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Senior Year Checklist

Congratulations, Class of 2016! Use this checklist to confirm that you are on track to graduate in May.

  • Confirm that you are on track to graduate with the proper amount of credits (124 credits for College students and 128 credits for Engineering students).
  • Meet with your academic department adviser to be cleared for graduating with your major or concentration.
  • Meet with your adviser from the James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising to confirm your eligibility to graduate.
  • Apply for your degree before December 1 to avoid any delays in receiving your diploma and to be considered for academic honors.
  • Update your contact information in SSOL, and double-check the spelling of your name. Information from SSOL will be used for both the Class Day program and for shipping your diploma!
  • Review your Degree Audit Report for accuracy in SSOL.
  • Confirm that all of your grades and/or incomplete grades from previous semesters are posted accurately and that you have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Pay the balances on all of your accounts, and ensure that no holds have been placed by checking SSOL.
  • Register for Commencement in the spring (date TBD) and request tickets (# TBD) for your guests if you plan to attend.
  • Visit the Center for Career Education (CCE) for help with your job search.
  • Complete the 2016 Graduating Student Survey, the purpose of which is to collect and report data on post-graduation outcomes. Survey results are also used by CCE to enhance programs and services.
  • All students whose financial aid packages include federal loans are required to complete an exit interview with Student Financial Services via SSOL.
  • Purchase your cap and gown from the bookstore and keep it in a safe place until graduation.
  • Register for your Alumni Association through the Columbia College Alumni Association or the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association.
  • Join the Alumni Representative Committee (ARC) to interview prospective Columbia students, represent Columbia at college fairs, and attend events for admitted students.
  • Discuss with your family and guests where you will meet them following Class Day and Commencement.
  • Be completely moved out of your on-campus residence by noon on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Visit Columbia Housing's spring check-out website for the detailed check-out procedure.
  • Look for your diploma in the mail! Diplomas for May 2016 graduates will be mailed after graduation to the “Diploma Address” on file in SSOL.

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.