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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.

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.

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.

Graduate Student Affairs

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


Commencement Countdown

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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.