Graduate Life

Resources and events to enhance your student experience

Information for Guests


For a detailed schedule of each ceremony, see the appropriate page below:


GSAS Convocation: Tickets are not required.

University Commencement: Tickets are required for guests and can only be obtained in advance (by the graduating student).

Traveling to Columbia


The Visitors Center website includes comprehensive directions for getting to campus via car or public transportation.


Parking is extremely limited during Commencement week. For more information, see the University Commencement website.

International Visitors

Please read these guidelines from the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) regarding international visitors.


Several local hotels offer discounted rates to visitors to Columbia University. Visit the university's Travel Portal for more information.

Columbia Affiliates

Additionally, some Columbia affiliates have a limited number of guest rooms available.

Union Theological Seminary Landmark Guest Rooms
3041 Broadway (at 121st Street), New York, NY 10027 
(212) 280-1313

Teachers College Guest Housing
517 West 121st Street, New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-3235

International House Guest Accommodations
500 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027 
(212) 316-8400

Other Nearby Hotels

Days Inn Hotel
215 West 94th Street, New York, NY 10025
(212) 866-6400

Morningside Inn
235 West 107th Street, New York, NY 10025 
(212) 316-005

Once on Campus

There is no place on campus to store luggage or valuables during the Convocation or Commencement ceremonies. Additionally, strollers will not be allowed in the guest seating area on South Lawn during the Convocation ceremonies. Those who leave strollers outside the gates do so at their own risk. GSAS cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items.