies graduation with high distinction (GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0)
    Gold Braiding - signifies graduation from the Honors Program (A sequence of courses taught with additional requirements)
    Gold Stoles - signifies membership in Phi Theta Kappa, a national co-ed honor society
    Red, White and Blue Braids - signifies graduates and faculty who have or are currently serving in the United States Military

  • Need Help?


    City Campus
    Student Support Center
    Room O102A
    45 Oak Street
    P: (716) 851-1166
    F: (716) 851-1170
    Monday - Friday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    North Campus
    Room S144
    P: (716) 851-1466
    F: (716) 851-1235
    Monday - Friday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    South Campus
    Room 5222
    P: (716) 851-1666
    F: (716) 851-1670
    Monday - Friday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.