Commencement 2018

Commencement will be held on Friday May 18, 2018

At Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

1:00 p.m. Graduate Student Ceremony

Graduate Ceremony Speaker:
Nicholas Sinatra
CEO, Sinatra and Company Real Estate

Honorary Degree Recipient: Doctor of Humane Letters
Victoria Ross
Executive Director of the WNY Peace Center

7:00 p.m. Undergraduate Student Ceremony

Undergraduate Ceremony Speaker:
Cheryl Perry Colvin, M.D.
Emergency Medicine Physician

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for reviewing and conferring degrees and for printing diplomas.

All students MUST apply for graduation through MedailleOne. Failure to do so by the published deadline (March 1, 2018) could result in a delay of diploma and/or graduation conferral date.  View graduation application instructions

If you do not apply, we will not know you are ready to graduate and will not review your program or confer your degree.

Certificate Students

Students applying for a certificate, will follow the same process of applying for graduation as degree seeking students. The fee for applying for a certificate is $10.00.  View certificate application instructions


Diplomas are mailed out approximately four to six weeks after each conferral date.

Diplomas are mailed to the address indicated on each graduate's graduation application. If your address changes between the time you apply for graduation and when your degree is conferred, please contact the Registrar's Office immediately so that your diploma is mailed to the right place.

  • Diplomas will be mailed once all financial, academic, and student affairs holds are resolved

Should your diploma arrive damaged, contact the Registrar's Office immediately.

Students who have lost their diploma may order a replacement. Medaille College does not issue "extra" diplomas. We will only issue a replacement if the diploma is lost, damaged, or stolen. Please use the Diploma Reorder Form to request a replacement.

Commencement Ceremony

Medaille College's annual commencement ceremony is a time for celebration and recognition of accomplishment. It is held in May of each year.

Students who graduated within the past year are eligible to participate. Also, students who are within six credits of degree completion and who have applied for August conferral are eligible to participate. Students must have an active graduation application to participate. All students who intend to participate in their graduation ceremony must wear the appropriate academic regalia.

Commencement Documents and Information

Ticket orders can be placed by graduating students only through the Eventbrite website which will be available April 18 - May 18. There will not be a charge for ordering guest tickets.

Students who applied for graduation will receive an email invitation from Medaille College to allow the applicant to order and print up to 8 tickets.

Please note this invitation will be sent to Medaille email accounts only.

Tickets are required for all guests attending the ceremony and will be scanned for verification prior to entry at Kleinhans Music Hall. No admission ticket is required for graduates.

If you need extra tickets*, please submit the following information to

  • Student Name
  • Student ID
  • Program
  • Number of extra tickets needed

*Extra ticket requests will be reviewed after May 1st

Need more information about graduation?

Please contact the Registrar's Office @ 880-2365 or at



Founded by Nicholas Sinatra in 2009, Sinatra and Company Real Estate is an investment firm focused on Western New York and Chicagoland distressed multi-family and retail real estate. 

In 2012, Mr. Sinatra expanded his footprint into California as the founding partner of American Residential Partners, the precursor to American Coastal Properties.  American Coastal Properties is the boutique residential real estate investment firm that specializes in repositioning properties in coastal California markets.  In total, Sinatra & Company Real Estate and its affiliates have $330 million in assets under management with over 1.5 million square feet of real estate in upstate New York, Chicago, and Southern California.

Sinatra & Company Real Estate is different from other real estate firms; it takes a fresh approach to evaluate opportunities. Since its founding, Mr. Sinatra has assembled a team of highly motivated individuals who share his vision and passion to reclaim Buffalo, NY as the world-class city it was destined to be. The company believes in people beyond profits and it believes in rebuilding neighborhoods as sustainable investment platforms that raise up a city and therefore provide maximum return and social satisfaction to its investors. The company is expanding rapidly; acquiring hundreds of thousands of square feet in apartment units and commercial square footage on an annual basis. As such, Sinatra & Company has solidified itself as not only the hottest real estate firm in WNY but also one of Buffalo’s fastest growing businesses.

Prior to founding Sinatra & Company Real Estate, Nick Sinatra served as Associate Political Director at the White House, where he managed President Bush’s Political Affairs in the Northeastern part of the United States. Before joining the Bush administration in April 2005, Mr. Sinatra worked in Governor George Pataki’s economic development agency in Buffalo, NY, The Empire State Development Agency. He was involved in the development deal that brought Geico’s 2,300 job call center to Amherst, NY.

A graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in political science, Nick Sinatra also received his MBA with a concentration in Real Estate Finance at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Doctor of Humane Letters


Victoria Ross, Executive Director of the WNY Peace Center, is a social worker and peace activist. She provides Peaceful Conflict Resolution that emphasizes just solutions to problems in settings as diverse as in schools, on the street, in governmental offices, and/or in the community.

Ms. Ross often focuses on children and youth, co-facilitating PeaceJam Buffalo, and Camp Peaceprints.  She offers a variety of workshops for children, youth, and adults, that promotes  nonviolent direct action.

Ms. Ross was one of the “Hancock 38”, arrested over drones operated outside Syracuse. She is a frequent op-ed writer and interviewee, and also consults for the Interfaith Peace Network.

A qualified Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Master Social Worker, she has a Master of Social Work from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with a concentration in International Economic Development from Tufts University’s Fletcher School.  Her credentials also include a Diplôme from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

In her spare time, Ms. Ross also plays jazz (strings and keyboards), and uses yoga for dog whispering.

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Emergency Medicine Physician

Dr. Cheryl Perry Colvin is currently the Interim Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Cape Fear Valley Hospital located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cape Fear Valley Hospital is a Level 3 Trauma Center and is among the 50th busiest emergency departments in the nation.

Dr. Colvin grew up in Lackawanna, N.Y. and graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1986. She served eight years on active duty in the United States Air Force. While serving her country, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and graduated Cum Laude. In 2006, she graduated from East Carolina’s Brody School of Medicine. She returned to New York to complete her Emergency Residency in 2009. In 2010, she received her certificate from American Board of Emergency Medicine; in 2013 she was granted a Fellowship in Academy of Emergency Physicians. She continued her education at Methodist University, graduating with a Masters in Business Administration with a Concentration in Health Care. She was inducted into Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society. As a consummate health care professional, Dr. Colvin completed the Black Belt Lean Six Sigma Health Care training and anticipates certification in the near future.

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Office hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Call us at:
(716) 880-2365

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