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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 is set in the spring, once the total number of graduates is known. For the ceremony in May 2017, undergraduates may bring up to four (4) guests; graduate students may bring up to three (3) guests.

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 a class pin.

Columbia Engineering Class Day

Columbia College Class Day

University Commencement

When is it? Columbia Engineering Class Day 
Monday, May 15, 2017
5:00–7:30 p.m.

When is it? Columbia College Class Day
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

When is it? University Commencement
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Procession begins at 9:30 a.m.

Who goes? All SEAS students eligible to graduate and their guests Who goes? All CC students eligible to graduate and their guests Who goes? All eligible graduating students from across the University and a limited number of guests: undergraduates may bring up to four (4); graduate students may bring up to three (3)
What happens? In addition to speeches, award presentations, and performances, graduates process across the stage, are photographed, and receive their class pins as their names are read. What happens? In addition to speeches, award presentations, and performances, graduates process across the stage, are photographed, and receive their class pins as their names are read. What happens? In addition to speeches and the presentation of honorary degrees, graduates will stand as a group when their school is recognized.
Where is it? The event takes place on the South Lawns of the Morningside Heights campus. Graduates will be seated on Butler Lawn with guests seated on the lawns to either side. Where is it? The event takes place on the South Lawns of the Morningside Heights campus. Graduates will be seated on Butler Lawn with guests seated on the lawns to either side.  Where is it? The event covers all open areas of the lower Morningside Heights campus, with graduates on Low Plaza and guests on the lawns.
How do graduates register to attend? After Spring Break, Columbia Engineering will send a registration link to October 2016 and February 2017 graduates, students who have applied to graduate in May 2017, and undergraduate students who have made special arrangements with their adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising. How do graduates register to attend? After Spring Break, Columbia College will send a registration link to October 2016 and February 2017 graduates, students who have applied to graduate in May 2017, and students who have made special arrangements with their adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising. How do graduates register to attend? After Spring Break, Columbia University will send a registration link to October 2016 and February 2017 graduates, students who have applied to graduate in May 2017, and undergraduate students who have made special arrangements with their adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising.
Do guests need tickets? No, tickets are not required for your guests. Do guests need tickets? No, tickets are not required for your guests. Do guests need tickets? Yes, eligible undergraduates may request up to four (4) tickets for their guests; graduate students may request up to three (3) tickets for their guests. Please note that extra tickets are not available.
How do graduates get tickets? Tickets are not required for guests. How do graduates get tickets? Tickets are not required for guests. How do graduates get tickets? Columbia University will send eligible students an email with a link to register and request guest tickets. Students should confirm their ticket quantity before completing the registration; orders cannot be changed after completion.

 

Academic Receptions

Columbia College Awards and Prizes Ceremony and Reception*
TBD
 
Columbia College Phi Beta Kappa Reception and Induction Ceremony*
TBD
 
*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.

Events will be listed in the spring semester.

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.

Events will be listed in the spring semester.

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.

Events will be listed in the spring semester.

Graduate Student Affairs

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

 

Commencement Countdown

until graduation!

2017 Ceremony Dates & Times

Engineering Class Day (SEAS)
Monday, May 15, 2017
5:00–7:30 p.m.

Columbia College Class Day
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

University Commencement
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Procession begins at 9:30 a.m.