The Baccalaureate Service is a multi-faith 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. All undergraduate degree candidates and their guests are invited to attend.

Ceremony Details

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


The Baccalaureate Service is believed to have originated at Oxford University in 1432 when each bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic exercise. This historical British practice continued with the earliest universities in this country, which were founded primarily to educate ministers. Columbia University began this tradition in 1897 and the ceremony continues today as an interfaith, intercultural service celebrating each undergraduate's academic career.


Students are required to register if they wish to participate and are encouraged to invite friends and family to attend. Tickets are not required for guest admission; however, seating in the Chapel is only guaranteed for degree candidates. 

Degree Candidate Procession

Candidate procession details are available upon registration.

Baccalaureate Service Assembly Map: Candidate Procession for graduation students and faculty.


Ushers will be available to assist guests with disabilities to designated seating areas. No special tickets are required. Sign language interpreters will be available to guests during the service. Please note that St. Paul's Chapel is not air-conditioned. For more information about Disability Services during Commencement Week, visit Disability Services.

Student Speakers
To Be Announced