Graduation Checklist

  1. Submit Application for Degree

  2. Submit Your SPS Graduate Exit Survey which Includes Registration for the SPS Graduation Ceremony (Students must complete this by March 1, 2018 if they plan on attending the event.)

  3. Register for Columbia’s University-Wide Commencement and Request Guest Tickets for Event

  4. Attend the Graduation Fair to Purchase Academic Regalia, Graduation Announcements, Class Rings, and Diploma Frames

  5. Donate to the SPS Class Gift

  6. Order SPS Graduation Photos

1. Submit Application for Degree

In order to receive a diploma, students must complete an Application for Degree and send it by mail or email to the address listed on the form.

Deadlines for Submitting Degree Applications
October graduatesSeptember 1
February graduatesNovember 1
May graduatesDecember 1

M.S. candidates who fail to earn the degree by the conferral date for which they applied, must reapply for a later conferral date.

You can check to see whether or not your Application for Degree has been received by logging into SSOL and clicking on the “Degree Application Status” link. Please note that during peak times, it may take a week for your degree application status to be updated in SSOL.

Approximately two months after degree conferral, diplomas for graduates will be mailed to the address on file in the "Diploma Address" section of the "Addresses: View and Update" page in SSOL.

Failure to apply to graduate will prevent you from participating in the SPS Graduation and CU Commencement Ceremonies.

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2. Submit Your SPS Graduate Exit Survey which Includes Registration for the SPS Graduation Ceremony.

The brief SPS Graduate Exit Survey is required in order for you to attend the SPS Graduation Ceremony. Hearing about your experiences at Columbia University is critical to the ongoing success of our programs and we value your feedback! The Survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and we appreciate your thoughtful responses. Please share constructive feedback, both highs and lows, and feel free to be direct and candid. We will keep your answers private. As we are continually looking to improve our programs and services, your response is essential to understanding the student experience. Hence, completing the survey is required and your diploma will be released once you have done so. Students who have submitted an Application for Degree will receive an email from the Office of Student Affairs with a link to the survey and registration form.

Degree candidates must register in order to participate in SPS Graduation. Each graduate may register up to four (4) guests. After completing questions in the Graduate Exit Survey, you will be prompted to register yourself and your guests.

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3. Register for Columbia’s University-Wide Commencement and Request Guest Tickets for Event.

It is a centuries-old tradition in which the President of the University grants degrees en masse to graduating students from 18 schools, colleges, and affiliated institutions. During this ceremony, remarkable members of the Columbia community and special guests are also recognized through the conferring of medals, awards, and honorary degrees. It is Columbia tradition that the University Commencement address is given by the President of the University.

The Columbia University Commencement ceremony of the 264th academic year will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. outdoors on the Morningside campus, rain or shine. All eligible May 2018 degree candidates, and February 2018 and October 2017 graduates, from all schools and colleges affiliated with Columbia University are encouraged to attend.

Family and friends of Columbia’s graduates are integral to the University Commencement celebration. Tickets are required for admission.

Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Registration for University Commencement, and the option to request tickets for up to two guests, will begin in early March. Please check your email in the coming weeks for a notice from the Office of Student Affairs on how to register and request guest tickets.

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4. Attend the Graduation Fair to Purchase Academic Regalia, Graduation Announcements, Class Rings, and Diploma Frames

Academic regalia is required for both the School of Professional Studies Graduation ceremony and for University Commencement Day.

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 March at the Columbia University Morningside Campus Bookstore. More information will be sent to students about the event logistics.

If you are unable to attend the fair, regalia may be ordered at the Columbia University Morningside Campus Bookstore. The bookstore is located in Lerner Hall, 2922 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, t: (212) 854-4131, f: (212) 854-8713, bkscolumbia@bncollege.com.

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5. Donate to the Class Gift

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is a global network that unites you with a diverse community of over 338,000 leaders and creators, bound together by our shared University connection and our collective passion, intellect, and drive. The CAA offers a professional network, a social circle, a sustaining link to Columbia’s schools and faculty, a repository of resources, a source of intellectual inspiration, and a lifelong connection to an unparalleled academic institution. Through over 100 regional clubs and shared interest groups and diverse digital programs, you have the opportunity to engage with the people, places, and issues that challenge you and move you to action.

All graduates are invited to contribute to their Class Gift on the Giving to Columbia website. You may use a credit card to contribute gifts of any amount. The gift can be in honor or in memory of someone, and can be made jointly with a spouse. See the drop down menu to select “Class Gift”.

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6. Order SPS Graduation Photos

Information on how to purchase professional photos of SPS Graduation will be updated soon.

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