The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences holds two convocations to honor its graduating students.

Please note that gates will open approximately 1 hour before each ceremony begins; it is best to confirm specific arrival times with the individual school.


MA Convocation

This ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of all MA candidates in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students' names are read as they process across the stage.

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: South Lawn, Morningside Campus

Speaker: Sunil Gulati, Senior Lecturer Department of Economics; President, US Soccer

Tickets: Not required

Reception: Immediately following the Ceremony at Avery Plaza (5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

Caps and Gowns: Required

Diplomas: Will be mailed to the graduate’s address on file 


PhD Convocation

This ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of all PhD candidates in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students' names are read as they process across the stage.

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: South Lawn, Morningside Campus

Speaker: Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies

Tickets: Not required

Reception: Immediately following the Ceremony at Avery Plaza (8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)

Caps and Gowns: Required

Diplomas: Will be mailed to the graduate’s address on file

Contact Information:

Ann K. Madigan
Director of Administrative Operations
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
212-854-2319
amadigan@columbia.edu