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Academic Regalia

Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required of all graduates participating in Baccalaureate Service, Class Day, and Commencement.


For bachelor's degree candidates, it is not necessary to pre-order academic regalia.

The Columbia University Bookstore will hold its annual Grad Fair March 8-10, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the basement of Lerner Hall. Students should make arrangements to purchase a cap and gown at the Grad Fair. Bookstore staff will be on-hand to assist with measurements and sizing.

Students who were unable to attend the Grad Fair may purchase a cap and gown by visiting the Bookstore during regular business hours.


The cost for a cap, gown, and tassle for a bachelor's degree candidate is $55 for May 2016. Graduates may keep their academic regalia as a souvenir. Students may qualify for financial assistance to cover the cost of a cap and gown. For more information, stop by the Office of Financial Aid on the 6th floor of Lerner Hall in early May to speak with an adviser.


If you have questions regarding the purchasing of academic regalia, please contact the Columbia University Bookstore directly by calling 212-854-4131.

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.