Baccalaureate Service

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! The Baccalaureate Service will be webcast live on Sunday, May 15, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). Please refresh your web browser to watch the video once the event is live.

*Closed captioning and a PDF of the program is available for this event.

2022 Participants


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 are available above.

If you have any questions, please contact Disability Services.

Learn more about the Office of Religious Life and the Baccalaureate Service.