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Celebrations and Ceremonies

Class of 2021, we look forward to celebrating your hard work and accomplishments at Class Day! 

To honor this achievement, we have an entire week of celebrations, ceremonies and special events planned for you. 

We look forward to proudly marking this milestone with you, your family, your friends, your classmates, your faculty, your advisors, your dean and the entire Columbia community. So many people are waiting to recognize this major accomplishment of yours. Everyone will be watching, so don’t miss a moment!

Graduation Events

Columbia College Class Day

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Virtual Event

A celebration of the accomplishments of all bachelor’s degree candidates of Columbia College. Graduating students will be individually recognized and addresses are given by the president, dean, a keynote speaker and other individuals.

Columbia Engineering* Class Day

Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Virtual Event

A celebration of the accomplishments of all bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree candidates of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Graduating students will be individually recognized and addresses are given by the president, dean, a keynote speaker and other individuals.

*Columbia Engineering graduate students will receive information about celebratory events from Graduate Student Affairs.

Columbia University Commencement

Friday, April 30, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. EDT, Virtual Event

A University-wide commencement ceremony for all eligible April, May, and June 2021 degree candidates, and February 2021 and October 2020 graduates, from all schools and colleges affiliated with Columbia University, as well as family and friends. President Bollinger officially confers degrees to the graduating students en masse and addresses are made en masse.

What is the Difference Between Class Day and Commencement?

Class Day is the graduation ceremony hosted by your school, when your name will be read aloud by the dean and you and your classmates will be individually recognized for your outstanding achievements. You will hear remarks from President Bollinger, Dean Valentini, Dean Boyce and alumni and student leaders, specific to you and your fellow graduates. Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences each host their own Class Day, on separate days. All family members and guests are welcome to attend Class Day.

Commencement is a University-wide ceremony in which President Bollinger officially confers degrees to the graduating students en masse. Graduating students from all of the schools of Columbia University participate. Attending the University Commencement ceremony is not required to graduate from the University and receive your diploma, but it is a rich, deeply symbolic tradition that graduates and their families have enjoyed for over a century.

Other Services and Celebrations

Baccalaureate Service

Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EDT, Virtual Event 

The Baccalaureate Service is a multifaith service celebrating the completion of each undergraduate's academic career 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.

All undergraduate degree candidates and their guests are invited to tune in virtually.

The Baccalaureate Service is believed to have originated at Oxford University in 1432 when each bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic exercise. Columbia University began this tradition in 1897.

Learn more about the Baccalaureate Service

Jewish Life Graduation Celebration

Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Register for the celebration.

Multicultural Graduation Celebrations

  • Friday, April 16, 2:00 p.m.: Multicultural Affairs Graduation Cord Celebration

  • Sunday, April 25, 4:00 p.m.: Native Graduation Celebration

  • Monday, April 26, 4:00 p.m.: Lavender Graduation Celebration

  • Tuesday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.: Asian Graduation Celebration

  • Tuesday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.: FLI Graduation Celebration

  • Thursday, April 29, 6:00 p.m.: Latinx Graduation Celebration

  • Friday, April 30, 4:00 p.m.:  Black Graduation Celebration

In honor of Columbia’s diverse student community and complementing the school- and University-wide graduation celebrations, we are proud to also offer Multicultural Graduation Celebrations, which provide a more intimate setting for students who self-identify in a variety of ways. These events invite community members to reflect on personal growth and community experiences that have impacted their time as students through to graduation. All students are invited to participate in these celebrations.

View more details and information

Leadership and Excellence Awards

Tuesday, April 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT

At the end of each academic year, Undergraduate Student Life and partner offices recognize students with awards and honors for leadership, co-curricular accomplishments, and noteworthy contributions to the Columbia community.

Department Receptions

Dates to be announced.

From toasts and salutes to award presentations and fond farewells, almost every Columbia College and Engineering department hosts its own, unique end-of-year celebration to recognize their graduating seniors.


Countdown to Graduation

We look forward to celebrating the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Class of 2021!

The College's Class Day ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 28, followed by Engineering's ceremony on Thursday, April 29.

Learn more about this year's ceremonies and celebrations.