Student Affairs

In This Newsletter

  • Download the Commencement Week Mobile App
  • What to Wear to Class Day and Commencement
  • How to Find Your Student in the Procession
  • Photography During Class Day
  • Entering Campus for Class Day (May 20 & 21)
  • Entering Campus for Commencement (May 22)
  • Disability Access for Class Day and Commencement
  • Finding Your New Columbia Alumnus/a After the Ceremony
  • Live Webcasts for Class Day and Commencement
  • The Columbian Yearbook
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Here they come! The procession begins. (Class Day 2012)

Dear Columbia Families,

I hope you are excited for the joy and pageantry of the Class Day and Commencement ceremonies next week. Please carefully review the  following tips on how best to prepare for these events, and, as always, let me know how I can be of additional assistance. I look forward to celebrating with you soon.

Sincerely,

Matthew Patashnick
Director of Parent and Family Programs

News & Announcements

Download the Commencement Week Mobile App

Reference the Columbia University Commencement Week 2013 mobile app for essential on-the-go Commencement Week information. Find the most up-to-date information as you participate in events: check ceremony schedules, understand campus access, find restrooms and water stations, view maps, and keep track …

What to Wear to Class Day and Commencement

Although you may want to look your best for these momentous occasions, do consider the amount of walking you will be doing and the weather forecast. Both ceremonies will take place rain or shine. The seating areas for Class Day ceremonies will be tented, while the Commencement

How to Find Your Student in the Procession

Although student names are alphabetized in the printed program provided for Class Day, students do not cross the stage in this order. If possible, ask your student to text you as he or she stands and enters the queue to process across the stage, or keep your eyes on the line just before the stage.

Photography During Class Day

Although it is tempting, we ask that you not stand and block others while taking photos of your graduate. We have arranged for professional photographers to capture images of your son or daughter approaching the stage and shaking hands with the deans and President Bollinger while on the stage. You …

Entering Campus for Class Day (May 20 & 21)

Seating for Class Day will begin an hour before the event starts, 4:00 p.m. on May 20 for Columbia Engineering Class Day and 8:30 a.m. on May 21 for Columbia College Class day.

Family and friends of the graduates should plan to queue up and enter campus at the corner of 115th and Broadway …

Entering Campus for Commencement (May 22)

Be sure your graduating senior hands you your tickets to Commencement before Tuesday evening since you’ll be using separate entrances to enter campus that morning.

Family and friends with general admission tickets should use the entrance at 114th Street and Broadway on Commencement day. …

Disability Access for Class Day and Commencement

Guests with disabilities, those have limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance, and those needing sign language interpretation should enter campus via the 116th Street gates at Amsterdam Avenue. (See the campus accessibility

Finding Your New Columbia Alumnus/a After the Ceremony

Look for the graduate in the blue cap and gown. Just kidding!

Discuss and select with your graduating son or daughter a place to meet after each ceremony. With so many people on campus, cell phone reception may be spotty, and your calls and texts may not go through. Several campus landmarks …

Live Webcasts for Class Day and Commencement

Class Day and Commencement ceremonies will be available to watch live online. For details, check the

The Columbian Yearbook

For information on the yearbook and how to order, visit GradZone. If you have any questions, send the yearbook staff an email.

 

Upcoming Events

May
19
Baccalaureate Service, 9:30 a.m.
May
19
Latino Graduation, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
May
19
Black Graduation, 8:00 p.m.
May
20
Columbia Engineering 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
23
Seniors move out by 12:00 p.m. (noon)