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Columbia Engineering Senior Class Events

With less than a month to go until Class Day, we grow more excited by the day to celebrate your remarkable achievement in graduating from Columbia Engineering. We know the pandemic has inhibited how we recognize this important milestone and we share your disappointment that we must forego many graduation traditions. However, we are excited to share some new ways in which we will bring our community together to honor all that you have accomplished.

Below you will find information about additional experiences we’ve planned for the days leading up to Class Day. All students are invited to join our new remote experiences. Due to capacity dictated by public health guidance, “limited, in-person” offerings are only open to students living on campus or locally, and who have complied with the Covid-19 spring term testing program. Non-compliant students can complete testing requirements by April 16; all students must show a Green Pass from the Reopen CU app at the event or will not be able to participate.


Virtual: Senior Toasts

Thursday, April 15 - Friday, April 16

Join Dean Boyce for a live, virtual toast to celebrate your final days as an Engineering student. 

  • Thursday, April 15, 6:00-6:30 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, April 16, 11:00-11:30 a.m. EDT

Limited, In-person: Hammers and Pins Distribution Event

Saturday, April 18

Graduating students who have been living on-campus or locally and who have complied with the spring term Covid-19 testing program are eligible to sign up to pick-up an inflatable hammer and alumni pin on campus. Engineering staff will schedule students in 15-minute time slots based on their time preferences indicated in the sign-up form. Due to public health guidelines, we will need to limit distribution to 12 students per 15-minute time slot.

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Limited, In-person: Grad Walk

Wednesday, April 28 (registration has closed)

Graduating students who have been living on-campus or locally and who have complied with the spring term Covid-19 testing program are eligible to sign up to have your photo taken in your regalia while crossing this year’s modified graduation stage. You will receive additional swag from the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association.

Eligible students will receive information to sign up for a 15-minute time slot. Up to 12 students may register for the same time slot and we encourage you to coordinate with other eligible friends to select the same time.


Virtual: Photo Booth

Monday, April 26 - Friday, April 30

If you’re not local and can’t make it to campus, an exciting Virtual Photo Booth will be available to all graduates beginning April 26 - April 30. Beginning on April 26, you'll be able to upload a picture of yourself and superimpose a cutout into iconic Columbia University images. Get started here and please share your pictures using #Roarlions2021

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Virtual and Live: Class Day Watch Gatherings

Thursday, April 29

Join fellow graduates to watch Class Day together, either virtually or on-campus (for eligible, local students) to enjoy viewing the pre-show and ceremony in community with members of your graduating class. We encourage you to join your gathering in full regalia, with festive backgrounds and other celebratory props that will add to the atmosphere!

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Virtual: Class Day

Thursday, April 29

Invite your friends and family and tune in to virtual Class Day, the graduation ceremony celebrating your Columbia Engineering class. The ceremony includes the reading of your name and display of your individual student slide along with the presentation of awards to individual students for outstanding achievements. Enjoy fun, celebratory messages in a pre-show before hearing remarks from President Bollinger, Dean Boyce, alumni keynote speaker Rocco B. Commisso SEAS'71, BUS'75 and student leaders.

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Virtual: University Commencement

Friday, April 30

In a University-wide ceremony that dates back to 1758, the President of the University will grant degrees en masse to graduating students from eighteen schools, colleges and affiliate institutions. You’ll hear remarks from President Bollinger and others. At the conclusion of the ceremony, you are officially a Columbia graduate!


Depending on where you are, please choose the appropriate form to sign up and indicate your interest in the new Class Day celebrations:

Students who are remote: SIGN UP NOW!

Students who have been living on-campus or locally, and who have complied with the Covid-19 spring testing program: SIGN UP NOW!


Countdown to Graduation

We look forward to celebrating the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Class of 2021!

The College's Class Day ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 28, followed by Engineering's ceremony on Thursday, April 29.

Learn more about this year's ceremonies and celebrations.