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Additional Event Details

Entrance for Guests with Disabilities/Limited Mobility

  • Guests with disabilities, limited mobility, or elderly requiring assistance, should enter 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Event Host staff will meet your party at this location to escort guests to the seating area.
  • If you have any questions or concerns please contact Columbia’s Office of Disability Services at (212) 854-2388 or disability [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.


The SPS Graduation and University Commencement Ceremonies are outdoor events which are held rain or shine. SPS Graduation is held under a tent, but please prepare yourself appropriately for the weather conditions. Bring sunscreen and a hat as well as an umbrella or raincoat, should there be inclement weather.


Webcasts of SPS Graduation and University Commencement are available on the Commencement website for live, online viewing during the events. Recordings of both events will also be available for on-demand viewing after the event, on the Commencement website.


Several local hotels offer discounted rates to visitors to Columbia University. Visit the University Travel Portal for more information.

Columbia Affiliates
Additionally, some Columbia affiliates have a limited number of guest rooms available.

Union Theological Seminary Landmark Guest Rooms
3041 Broadway (at 121st Street), New York, NY 10027
t: (212) 280-1313

Teachers College Guest Housing
517 West 121st Street, New York, NY 10027
t: (212) 678-3235

International House Guest Accommodations
500 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027
t: (212) 316-8400

Other Nearby Hotels

Days Inn Hotel
215 West 94th Street, New York, NY 10025
t: (212) 866-6400

Morningside Inn
235 West 107th Street, New York, NY 10025
t: (212) 316-0055

Traveling to Columbia

The Visiting section of the Columbia website includes comprehensive directions for getting to campus via car or public transportation.

Parking is extremely limited during Commencement week. For more information, see the University Commencement website.