Travel to New York City

Staying Connected

For information on traveling to New York City, visit the Columbia University Travel Portal.

On-Campus Accommodations

Guests and grads can find information about on-campus accommodations on the Commencement website

International Guests

For guests who live outside of the United States and need proof of a student's graduation in order to receive permission to visit, an official letter confirming student status and graduation date may be provided.

Graduates may request a visa letter using the Visa Letter Request form. Please allow a minimum of one week for these letters to be completed. Two original copies per graduate will be provided unless requested otherwise. Signed letters will not be mailed and must be picked up in person in the Office of the Dean of Students.

Graduates should email with any questions about completing the form.

Directions and Parking

For directions and information on parking during Commencement week, please see the Parking and Transportation page on the University website.

Seating and Entrances

Guests should enter the Morningside Campus through the 116th Street and Broadway gates and make their way to the tented area below College Walk (116th Street). 

Class Day seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not possible. Every seat offers a clear, unobstructed view of the stage. Seating will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Disability Seating and Entrances

Guests with disabilities should arrive by 7:15 a.m. and enter campus at 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. An usher will assist guests. Information about Class Day disability accommodations can be found here. Please visit the Commencement website for information about accommodations for the Commencement Ceremony.

Stroller Parking

A staffed stroller parking and storage area will be available to guests with strollers.


Families and friends are welcome to photograph and videotape the ceremony as long as it does not inconvenience other guests. Guests are not allowed in the graduate or stage sections.


The ceremony will be webcast live, as well as archived, on the Commencement website. Video recordings of the Class Day ceremony event will be available on Columbia University’s YouTube and iTunes U channels. Videos are expected to be up on YouTube and iTunes U 24-48 hours after the event concludes.