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Class Day and University Commencement

All graduates are invited to participate in both University Commencement and their school's Class Day ceremony.

University Commencement Overview

University Commencement celebrates graduates from all Columbia University schools and affiliates. Each school dean will speak during the ceremony, and President Bollinger will confer degrees to the graduates from each school en masse. Tickets are required for guests, and the number available to each graduate is set in the spring, once degree applications have been processed and the total number of graduates is known. See the chart below for ceremony details.

Class Day Overview

Class Day is a school-specific ceremony. Attendees will enjoy remarks by the school's dean and other administrators, student leaders and a keynote speaker. The ceremony will also include the presentation of awards and the reading of names. When a student's name is read aloud, he or she will cross the stage and shake hands with the school dean. See the chart below for ceremony details.

A professional photographer will also take pictures of each graduate both on and off of the stage. Graduates will receive an email from the photography company following Class Day with proofs and instructions for ordering online and may also find their photographs by visiting the GradImages website and entering their information and "Columbia University." Soon-to-be-graduates may pre-register with GradImages to receive a discount on photo purchases.

Because professional images of each student will be made available, we ask that guests remain in their seats throughout the ceremony and refrain from standing to take pictures. This will maximize viewing opportunities and ensure an enjoyable experience for all in attendance.

 

Columbia Engineering Class Day

Columbia College Class Day

University Commencement

When is it? Columbia Engineering Class Day 
Monday, May 20, 2019
12:15 p.m.
Ceremony traditionally lasts approximately two and a half hours.
Gates will open for guest seating at 11:30 a.m.

 

When is it? Columbia College Class Day
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Ceremony traditionally lasts approximately two and a half hours.
Gates will open for guest seating at 7:00 a.m.

When is it? University Commencement
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Procession begins at 9:30 a.m.

Who goes? All Columbia Engineering students eligible to graduate and their guestsWho goes? All Columbia College students eligible to graduate and their guestsWho goes? All eligible graduating students from across the University and a limited number of guests: undergraduates may bring up to four (4); graduate students may bring up to two (2)
What happens? In addition to speeches, award presentations and performances, graduates process across the stage, are photographed and have their names read.What happens? In addition to speeches, award presentations and performances, graduates process across the stage, are photographed and have their names read.What happens? In addition to speeches and the presentation of honorary degrees, graduates will stand as a group when their school is recognized.
Where is it? The event takes place on the South Lawns of the Morningside Heights campus. Graduates will be seated on Butler Lawn with guests seated on the lawns to either side.Where is it? The event takes place on the South Lawns of the Morningside Heights campus. Graduates will be seated on Butler Lawn with guests seated on the lawns to either side. Where is it? The event covers all open areas of the lower Morningside Heights campus, with graduates on Low Plaza and guests on the lawns.
How do graduates register to attend? After Spring Break, Columbia Engineering will send a registration link to October 2018 and February 2019 graduates, students who have applied to graduate in May 2019, and undergraduate students who have made special arrangements with their adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising.How do graduates register to attend? After Spring Break, Columbia College will send a registration link to October 2018 and February 2019 graduates, students who have applied to graduate in May 2019, and students who have made special arrangements with their adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising.How do graduates register to attend? After Spring Break, Columbia University will send a registration link to October 2018 and February 2019 graduates, students who have applied to graduate in May 2019, and undergraduate students who have made special arrangements with their adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising.
Do guests need tickets? No, tickets are not required for your guests.Do guests need tickets? No, tickets are not required for your guests.Do guests need tickets? Yes. The number of available tickets for guests will be available in the spring semester.
How do graduates get tickets? Tickets are not required for graduating seniors, but they are asked to register.How do graduates get tickets? Tickets are not required for graduating seniors, but they are asked to register.How do graduates get tickets? Columbia University will send eligible students an email with a link to register and request guest tickets. Students should confirm their ticket quantity before completing the registration; orders cannot be changed after completion.

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