In This Newsletter

  • Commencement Ticket Allotment
  • Parent and Family Programs: Here to Help
  • Top 2 Differences Between Class Day & Commencement
  • Accommodations & Travel
  • Disability Services
  • International Families Visiting the United States
  • Important Dates

Graduates in Low Memorial Plaza in May 2012

Commencement Ticket Allotment

Commencement is a tradition in which degrees are granted en masse to graduating students from eighteen schools, colleges, and affiliated institutions.

Each guest will need a ticket to enter campus on the morning of the ceremony. The impressive number of graduates, along with the spatial and security constraints of campus, necessitates a limit of tickets per student. Each graduating student may claim up to 4 tickets. Seating for the school-specific

News & Announcements

Parent and Family Programs: Here to Help

Dear Columbia Families,

In just a few short months, we will welcome you to campus to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2013 from Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. This is a very special time for your student and for you, and we look forward …

Top 2 Differences Between Class Day & Commencement

1. Class Day is a school ceremony, where students' names are called and they walk across the stage. Commencement is an event for students from all schools, and no individuals are recognized.

2. Although tickets are required for guests at Commencement, no tickets are needed for Class

Accommodations & Travel

Hotels throughout Manhattan, the boroughs, and the tri-state area are easily accessible to campus via public transportation. With fewer than 90 days until Class Day and many graduations taking place in the area, it is important to secure your

Disability Services

We are committed to making the Columbia University Commencement Week events accessible to all guests. The Office of Disability Services coordinates this effort for all ceremonies, and information

International Families Visiting the United States

If you are travelling to the United States for Class Day and Commencement and need a written invitation for travel documents or visas, please have your student contact his or her advising dean in the Center for Student Advising …


Important Dates

Seniors apply for the degree by this date to have their name appear in the program
Baccalaureate Service, 9:30 a.m.
SEAS Class Day, 5:00 p.m.
Columbia College Class Day, 9:30 a.m.
University Commencement Ceremony, 10:30 a.m.
Seniors move out by 12:00 p.m. (noon)