Countdown to Commencement Day

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  • 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 jumping in the air to celebrate
Countdown to Commencement Day

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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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.