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Graduation Details

Class of 2022

The School of Professional Studies held its 2022 SPS Graduation as two ceremonies both on Friday, May 13, 2022, with a morning ceremony at 10:00 a.m. EST and an afternoon ceremony at 1:30 p.m. EST. Each event had its own faculty speaker and student speaker, who you can learn more about below.

For a complete list of "to-do's", Class of 2022 graduates should refer to the Graduate Checklist.

View the 2022 Graduate Checklist

    Ceremony Location

    Graduation took place on the South Lawn, located directly in front of Butler Library's main entrance. Click here to see this location on the university map.

    Ceremony Assignments

    At 10:00 a.m EST., we celebrated the candidates for graduation from the following programs:

    • Applied Analytics
    • Construction Administration
    • Human Capital Management
    • Insurance Management
    • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
    • Sports Management
    • Technology Management
    • Wealth Management

    At 1:30 pm EST., we celebrated the candidates for graduation from the following programs:

    • Actuarial Science
    • Bioethics
    • Enterprise Risk Management
    • Information and Knowledge Strategy
    • Narrative Medicine
    • Nonprofit Management
    • Strategic Communication
    • Sustainability Management
    • Sustainability Science

    Guest Tickets

    All guests must present a ticket to enter the ceremonies. Each SPS Graduate may reserve up to six (6) guest tickets to share with friends and family who will be attending their assigned ceremony. When graduates formally register for graduation via Marching Order, they will be asked how many tickets they want to reserve and be given the option to email or print each ticket. Each guest over the age of 2 must have a ticket and will be asked to show a print or digital copy of this ticket to enter the ceremony. Graduates can access and manage their guest tickets on Marching Order.

    Additionally, guests must abide by the university's COVID-19 policy, detailed below. Guests are also encouraged to review our Guest Details information page.

    Day of Information

    10:00 AM Ceremony

    • Graduate Check-In: 8:30 - 9:00 AM ET
    • Guest Entry Opens: 9:00 AM ET
    • Ceremony Start: 10:00 AM ET

    1:30 PM Ceremony

    • Graduate Check-In: 12:00 - 12:30 PM ET
    • Guest Entry Opens: 12:30 PM ET
    • Ceremony Start: 1:30 PM ET

    Classes of 2020 and 2021

    Additionally, Columbia welcomed the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 for a campus celebration the morning of Thursday, May 19, 2022. Alumni who graduated virtually these past two years had the long-awaited opportunity to celebrate in person as a school.

    Immediately following the morning’s University Celebration from 9–10:30 a.m., SPS hosted a reception on Ancell Plaza from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Registration for this reception closed on Friday, April 1, 2022. 

    Columbia University Commencement 2022

    Congratulations to the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022! The Columbia University Commencement ceremony of the 268th academic year took place at the conclusion of the Spring 2022 semester. During this optional ceremony, graduates from all of Columbia's schools were recognized en masse and President Lee Bollinger addressed the University. This ceremony was held on the steps of Low Library on Columbia's Morningside Campus. 


    Ceremony for the Class of 2022

    Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 10:30 AM ET

    Ceremony for the Class of 2020 and 2021

    Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 9 AM ET.


    For more information, visit the Commencement Website.