May 16, 2018, 10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Simulcast | Announcements | Tickets | Day-of Logistics | GS Reception

It is during Commencement that each student's degree is officially conferred. All of Columbia’s 19 schools participate in this event, and more than 30,000 graduates and their guests are expected to attend.

The Commencement speaker is traditionally the University President, and the ceremony includes awards to honorary degree recipients and outstanding Columbia professors. If it rains, Commencement will still be held outside; umbrellas are permitted.


The ceremony will be webcast live, as well as archived, on the webcast page of the Columbia Commencement website.

Registration and Tickets

While tickets are not required for graduates, online registration is required to participate in University Commencement. Guest tickets, which are electronic, must also be requested online.

Registration is now live. Registration will close on Friday, May 4, 2018.

Detailed information about electronic ticket requests and distribution is available on the Commencement website.

Register and request guest tickets online at:

Graduation Announcements 

The Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University's student newspaper, will print personal congratulatory messages in its annual Commencement Issue. This issue will be printed 8,000 times and will be made available on campus at 6 a.m. on the morning of Commencement.

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Day-of Logistics

Line-up and Procession

Graduates must be wearing their caps and gowns and have their Columbia IDs in order to be admitted to campus on Commencement Day.

GS Graduates should enter campus through the Earl Hall Gate at 117th Street and Broadway. GS Graduates must assemble by 9 a.m. near the blue balloons in front of the SouthWest Corner of Low Library (in front of Earl Hall near Lewisohn Lawn); the procession begins at 9:20 a.m. More information is available on the Commencement website.


The GS graduating class will sit on Low Plaza near the Dodge steps with the four undergraduate schools. It is customary that each school waves something when that school is presented by its Dean; GS grads will be waving black and white racing flags.

More information is available on the Commencement website.

Disabilities Accommodations

The University Commencement website has detailed information about accommodations. For information about accommodations for Class Day, please see the Class Day page.

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GS-Specific Post-Commencement Reception

Grads and Guests: Open to all GS grads and their guests. No tickets required.

Students should plan in advance with their guests as to where to meet. Students may wish to meet their guests at the GS Lounge for the Post-Commencement Reception where they can celebrate with their families, academic advisors, and other GS administrators. Light refreshments will be served.

Additional questions?

Contact the University Commencement Office with any further questions or concerns.

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