The Baccalaureate Service is a multifaith 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 from the above schools and affiliates and their family and friends are invited to attend. Tickets are not required for admission; however, seating in the Chapel is only guaranteed for degree candidates.

Ceremony Details

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Location: St. Paul's Chapel, Morningside Campus

Attire: Caps and gowns are required

Webcast: A live webcast of the service will be available 


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. Since the earliest universities in this country were founded primarily to educate ministers, the British practice of the Baccalaureate Service was continued. The tradition of the Baccalaureate Service at Columbia University began after the move to Morningside Heights in 1897. The Baccalaureate Service is now an interfaith, intercultural service celebrating each undergraduate's academic career.


Students are required to register if they wish to participate. Tickets are not required for admission. Registration is currently open here and will be open until 9am on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Degree Candidate Procession

Details will be made available in the weeks before Commencement.


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.