Congratulations on your academic accomplishments! As you complete the requirements for your degree, we are working to make sure Commencement Week is a memorable occasion for you and your guests. This page contains all of the information you need to prepare for the week’s activities. We look forward to celebrating this major milestone with you.

Ticket Information

Individual School Ceremonies

Many schools have their own individual Class Day or graduation ceremonies. Graduates typically have their names called and cross the stage to shake the hand of their school's dean as part of the ceremony. For the full schedule and to request tickets for the individual school ceremonies, including Class Day or graduation ceremonies, please contact the individual school.

University Commencement Ceremony

All graduating students who wish to participate in the University Commencement ceremony are required to register online and to obtain guest tickets, if needed. Registration for University Commencement and guest tickets will open after Spring Break. You will receive ticket registration information from your individual school. The significant number of graduates, along with the spatial and security constraints of campus, necessitate a limit on the number of tickets per student. Each undergraduate degree candidate may request up to four (4) tickets and graduate degree candidates may request up to two (2) tickets. Graduating students do not need tickets for themselves; your regalia and University ID will give you access to upper campus on Commencement Day. All guests over the age of three must have a ticket to attend the ceremony.

The selling or buying of University Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited.

Be cautious of offers to sell or buy Commencement tickets. Tickets hold no official resale value and may be unauthorized copies, therefore deemed unusable or denied on Commencement Day. Commencement tickets are solely for the purpose of allowing the friends and relatives of graduating students to attend the ceremony.

Graduation Fair & Academic Attire

The best time to order academic attire, graduation announcements, class rings, and diploma frames is during the Graduation Fair.

The Morningside Campus Graduation Fair will be held at the Columbia University Morningside Campus Bookstore on Tuesday, March 10 through Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Medical School Graduation Fair will be held at the Medical Center Bookstore on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Columbia University is committed to ensuring that Commencement Week is accessible to all graduates and guests. If you need an accommodation you should contact Disability Services.

Graduating students should note that the University Commencement ceremony is on Low Plaza and the processional route for graduates includes stairs. Those graduates whose disabilities limit their ability to walk or negotiate stairs should contact Disability Services to arrange for accessible seating.

The Levien Gymnasium, located in the Dodge Fitness Center, will serve as an indoor, accessible viewing location for any guest with a general admission ticket.

Disability Services is also a resource for information about accessibility during Class Day ceremonies.

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Commencement Week Checklist

This checklist will help you prepare for Commencement Week. If you need additional information, please email the Commencement Office at

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