Ceremonies & Events

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

University Commencement will be webcast live on Friday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). For additional information or questions related to Class Day ceremonies, contact your individual school. Visit the Graduating Students and Announcements pages for the most current updates.

University Commencement

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

School Ceremonies

Each of Columbia’s eighteen 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. 


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

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.

Class of 2021: The Columbia Way

Explore the archive of the Columbia Alumni Association’s (CAA) series of specialized online events for new graduates covering everyday challenges, professional skill-building, Columbia’s alumni services, and more.