Baccalaureate Service

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! University Commencement will be held on Friday, April 30. More Commencement related information will be announced by early-February of 2021. Please check back and visit our Announcements page for the most current updates.

The Baccalaureate Service ceremony in St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University

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

Ceremony Details

Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EDT


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. If you need any accommodations, please contact Disability Services.

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