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Commencement Office
212-854-1753
commencement@columbia.edu

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Schedule:

8:30 a.m. General admission gates open
9:00 a.m. Degree Candidates line up
9:30 a.m. Degree Candidate Procession begins
10:15 a.m. Ceremony begins with the Academic Procession
12:00 p.m. Ceremony concludes

Location: The ceremony will be held outdoors on the Morningside Campus, rain or shine. The Levien Gymnasium of the Dodge Fitness Center will serve as an indoor, weather-friendly, accessible viewing location for any guest with a general admission ticket.

Tickets: Tickets are required for this event.

FINAL REMINDERS:
The University Commencement ceremony of the 260th Academic Year is Wednesday, May 21 at 10:15 a.m. on the Morningside campus. Graduating students should arrive at their designated locations on upper campus by 9:00 a.m. to line up for the procession. Additionally, the ceremony can viewed via our live webcast. 
 

TICKETS & ADMISSION

 

Guests may enter campus starting at 8:30 a.m. and must present their tickets in order to enter campus. Guests will not be permitted to reenter campus after exiting. Guests over the age of three must have a ticket to the ceremony.

Guests with general admission tickets should enter at 114th Street and Broadway to view the ceremony outdoors or at 120th Street and Broadway to view the ceremony indoors.

All guests with disabilities, limited mobility, the elderly needing assistance, or those needing sign language interpretation should enter the below locations for the outdoor ceremony on the Morningside Campus:

  • 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
  • 115th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (between Wallach and Hartley Halls)
Guests with disabilities, limited mobility, or the elderly needing assistance viewing the ceremony indoors in the Levien Gymnasium should enter at 120th Street and Broadway.

NOTE: 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.

Degree Candidates: Do not need tickets to attend the ceremony, but will be required to register and present their CUID to enter campus on Commencement morning. For more information on guest ticket requests and registration, please visit the tickets section of the Graduating Students page of the Commencement website.

Familes and Guests: For more information on tickets and admission, please visit the tickets section of the Families and Guests page of the Commencement website.

Faculty and Staff: For more information on requesting tickets, please visit the tickets section of the Faculty and Staff page of the Commencement website.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

Guest Seating: Tickets allow entrance into Morningside Campus on Commencement Day however they do not guarantee a seat. Seats are on a first come first served basis, they are unassigned, and cannot be reserved. University Commencement is a highly popular event and therefore space is very limited.

Weather: The University Commencement ceremony is an outdoor event which is held rain or shine. Prepare yourself appropriately for the weather conditions. Please bring sunscreen and a hat as well as an umbrella or raincoat, should there be inclement weather. There is also an indoor, weather-friendly viewing location in the Levien Gymnasium of the Dodge Fitness Center, which can be accessed with general admission tickets.

Street Closures: For those planning to drive or park near campus during Commencement Week, please note that many streets surrounding Morningside Campus will be closed (to both traffic and parking) by the NYPD. Check back for more information on the specific street closures later in the spring.

Information on street closures during Commencement Week will be forthcoming in Spring 2014.

Green Initiatives: Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottles in order to cut down on waste. The University is committed to global sustainability efforts and clearly-marked recycling bins will be provided on the campus grounds during the University Commencement ceremony. Following the event, please deposit unwanted plastic bottles or paper products (including programs), in these containers.

After the ceremony: The ceremony will end shortly after noon. We recommend that graduates and their families choose a designated area off campus to meet after the ceremony. With more than 30,000 people on campus, it can be very difficult to find someone — even with a cell phone — without planning ahead.

Bags: For security reasons and to save time, we ask that everyone refrain from bringing bags to campus on Commencement Day.  Any bags or packages brought to the ceremony will be subject to search and must be kept in the owner’s possession at all times. Bringing bags will slow down entry and cause delays.