For Graduates

Don't leave home without it!

Be prepared to enter campus with these items before the candidate lineup starts on upper campus at 7:45 a.m. for University Commencement. Make sure to inform your guests about what they should bring with them on Commencement day.

  • Cap and Gown
  • Ticket
  • ReopenCU Green Pass, Proof of Vaccination, or Negative COVID-19 Test (time-stamped photo of an at-home antigen test on the day of each event or email results of a PCR test within 48 hours of the first attended event) 
  • Non-cloth Mask
  • Water Bottle
  • Prepare for inclement weather
  • Feeling sick? Stay home and tune in virtually.

Regalia is mandatory for all graduation events. All academic attire, including the cap and gown, is ordered through the Columbia University Bookstore. Check with your individual school prior to placing your regalia order to find out more about any unique instructions. 

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees: Orders can be placed in store starting March 8. Online orders may be placed beginning March 14 and ending April 27 to be directly shipped to the student by visiting
  • Doctoral Degrees: Regalia may be reserved in stores from March 8 through April 11 without incurring a late fee. In-store pickup and ship-to-home options are available. Online orders may be placed beginning March 14 and ending March 31 by visiting Doctoral rental regalia will be available for pickup in-store beginning May 5.  A ship-to-home option is not available online.
  • 2022 Grad Fair: 
    • March 8-10 at the Morningside University Bookstore from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Distribution of bachelor and master souvenir packs begins.
    • March 11 at the Medical Center Bookstore from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information on academic attire, graduation announcements, class rings, and diploma frames, please call the Bookstore directly at 212-854-4132.

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.

Based on the degree conferral date for all graduates in April, May, and June of 2022, diplomas will be mailed to the "Diploma Address" that is on file in SSOL. October 2021 and February 2022 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 [email protected] to submit your story to the Commencement website.

In general, New York City's excellent public transportation system will be the best way to get to and from campus during Commencement Week.

  • 1 train at 116th Street subway station. *Please note that the 116th Street subway station is not wheelchair accessible; the nearest accessible subway station is 96th Street. 
  • M4, M60, and M104 buses at 116th Street and Broadway
  • M5 bus at 116th Street and Riverside Drive
  • M11 bus at 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
  • Campus shuttles for students coming from CUIMC and Manhattanville campuses will be available. Visit Columbia Transportation or download the Passio Go! mobile app for more information.