Convocation FAQ

What is the difference between Convocation and Commencement?

The GSAS Convocation ceremonies recognize candidates for the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Philosophy, respectively. At GSAS Convocation degree candidates are presented individually by name, ascend the stage, and are greeted by the dean of the Graduate School.

University Commencement is the Columbia-wide ceremony in which degrees are officially conferred. All of the university’s schools participate in this event.

Is there a ceremony for October/February graduates?

Convocation and Commencement in May are the only ceremonies for GSAS students, regardless of whether their degrees are officially conferred in October, February, or May. Please see Step 1 of the Six-Step Guide for Graduates to determine your eligibility to participate in the May ceremonies.


How do I obtain my diploma?

After the graduation ceremonies, diplomas for May graduates will be mailed to the address on file in the "Diploma Address" section of the "Addresses: View and Update" page in SSOL.

Is it possible to watch the ceremonies online?

Yes. The Convocation and Commencement ceremonies will be webcast live. The link will be shared at a later date.