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Celebratory Events

Many events will take place in the final months of a student's undergraduate or graduate career at Columbia. Some are for all graduates, and others are for subsets of graduates. Quick summaries are below to help with planning.

University Commencement & Class Day

All graduates are invited to participate in both University Commencement and their school's Class Day ceremony. University Commencement celebrates graduates from all Columbia University schools and affiliates. Each school dean will speak during the ceremony, and President Bollinger will confer degrees to the graduates from each school en masse. Tickets are required for guests, and the number available to each graduate will be set in the spring, once the total number of graduates is known.

Class Day is a school-specific ceremony. Attendees will enjoy remarks by the school's dean and other administrators, student leaders, and a keynote speaker. The ceremony will also include the presentation of awards and the reading of names. When a student's name is read aloud, he or she will cross the stage, shake hands with the school dean, and receive the class pin.

Academic Receptions

Columbia College Awards and Prizes Ceremony and Reception*
May 18, 2:30 p.m., Faculty House, Third Floor, 64 Morningside Drive, New York
 
Columbia College Phi Beta Kappa Reception and Induction Ceremony*
May 18, 3:30 p.m., Faculty House Presidential Ballroom, Third Floor, 64 Morningside Drive, New York
 
*By invitation

Department Receptions

Hosted for the students by their academic department, these events typically take place in the days leading up to University Commencement and immediately following University Commencement. Please contact the department directly for details.

Columbia College Department Receptions

This list is not representative of all department receptions. If you do not see your department listed, please reach out to directly to department administrators for information.

African-​American Studies
5/18/16
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Faculty House

American Studies
5/17/16
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Hamilton Hall 317

Architecture
5/17/16
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
McCagg Gallery, Diana Center 4th Floor

Astronomy
5/17/16
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Pupin Hall, 8th Floor

Biological Sciences
5/17/16
1:00 p.m.
Havemeyer Hall, 7th Floor Lounge

Chemistry
5/17/16
1:00 p.m.
Havemeyer Hall, 7th Floor Lounge

Classics
5/18/16
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hamilton Hall 617

Comparative Literature and Society
5/17/16
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Deutsches Haus, 420 W. 116th St.

Computer Science
5/17/16
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Pulitzer Hall

Creative Writing
5/16/16
1:30 p.m.
Heidi Julavits's apt.

Drama and Theatre Arts
4/29/16
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Milbanks 229

Earth and Environmental Sciences
5/17/16
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Schermerhorn 603

East Asian Languages and Cultures
5/17/16
12:30 p.m.
Kent Hall 403

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
5/18/16
8:00 a.m.
Schermerhorn Extension, 10th Floor

English and Comparative Literature
5/17/16
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Philosophy Hall, 6th Floor

Ethnicity and Race Studies
5/17/16
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
420 Hamilton

Film Studies
5/17/16
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Dodge 508

Germanic Languages
5/17/16
Immediately following Class Day
Hamilton Hall 417

History
5/17/16
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
East Gallery, Buell Hall

Mathematics
5/17/16
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
508 Math

Medicine, Literature, and Society
5/17/16
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Deutsches Haus, 420 W. 116th St.

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
5/18/16
12:30 p.m.
403 Knox Hall

Music
5/18/16
Noon
6th Floor Dodge Hall

Philosophy
5/18/16
12:30 p.m.
Philosophy Hall, 7th Floor

Physics
5/17/16
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Pupin Hall, 8th Floor

Political Science
5/17/16
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lindsay Rogers Room, 707 IAB

Psychology
5/17/16
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Schermerhorn Hall, 3rd Floor Rotunda

Slavic Languages
5/18/16
Immediately following University  Commencement
709 Hamilton Hall

Sociology
5/16/16
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
UTS Courtyard

Sustainable Development
5/18/16
12:30 p.m.
Faculty House

Columbia Engineering Department Receptions

This list is not representative of all department receptions. If you do not see your department listed, please reach out to directly to department administrators for information.

Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
5/18/16
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
200 Mudd

Biomedical Engineering
5/18/16
12:00 p.m. (Will begin after Commencement ends)
750 CEPSR

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
5/18/16
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
610 SW Mudd

Data Science Institute
Graduate students only
5/18/16
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Date Science Institute, Mudd 4th Floor

Electrical Engineering
5/18/16
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
1300 Mudd

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
5/18/16
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
IEOR Departmental Suite

Senior Year Events

Seniors are also encouraged to attend Baccalaureate, an interfaith service celebrating the completion of each undergraduate’s academic career. Other events for these undergraduates typically include the following.

Senior Dinner

The deans of Columbia Engineering and Columbia College host a festive dinner every spring for the graduating undergraduate students of each school. These dinners, shared with classmates and select faculty, are an opportunity to look back at the time spent at Columbia, reminisce about shared experiences, and celebrate all that has been accomplished. At each event, Dean James J. Valentini or Dean Mary C. Boyce and alumni leaders will offer their congratulations and toast to your future. Cocktail attire is requested. Registration required.

Senior Week

All graduating Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, and General Studies students are invited to participate in this series of events, planned by senior representatives from these schools.

Senior Week 2016 presents the details for the third and final event:
 
Friday, May 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Diana Center on Barnard's campus
Cost: FREE
 
Ever wanted to take pictures on the Diana Roof, attend a concert in the Event Oval, and generally take over the Diana Center? Come out to this free event with your friends to enjoy some savory hor d'oeuvres, sweets, and music. Throughout the building we will have food, beverages, entertainment, and photo-ops. No need to RSVP or hold aside tickets, just come on over and help us celebrate!

Graduate Student Affairs

Graduate Columbia Engineering students will receive additional information from Graduate Student Affairs.

 

Commencement Countdown

until graduation!

2016 Ceremony Dates & Times

Engineering Class Day (SEAS)
Monday, May 16, 2016
5:00–7:30 p.m.

Columbia College Class Day
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

University Commencement
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Procession begins at 9:30 a.m.