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Commencement is just two months away! The second half of spring semester will go by faster than you think, so we’re getting you prepared with everything you need to know about Commencement Week 2013.

Just like our Commencement website, Facebook and Twitter pages, this edition of the Commencement News contains valuable information to help you get ready for the big celebration on Wednesday, May 22. Keep an eye out for Newsletter #3 coming next month!


The Commencement Office

University Commencement of the 259th Academic Year
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m., Morningside Campus (rain or shine)
  Commencement Tickets All graduating students must register online to participate in University Commencement and request guest tickets. All guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Registration will begin in early April. Look out for notices from your school and visit the Commencement website for more information on ticket registration, allotment and distribution.  
  Commencement Tickets Are you a graduating student? Can you sing?
Then audition for The Columbia Voice!

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We’re seeking graduating performers, including both soloists and ensembles, to audition for the chance to sing the national anthem at this year's University Commencement ceremony.
Auditions are Thursday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to noon , and Friday, March 29, from noon to 3:00 p.m. Callbacks are Friday, March 29, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

To request an audition, please email with your preferred audition date by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22. For more info on eligibility and rules, please click here.

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  Commencement Tickets
Are you ready to graduate? Take a look at the “Graduation To Do” list below to be sure:

  check Make sure you’re eligible to graduate
      Be sure to consult with your academic adviser within your school or department to be sure all of your graduation requirements have been met. (FYI–Deans and advisers are the final authorities on whether or not you’ve hit your graduation requirements.) For more information, visit the University Registrar website
  check   Get Commencement updates online
    “Like” the Columbia University Commencement page on Facebook or follow @CUCommencement on Twitter to stay on top of all of the latest information and news about University Commencement.
  check   Pick up your academic regalia at the University Grad Fair
      Get your cap and gown for Commencement Week at the University Bookstore through March 14 on the Morningside campus, and on March 15 at the CUMC campus. FYI: Full academic regalia is required to participate in University Commencement and many other Commencement Week ceremonies.
  check   Register for Baccalaureate Service
    Undergraduate degree candidates from Columbia College, SEAS, the School of General Studies and Barnard College must register to take part in this long-standing Columbia University tradition.
  check   Prepare to register for Commencement and request your University Commencement tickets
      Visit the Ticketing page on the Commencement Website for information on ticket registration and distribution. And remember to be kind to your classmates—don’t claim more tickets than you’ll need!
  check   Visit the Center for Career Education
      Stop by the Center for Career Education to get advice on your resume, interviewing and career goals as you embark on the next chapter of your life after you graduate.
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    School Ceremonies–May 19–23, 2013, Various Times and Locations
During Commencement Week, each of Columbia’s schools and affiliates hosts its own ceremony to recognize degree candidates individually for their successful completion of requirements.These ceremonies feature visiting speakers and welcome graduates to the stage, providing much-enjoyed photo opportunities to commemorate the occasion. Please visit the School Ceremonies section of our website to get all of the latest information on your school ceremony.

Baccalaureate Service–Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Chapel
The Baccalaureate Service is an interfaith service celebrating the completion of each undergraduate’s academic career. This ceremony features a procession that includes undergraduate degree candidates from Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of General Studies and Barnard College. Service highlights include hymns, musical selections, readings, reflections and speeches by students, including a Senior Reflection and a Family Tribute. All undergraduate degree candidates are warmly encouraged to attend and are asked to register in advance. Please visit the Baccalaureate section of the website for more information.


Question of the Month QuestionWho will speak at this year’s University Commencement?
AnswerIt is Columbia tradition that the President of the University speaks at University Commencement. There is no guest speaker at University Commencement; however, many of the schools within Columbia have guest speakers at their individual ceremonies. Please contact your school directly for this information.


Disability Services
Students requiring accommodations during University Commencement or class day ceremonies, including graduates whose disabilities limit their ability to walk or negotiate stairs, should contact Disability Services at no later than Friday, May 10th. For further information regarding Disability Services and Commencement, click here

Guests with disabilities, limited mobility, the elderly requiring assistance, or those needing sign language interpretation should use the designated disability access gates for University Commencement and class day ceremonies. For information regarding dedicated seating areas on campus during University Commencement and class day ceremonies for guests with disabilities, click here. Additionally, please review the information from your school or program for any special instructions regarding disability seating at your class day ceremony.

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