Graduation Event Details

SPS Graduation Ceremony

This ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating students from the School of Professional Studies Class of 2018. Students' names are read as they process across the stage.

Students who have or anticipate degree conferrals in October 2017, February 2018, or May 2018 are invited to participate in SPS Graduation. Due to the growing number of eligible students in our graduating class, students with a conferral date of October 2018 or February 2019 may not walk in the May 2018 ceremony; however, they will be invited to participate in the May 2019 ceremony. Should we have availability and space, students will be contacted in late April to provide exceptions.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: South Lawn, Morningside Campus

Keynote Speaker: Gary Knell, CEO, National Geographic Partners

Reception: There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony on Ancel and Reveson Plazas.

Tickets: Degree candidates must register in order to participate in SPS Graduation. Tickets are not required for SPS Graduation; however, registration for guest count is required. Degree candidates may register up to four (4) guests.

Graduates: Academic regalia required; Graduates must report by 3:30 p.m. to Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall.

Guests: Gates open at 4:00 p.m. for guests. Please plan to arrive before 4:30 p.m.; the academic procession begins at 4:45 p.m. Guests of degree candidates should enter the Morningside Heights campus through Carman Gate on 114th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue). Please note this entrance has a flight of stairs. Guests with disabilities line up at 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Although tickets are not required for SPS Graduation, degree candidates must register themselves and their guests.

Children are welcome at SPS Graduation. All children over the age of three must be registered to attend.

Because of space constraints, it is recommended that you leave strollers at home. There is no stroller parking or storage available; however, if you must bring a stroller to SPS Graduation, please do not use the general admission gates to enter. Please enter at the accessible gate at Amsterdam and 115th Street.

Columbia University 264th Commencement

It is during the Commencement ceremony that your degree is officially conferred. All of Columbia’s schools participate in this event. The Commencement speaker is traditionally the President of Columbia. The ceremony includes awards to honorary degree recipients and outstanding Columbia teachers. If it rains, Commencement still takes place outside. Students do not process across the stage at this ceremony.

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus

Tickets: Graduates will be required to register online to participate in University Commencement and to obtain guest tickets. Degree candidates may request up to two (2) tickets. Graduating students do not need tickets for themselves; their regalia and University ID will give graduates access to upper campus on Commencement Day.

Graduates: Academic regalia required; details forthcoming.

Guests: Tickets are required.

For detailed information, including FAQs, see the Commencement page.

Office of Disability Services
For information regarding wheelchair accessibility and accommodations during Commencement Week, please review this page. If you still have questions, contact the Office of Disability Services. Their email address is Their telephone number is 212-854-2388.