Guest entrance to University Commencement on May 16, 2018, is by ticket only. All guests over the age of three (3) will need a ticket to enter University Commencement, and graduating seniors from Columbia College and Columbia Engineering are eligible to request up to a certain number of tickets when they register to attend.
The number of tickets allotted per student is set after the degree application deadline for May graduates, which falls annually on December 1.
Graduates do not need tickets to participate in the academic procession at Commencement but will need to register to attend, arrive wearing their cap and gown, and have their Columbia ID (CUID) on hand. A registration link will be provided to graduates in the spring semester.
Tickets are neither distributed nor required for guests to attend Class Day.
- Each graduating senior in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering is eligible to receive a set number of guest tickets for University Commencement, which is determined after the degree application deadline for May graduates (December 1).
- Due to space limitations, we are unable to accommodate requests for additional tickets to Commencement.
Registration will open in late March. If you are eligible* to register for University Commencement, you will receive an email from GradZone inviting you to visit the University Tickets website and log in with your UNI to begin the process. Make sure you've selected the appropriate number of tickets for your guests before you finalize your registration. Registrations cannot be modified. (Unlike Commencement, no tickets are necessary for guests to attend the school-specific Class Day ceremonies.)
*Those eligible to participate in the May ceremony include 1) alumni who graduated the previous October or February, 2) students who have applied to receive their degree in May, and 3) undergraduate students who have made a special request to their adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising.
After completing online registration, tickets may be printed or sent electronically to friends and family who will attend as your guest. Note that each attendee will need a ticket with a unique code.
The selling or buying of University Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. Please be cautious of offers to sell or buy Commencement tickets. Tickets hold no official resale value and may be an unauthorized copy, therefore deemed unusable and denied on University Commencement day. Commencement tickets are solely for the purpose of allowing the friends and relatives of graduating students to attend the ceremony. All unwanted tickets should be returned to the respective school for redistribution if a graduate or guest(s) no longer plan to attend University Commencement.