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Schedule of Ceremonies

Baccalaureate Service

The Baccalaureate Service is an interfaith service celebrating the completion of each undergraduate’s academic career. This ceremony features a procession that includes undergraduate degree candidates from Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of General Studies, and Barnard College. Service highlights include hymns, musical selections, readings, reflections, and speeches by students, including a Senior Reflection and a Family Tribute.

Sunday, May 17, 2015
St. Paul's Chapel, Morningside Campus
9:30 a.m.; seating begins at 8:30 a.m.

Students are encouraged to register if they wish participate. Tickets are not required for admission.

Caps and gowns are required for students attending.

Class Day

The Columbia Engineering and Columbia College Class Day ceremonies are school-specific events. In each of these ceremonies, individual students are recognized for their achievements. As their names are read, graduates process across the stage and are photographed.

Tickets are not required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating will begin approximately one (1) hour before each ceremony's scheduled start time. Seating areas will be tented to shield guests from the elements; however, we encourage guests to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. The ceremonies will take place outdoors rain or shine.

Entry gates are specific to each ceremony and are noted below. For either ceremony, guests with disabilities should enter campus via the accessible gates at 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. See the disability access map for more information.

Columbia Engineering Class Day

Monday, May 18, 2015
South Lawns, Morningside Campus
5:00–7:30 p.m.

Columbia College Class Day

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
South Lawns, Morningside Campus
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

University Commencement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Morningside Campus
10:30 a.m.*–12:00 p.m.

*The degree candidate procession begins at 9:30 a.m. Gates and seating will open to ticket holders at 8:30 a.m.

Commencement is the University-wide event celebrating graduates of all Columbia schools and its affiliates. The ceremony begins with the academic procession and includes the awarding of honorary degrees, the President's address to graduates, and the conferring of degrees by school.


University Commencement is restricted to ticketed guests. Entry gates for general admission are on West 114th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Guests with disabilities should utilize the accessible gates on Amsterdam Avenue (at both 115th Street and 116th Street). General admission tickets may be used to enter disability seating areas.


Seats are not assigned and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating areas are not tented, and we encourage guests to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Commencement will take place outdoors, rain or shine, but there is an indoor viewing location in the Levien Gymnasium of the Dodge Fitness Center that can be accessed with general admission tickets.


The night of University Commencement, beginning at dusk, the spire of the Empire State Building will be blue and white in honor of Columbia’s graduates!


More information can be found on the Commencement Week website. If you have questions, please send an email to the Commencement planning team.



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