Countdown to Commencement Week

  • Graduating students sitting in front of Low Library at Columbia University
  • A landscape view of University Commencement on the South Lawn at Columbia University
  • Graduating students waving country flags
Congrats Class of 2020!

Graduating Students

Learn what graduates need to do in preparation for Commencement Week, including an overview of activities, registration information, where to be, and when to be there.

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Commencement History & Regalia

University Commencement has been a Columbia tradition since 1758, when the first ceremony was held at St. George's Chapel on Beekman Street. Learn more about the history of the ceremony and some of the traditions still observed today.