The popularity of celebrating Commencement in the spectacular setting provided by our historic campus, combined with natural growth over time in the number of assembled graduates, has led inevitably to new demands on finite space and therefore some incremental changes in order to comfortably accommodate members of the Class of 2013 and their guests. The 2013 Commencement Ceremony ticket policy described here reflects the input of University officers and senior administrators from all of Columbia’s schools and colleges.
In order to more effectively track and manage attendance numbers, all graduating students will be required to register online to participate in University Commencement and to obtain guest tickets, in similar fashion to other ticketed Columbia events. With respect to the outdoor seating area on Low Plaza and South Field, undergraduates will continue to be able to register for up to four (4) guest seats, and graduate students will be able to register for up to three (3). There will be an additional viewing site in Dodge Gymnasium. Tickets to this space will be offered to graduate students first as supplies last. Unused tickets will be pooled and distributed through individual schools as needed. Seat allotments for individual school graduation ceremonies will continue to be guided by each school.
As every Columbia graduate has come to learn, New York City imposes special pressures on space, a reality that is felt even more heavily at other New York institutions. Our ticketing policy is meant to ensure that our university community can continue the unique tradition of coming together as one for Commencement on this historic campus venue.
Registration to participate in the ceremony and request guest tickets is now closed. Eligible students will have received an email from their respective school with the registration link.
Eligible students will be required to log-in with their UNI and password in order to gain access to register and request guest tickets.
If a student does not plan to participate in the ceremony, there is no need to register.
All guests over the age of three (3) must have a ticket to the ceremony and will be required to show it to enter the Morningside Campus.
The selling or buying of University Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. Please be cautious of offers to sell or buy Commencement tickets. Tickets hold no official resale value and may be an unauthorized copy, therefore deemed unusable and denied on University Commencement day. Commencement tickets are solely for the purpose of allowing the friends and relatives of graduating students to attend the ceremony. All unwanted tickets should be returned to the respective school if a graduate or guest(s) no longer plan to attend University Commencement.
Graduating students who wish to participate in the ceremony must wear their caps and gowns and carry their University ID in order to gain entry through one of the designated upper campus entrances to line up for the procession.
· Those who graduated before May 2013 and no longer hold University IDs should bring a photo ID and their Commencement registration confirmation email or a letter from their school on University stationery indicating their participation in the ceremony.
· Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Commencement Day and lasting until the end of the ceremony, navigation across campus will be difficult. Therefore, we strongly urge all graduating students to pick up their caps and gowns prior to the morning of the event.