Learn more about ceremonies and events

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

University Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). More details will be available in the coming weeks. For questions related to Class Day ceremonies, contact your individual school, and visit the announcements page for the most current updates.

University Commencement

This annual University-wide ceremony celebrates graduates from Columbia’s nineteen schools, colleges, and affiliate institutions. Degrees are symbolically conferred upon candidates by the President of the University. 

School Ceremonies

Each of Columbia’s nineteen schools and institutions conduct their own ceremony to honor the accomplishments of their graduating class. Sometimes called Class Day or Graduation Ceremony, these celebrations are typically smaller in size and more intimate than University Commencement. 

BACCALAUREATE SERVICE

This annual multi-faith service celebrates the completion of each undergraduate's academic career.

Classes of 2020 and 2021 Celebration

An in-person celebration honoring the Classes of 2020 and 2021 will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022. More details can be found on the ceremony page. 

Commissioning Ceremony

This historic ceremony celebrates Columbia University graduates as they matriculate from their Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs and become commissioned officers in the United States Military.

Columbia’s Multicultural Graduation Celebrations:

WHAT THEY MEAN AND WHY THEY ARE SPECIAL TO GRADUATES 

In addition to the university-wide Commencement ceremony and each school’s class day, our undergraduate students organize Multicultural Graduation Celebrations that allow them to celebrate the cultural intersections in their lives and honor the communities to which they belong. These celebrations are open to anyone in the Columbia community who would like to celebrate a particular culture or group.