Are you a graduating student? First and foremost, congratulations! Below is a checklist of everything you need to do in the months, weeks, and days leading up to Commencement, and a few tips for the day itself.

First, in order to be considered for a degree or certificate and to obtain a diploma, you must file an application with your school or department. If you have not already done so, please visit the Office of the Registrar's website.

March 2020

  • If you would like to purchase or rent regalia, the University's regalia provider is equipped and ready to facilitate online orders.
    • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students who wish to purchase regalia can still order online directly through Oakhall by Monday, May 4 to be directly shipped to students.
    • Doctoral degree students who wish to rent regalia can still order online directly through Oakhall by Monday, May 4 to be directly shipped to students.  Oak Hall has extended the rental period so students may enjoy virtual ceremonies and other celebrations.  Return regalia, rented through this website, by August 21, 2020.
    • Please contact Tom Spalango directly with any additional questions regarding regalia orders.


April 2020


May 2020

  • Good luck on your final exams!
  • Send your family and friends the link to the University Commencement ceremony web broadcast.
  • May 16–20, 2020: Virtual Commencement Week, including School Ceremonies.
  • May 20, 2020: Virtual University Commencement held at 11:00 a.m. EST


University Commencement

  • Tune in for the ceremony at 11:00 a.m. EST here.


After Commencement

  • Diplomas will be mailed directly to students at the DP address on file with Student Services Online. If there is no DP address through SSOL, the diploma will not be sent, and the student will need to make retrieval arrangements with the Office of the University Registrar. Please contact with any additional questions about diplomas.
  • Update your information in the Alumni Directory for exclusive invitations, alumni benefits, and opportunities that you are now eligible for as a member of the Columbia Alumni Association.