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GradZone: News & Information for Columbia Families

In This Newsletter

  • Graduation: An App For That
  • Schedule of Ceremonies
  • Commencement Ticket Information
  • Restaurants & Entertainment
  • Columbia College Keynote Speaker
  • Columbia Engineering Keynote Speaker
  • Day-of-Ceremony Instructions
  • Disability Seating
  • CU Senior Week
  • Columbia Yearbook
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Graduation: An App For That

Check out the Columbia University Commencement Week 2014 mobile app for essential on-the-go Class Day and Commencement details. You can easily preview ceremony schedules, understand campus access, view maps, and keep track of important details.

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News & Announcements

Schedule of Ceremonies

As you finalize your plans to visit Columbia in May, please refer to our Schedule of Ceremonies for information about start and end times.

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Commencement Ticket Information

Remind your CC/SEAS senior to register for Commencement tickets by Friday, April 11, 2014. Students may register for up to 4 tickets, which must be claimed in-person during one of the distribution events. Guests should make plans to collect tickets from their student prior to Commencement.

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Restaurants & Entertainment

NYC is the restaurant capital of the world and graduation week is a fine time to explore our exciting culinary scene. GradZone is here to help with reservation information and a listing of NYC cultural happenings. Bon appétit!

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Columbia College Keynote Speaker

Acclaimed actor and screenwriter Dan Futterman CC ’89, known for his screenplay of the award-winning film Capote (2005), will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Columbia College Class Day ceremony.

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Columbia Engineering Keynote Speaker

Columbia Engineering students have selected but not yet revealed the keynote speaker for their Class Day ceremony. Follow us on Facebook for notification.

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Day-of-Ceremony Instructions

Our next newsletter will feature "day-of" instructions to help you and your family become fully oriented to Class Day and Commencement. Please let us know if you have any questions--we will include answers and helpful tips to ensure you have a memorable visit!

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Disability Seating

We are committed to making the Columbia University Commencement Week events accessible to all guests. Learn how to take advantage of services for guests with limited mobility or hearing/visual disabilities.

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CU Senior Week

Senior Week sponsors a series of events for graduating BC, CC, GS, and SEAS seniors. Check out the great events and encourage your student to attend.

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Columbia Yearbook

The Columbian is the official yearbook of Columbia and is filled with traditions, events, senior portraits, Commencement, sports, and Morningside Heights memories. Online ordering and congratulatory ads are available.

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Upcoming Events

May
19
Columbia Engineering Class Day (5:00 p.m.)
May
20
Columbia College Class Day (9:30 a.m)
May
21
Columbia University Commencement (9:30 a.m. Procession, 10:30 a.m. Ceremony)

Important Dates

May
5
Last Day of Spring 2014 Classes
May
9
Final Exams begin
May
16
Final Exams conclude
May
22
Residence Halls Close at 12:00 p.m. (graduating seniors)

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