Principal Graduation Events

Principal Graduation Events

GS Senior Portraits

Mon., March 10 and Tues., March 11

Graduating seniors are invited to take senior portraits free of charge with Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch.

To schedule an appointment, visit Prestige Portraits' website and enter school code 600, or call (800) 687-9327.

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

Class Day Registration and Graduation Survey

In preparation for General Studies Class Day and University Commencement, you are required to complete the Class Day Registration and Graduation Survey, also known as the Blue Card survey, by Tues., April 22 at 12 p.m. The survey is an opportunity for you to provide important information such as the correct pronunciation of your name for Class Day and 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

Wed., April 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
555 Lerner Hall

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

Come join fellow seniors and start the countdown to graduation. Pick up tickets for Commencement, partake of a champagne toast to 2014 graduates, make a donation to the Senior Class Fund, buy tickets for the Senior Class Dinner Cruise, purchase GS jewelry and clothing, and enter a drawing for an exquisite piece of GS jewelry exclusively designed by GS Grad Philip Ehrlich (designer of the Columbia 250th Anniversary pins and the GS Owl that stands proudly in the GS Lounge).

GS Senior/Alumni Networking Reception for the Class of 2014

Wed., May 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Alumni Center, 622 West 113th Street, New York, NY 10027

Celebrate your upcoming graduation at the Senior/Alumni Graduation Reception just for the Class of 2014! Mix and mingle with recent alumni, learn about the many opportunities to stay connected with the Columbia community, enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers, and have the chance to win several raffle prizes.

GS Class Day

Mon., May 19, 9 a.m.
Columbia University Morningside Campus, South Lawn

Grads: Academic regalia required; grads must report by 7:30 a.m. to Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall
Alumni: Academic regalia required.
Guests: Tickets are not required.

For detailed information, see the Class Day page.

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

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

Baccalaureate Service

Sun., May 18, 9:30 a.m.
St. Paul's Chapel

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

Registration: TBA

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, students from each of the undergraduate schools participate.

For more information, visit the University Commencement website.

Columbia 260th Commencement

Wed., May 21, 10:15 a.m.
Columbia University Morningside Campus

Academic regalia required; assemble in front of Lewisohn Hall (117th St. & Broadway entrance) by 9:00 a.m. Candidate procession begins at 9:30 a.m. and academic procession 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 your 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

Wed., May 21, 12-1 p.m.
308 Lewisohn Hall, GS Lounge

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

Here you may meet your advisors and deans, get your official Columbia alumni card, and arrange to meet your family after the Commencement ceremony. Diplomas for May 2014 graduates 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 2013 and February 2014 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.