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.
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.
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
- Enterprise Risk Management
- Information and Knowledge Strategy
- Narrative Medicine
- Nonprofit Management
- Strategic Communication
- Sustainability Management
- Sustainability Science
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 will welcome 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 will have the long-awaited opportunity to celebrate in person as a school.
Immediately following the morning’s University Commencement celebration from 9–10:30 a.m., SPS will host a reception on Ancell Plaza from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Each alum will be given two (2) guest tickets and all attendees must comply with the university's COVID - 19 policy stated above. Registered graduates may access our Marching Order platform to manage their registration and guest tickets by clicking here and logging in with their Columbia email.
Registration for this reception closed on Friday, April 1, 2022. Walk-ins will not be permitted.
Columbia University Commencement 2022
Congratulations to the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022! The Columbia University Commencement ceremony of the 268th academic year will take place at the conclusion of the Spring 2022 semester. During this optional ceremony, graduates from all of Columbia's schools will be recognized en masse and President Lee Bollinger will address the University. This ceremony is held on the steps of Low Library on Columbia's Morningside Campus. Graduates do not "walk" but caps and gowns are required.
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.