For Graduates

*Details below are to keep in mind for on-campus Commencement gatherings. Check with your individual school prior to placing your regalia order to find out more about any unique instructions. Visit the Commencement Week Checklist for the most current information. 

Graduating Students may begin ordering regalia on Monday, March 1 with fulfillment beginning on March 15. Check with your individual school prior to placing your regalia order to find out more about any unique instructions. Learn more and place your order.

All academic attire, including the cap and gown, is ordered through the Columbia University Bookstore. The best way to order academic attire, graduation announcements, class rings, and diploma frames is at the Graduation Fair.

The Morningside Campus Graduation Fair will be held at the Columbia University Morningside Campus Bookstore. The Medical School Graduation Fair will be held at the Medical Center Bookstore.

Undergraduates and master's candidates do not need to preorder regalia but can purchase their gowns at the bookstore. Master's candidates at Columbia do not receive hoods. PhD candidates must preorder academic attire for rental or purchase.

For further information on academic attire and the Graduation Fair, please visit Graduating Students.

Unless arrangements are made for summer housing, graduating Columbia College and SEAS undergraduates must move out of University housing by noon on the day after the University Commencement ceremony.

*Details below are to keep in mind for on-campus Commencement gatherings.

Students from each of the individual schools line up on different areas of upper campus on the morning of the University Commencement ceremony. Please refer to the Assembly of Candidates map on the Campus Maps page.

Based on the degree conferral date for all graduates in April, May and June of 2021, diplomas will be mailed to the "Diploma Address" that is on file in SSOL. October 2020 and February 2021 graduates will have received their diplomas in the mail up to two months following their graduation dates. Please visit the University Registrar for more information.

Please email the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at newsteam@columbia.edu to submit your story to the Commencement website.

*Details below are to keep in mind for on-campus Commencement gatherings.

Please confirm with your school. Some schools may extend invitations to graduates with children to have them participate in their Class Day ceremony. Students with children may be asked to register and participation may be limited to those who register in advance.

*Details below are to keep in mind for on-campus Commencement gatherings.

Public transportation to Morningside campus from CUIMC is recommended.

  • 1 train at the 168th St. station to 116th St.
  • M5 bus at 166th St. to 116th St. and Riverside Drive
  • CU Intercampus shuttle bus. Please visit Columbia Transportation for more information.