Principal Graduation Events

Principal Graduation Events

GS Senior Portraits

Graduating seniors are invited to take senior portraits free of charge with Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch. To schedule an appointment, visit the Prestige Portraits website and enter school code 600.

Students will receive information on preparing for the portrait sitting upon registration.

Graduation Fair |Columbia University Bookstore

The Graduation Fair will be held in March at the Columbia University Morningside Campus Bookstore. At the fair, graduates will be able to order academic attire, graduation announcements, class rings, and diploma frames. 2016 bachelor's caps, gowns, and tassels costs are TBD.

Class Day Registration and Graduation Survey

In preparation for General Studies Class Day and University Commencement, students are required to complete the Class Day Registration and Graduation Survey, also known as the Blue Card survey. The survey is an opportunity for students to provide important information such as the correct pronunciation of their name for Class Day, as well as after-graduation contact information and plans.

The survey takes about five minutes to complete. Graduation packets cannot be released until the Class Day Registration and Graduation Survey has been completed.

Graduation Kick-Off Event

Open only to those who have applied for May or October graduation and February graduates.

Join fellow seniors and start the countdown to graduation. Make a donation to the Senior Class Fund, learn about all of the upcoming activities for graduating seniors, purchase GS jewelry and clothing, and much more.

GS Senior-Alumni Graduation Reception

Celebrate your upcoming graduation at the Senior/Alumni Graduation Reception. Mingle with recent alumni, learn about the many opportunities to stay connected with the Columbia community, enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers, and enter to win several raffle prizes.


GS Class Day

South Lawn

Presentation of degree candidates to the president and assembled faculty and guests. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held until noon.  Full information.

All alumni are invited to attend the Class Day ceremony. For more information, please contact

Baccalaureate Service

St. Paul's Chapel

Grads: Academic regalia required.
Guests: Families and friends of degree candidates are welcome. No tickets required.

The Baccalaureate Service is an interfaith, intercultural service celebrating the completion of each undergraduate's academic career, and is the opening event of Commencement week. The service is prepared and coordinated by the Office of the University Chaplain; the chaplain, president, and deans preside, and students from each of the undergraduate schools participate.

For more information, visit the University Commencement website.

Columbia 262st Commencement

Columbia University Morningside Campus

Academic regalia required; assemble in front of Lewisohn Hall (117th Street & Broadway entrance) by 9 a.m. Candidate procession begins at 9:30 a.m. and academic procession begins at 10:30 a.m.

Guests: Tickets required. Gates to campus open at 8:30 a.m. to ticket holders.

For detailed information, see the Commencement page.

It is during the Commencement ceremony that each graduate's degree is officially conferred. All of Columbia’s 17 schools participate in this event. The Commencement speaker is traditionally the president of Columbia. The ceremony includes awards to honorary degree recipients and outstanding Columbia teachers. If it rains, Commencement still takes place outside.

GS Post-Commencement Reception

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

Here students may meet with their advisors and deans, get their official Columbia alumni card, and arrange to meet their guests after the Commencement ceremony. Diplomas may not be picked up at this event; they will be mailed to graduates within three weeks of University Commencement. Graduates are advised to confirm their Diploma Address in SSOL prior to Commencement.

October and February  graduates will have received their diplomas in the mail up to two months following their graduation dates. Graduates from these dates who have not received their diploma should visit the Diploma Division in 205 Kent Hall to inquire further.