GradZone: News & Information for Columbia Families

Dear Columbia families,

Earlier this week your student received an email with detailed instructions about registering for University Commencement and requesting guest tickets. Please remind your student to complete this important task by Friday, April 11, 2014. Tickets will be distributed directly to students at an upcoming event in April.

Each undergraduate student participating in University Commencement may request up to four (4) guest tickets. The impressive number of graduates, along with the spatial and security constraints of campus, necessitates a limit of tickets per student. As a reminder, tickets are not required for the Class Day celebrations in the days preceding University Commencement.

Visit our Gradzone website for answers to frequently asked questions, travel arrangements, gifts for graduates, and so much more. Additionally, now is the time purchase a copy of the 2014 Columbian Yearbook for your graduating senior. This one-of-a-kind keepsake will last a lifetime for your student as they cherish the moments from their college experience.

Important Dates:

  • Columbia Engineering Class Day: Monday, May 19, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Columbia College Class Day: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
  • Columbia University Commencement: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Residence halls close (for graduating seniors): Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.

Please let me know if you have any other questions – my colleagues in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering are here to help you and your family make the most of this important milestone.


Matthew Patashnick
Director of Parent & Family Programs
Columbia University
Email: | Phone: 212.854.2446