Student Affairs

In This Newsletter

  • Remind Your Student to Pick Up Commencement Tickets May 8-9
  • Restaurant Reservations and Department Receptions
  • Disability Access for Class Day and Commencement
  • Robert Bakish, SEAS'85, BUS'89, Engineering Class Day Speaker
  • Terrence McNally, CC'60, College Class Day Speaker
  • Stay Tuned for the Next GradZone!
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Get ready for the excitement of Class Day and Commencement!

Dear Columbia Families,

With 14 days remaining before Columbia University's annual Commencement Ceremony, please review the following information carefully and speak with your graduating student to ensure that you and your entire family have a memorable graduation experience.

I look forward to celebrating with you soon, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions in the meantime.

Sincerely,

Matthew Patashnick
Director of Parent and Family Programs

News & Announcements

Remind Your Student to Pick Up Commencement Tickets May 8-9

Students who registered to participate in Commencement and have requested guest tickets will need to pick these up during our ticket distribution events on May 8 and 9.

If your student is no longer on campus …

Restaurant Reservations and Department Receptions

Many departments will host events for students and their families during Commencement Week. Check with your soon-to-be graduate to find out what his or her department has planned.

If no department reception follows Class Day or Commencement, you may wish to ask your son or daughter about favorite …

Disability Access for Class Day and Commencement

Guests with disabilities should enter campus via the 116th Street gates (see the campus accessibility map) at Amsterdam Avenue. Event hosts stationed at these gates will be available to assist guests with seating. A wheelchair …

Robert Bakish, SEAS'85, BUS'89, Engineering Class Day Speaker

Robert Bakish, who earned his BS from the Engineering School in operations research in 1985 and his MBA from the Business School in 1989, was named president and chief executive officer of Viacom International Media …

Terrence McNally, CC'60, College Class Day Speaker

Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally CC’60, one of the American theater’s most acclaimed writers, will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 Columbia College …

Stay Tuned for the Next GradZone!

It will be full of logistics and specifics, including what to bring to Class Day and Commencement, how to find your student in the procession, what the photographers will capture and your best photo opportunities after the ceremony, and the best places to meet afterward. GradZone has you covered!

 

Upcoming Events

May
8
Lavender Graduation, 1:00 p.m.
May
19
Baccalaureate Service, 9:30 a.m.
May
19
Latino Graduation, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
May
19
Black Graduation, 6:30 p.m.
May
20
SEAS Class Day, 5:00 p.m.
May
21
Columbia College Class Day, 9:30 a.m.
May
22
University Commencement Ceremony, 10:30 a.m.
May
22
Native Graduation, 2:00 p.m.

Important Dates

May
8
Commencement Ticket Distribution Event (Remind Your Senior!)
May
9
Commencement Ticket Distribution Event (Remind Your Senior!)
May
23
Seniors move out by 12:00 p.m. (noon)