Columbia College | Columbia Engineering

Families & Guests

Use this checklist to plan your graduation celebration!

Get Ready to Join in the Virtual Celebration


  • Familiarize yourself with the virtual Class Day and University Commencement ceremonies. Note that individual graduate recognition happens at Class Day.

  • Share the links to the virtual Class Day and University Commencement ceremonies (below) with family and friends. Wherever your loved ones are in the world, they will be able to tune in to celebrate your graduate! A recording of the Class Day and University Commencement ceremonies will also be available for later viewing on the virtual ceremony website.

  • Want to give a shout out to your graduate as they embark on this new chapter, send well wishes or let them know how proud you are of them? Use the hashtag #CC20STILLROARS for Columbia College or #SEASTHEWORLD2020 for Engineering in your messages. Posts will appear on the school’s social media channel and on the broadcast page for the Class Day ceremony.

  • Gifts, congratulatory ads and personal announcements are still available to order online.

  • Add the events to your calendar, and don’t forget to take into account any time difference!

Celebrate #TogetherAtHome

Although we may be separated by distance, this momentous occasion brings us together in spirit. Join the global Columbia Family in congratulating the Class of 2020. Each celebration will look different, so we’ve provided a few suggestions below for whatever your circumstances may be.

  • Consider preparing a special meal, surprising your grad with a gift or decorating your home in Columbia blue.

  • The more the merrier! Gather friends, relatives and pets online via video call to commemorate the occasion.

  • Queue up a graduation playlist on a music streaming service or make your own personal playlist, with New York, New York, Empire State of Mind and other Class Day classics.

  • Sing along to Columbia’s Fight Song, Roar, Lion, Roar.

  • Following University Commencement on Wednesday, May 20, be sure to check out the Empire State Building’s live feed to see it illuminated in Columbia blue in honor of your graduate!

Countdown to Graduation

until Degree Conferral