The Baccalaureate Service is a multi-faith service celebrating the completion of each undergraduate's academic career.

This ceremony celebrates 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 tune in virtually.


University Chaplain's Remarks

See the University Chaplain's Remarks for 2020 Commencement on Vimeo or Panopto.


Ceremony Details

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 10:00 a.m. EDT via web broadcast.


History

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.


Accessibility

Columbia University is committed to ensuring that all Commencement activities are accessible to all graduates and guests. If you need an accommodation, please contact Disability Services.


Learn more about the Office of Religious Life and the Baccalaureate Ceremony here.

 

Student Speakers
Several members of the Class of 2020 will give remarks.
  • picture of Yona N. Benjamin
    Yona N. Benjamin
    GS/JTS
    Jewish
  • picture of Tasneem Ebrahim
    Tasneem Ebrahim
    Barnard
    Muslim
  • picture of Nahla Ogeil
    Nahla Ogeil
    GS
    Muslim
  • picture of John Quinn-Isidore Russell
    John Quinn-Isidore Russell
    CC
    Catholic
  • picture of Prateek Sahni
    Prateek Sahni
    CC
    Hindu
  • picture of Jas Singh
    Jas Singh
    CC
    Sikh
  • picture of Kai Tinsley
    Kai Tinsley
    SEAS
    Christian
  • picture of Elektra Williams
    Elektra Williams
    CC
    Greek Orthodox
  • picture of Shoshana Williams
    Shoshana Williams
    Barnard
    Jewish
  • picture of Chenjie Zhao
    Chenjie Zhao
    CC
    Christian