University Commencement


University Commencement is the Columbia-wide ceremony in which degrees are officially conferred. All of the University's schools participate in this event. The ceremony also recognizes recipients of honorary degrees as well as the Columbia alumni medal and outstanding teaching awards. The Commencement speaker is traditionally the president of the University.

Please refer to the information pages for graduates and guests, as well as the FAQs, to prepare for the day's events.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Morningside campus

8:30 a.m.
General admission gates open - guests must present their tickets

9:00 a.m.
Degree candidates line up by school at designated locations - candidates must wear regalia and have their Columbia ID card

9:30 a.m.
Degree candidate procession begins

10:15 a.m.
Academic procession begins

10:30 a.m.
Commencement exercises begin

12:00 p.m.
Ceremony concludes

Please check the University's Commencement website for full details.