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It is a centuries-old tradition in which the President of Columbia University grants degrees en masse to graduating students from eighteen schools, colleges, and affiliated institutions. The University Commencement ceremony of the 265th academic year will take place outdoors on the Morningside campus, rain or shine. All eligible May 2019 degree candidates, and February 2019 and October 2018 graduates, from all schools and colleges affiliated with Columbia University are encouraged to attend.

8:00 a.m. Graduating students begin assembling with their school at their designated location on upper campus, utilizing the Earl Hall Gate, Chapel Gate, Wein Courtyard Gate or 120th Street Entrance to enter campus.

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Graduating students canparticipate in optional GradImages photo booth stations located throughout designated upper campus line-up areas. Early arrival is encouraged for participation.

8:30 a.m., Gates open for general admission

9:00 a.m., Candidate Procession begins.

10:30 a.m., University Commencement ceremony begins.

12:15 p.m., The ceremony concludes.

For more information, please visit:
Commencement Day: https://commencement.columbia.edu/commencement-day
School Ceremony: https://commencement.columbia.edu/school-ceremonies

Event Contact Information: 
Commencement Office