Columbia College | Columbia Engineering

Families & Guests

We look forward to welcoming you, the parents and family members of students graduating from Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, to Columbia University this May to celebrate the successes of your student and participate in graduation festivities. GradZone is a comprehensive website designed to assist you with planning your trip to campus, understanding the many events, and ensuring that you and your family have all of the information you need to make memories that will last a lifetime. We invite you to explore the many resources listed under each category, from accommodations to ceremony webcasts.

Parents and families typically attend both Class Day and Commencement. Optional events include the Baccalaureate Service, Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies, and academic department receptions. While Class Day is an open event, University Commencement is a ticketed event. In the spring, your student will register to attend and request tickets for family members and guests (up to four (4) for undergraduates).

Your student will electronically share these tickets with you through email. We are not able to accept requests for additional tickets. However, Class Day and Commencement will be webcast live and archived online for family and friends unable to attend in-person.

We will send newsletters to parents of graduating seniors in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Keep your email address up-to-date with Columbia so we can keep you informed of all the latest news and information for the Class of 2016.

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.