Baccalaureate Service

Students, Faculty, and Staff attending the Baccalaureate Service at St. Paul's Chapel

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The Baccalaureate Service is a multifaith celebration of undergraduate commencement. Service highlights include hymns, musical selections, readings, and reflections by students from diverse faith traditions. The 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. 

All undergraduate degree candidates and their guests are invited to attend. 

Ceremony Details

Sunday, May 12, 2024
10:00-11:15 a.m. (Guest seating opens at 9:15 a.m.)
St. Paul's Chapel, Morningside Campus (117th and Amsterdam Avenue)

Anyone unable to attend in person is welcome to tune into the live stream on this page.


Graduating seniors are invited and encouraged to be a part of the Baccalaureate Service each year. Students are required to register if they wish to participate and are encouraged to invite friends and family to attend. Tickets are not guaranteed for guest admission; however, seating in the Chapel is only guaranteed for candidates.

Student Participants

Student Musical Participants

Bach Society


CU Sur



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.


Columbia University is committed to ensuring that all Commencement activities are accessible to all graduates and guests. Closed captions, a full transcript of the ceremony, and a downloadable PDF program will be available above.

If you have any questions, please contact Disability Services.

This service is coordinated jointly by the Earl Hall Center for Religious Life and the Commencement Office/University Program and Events. Learn more about the Office of Religious Life.