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Graduation Event Details

SPS Graduation 2020

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020

The virtual ceremony is an asynchronous, pre-recorded experience and can be viewed at any time after May 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. This will allow graduates to view the ceremony across diverse time zones and to find a time that works best for their family and friends to tune in. We encourage you to join us on social media to celebrate your accomplishments throughout the day. 

During this pre-recorded ceremony, you will hear from Dean Jason Wingard, a keynote address, and a distinguished student speaker. Additionally, the Dean will bestow awards including the Dean’s Excellence Awards and the Campbell Award. The ceremony will close with the Naming of the Candidates where each graduate's name will be read aloud.  

*Join us in celebration of the Class of 2020 by clicking here to watch the virtual graduation ceremony.

*To access the recording of the 2020 SPS Graduation Information Session click here.

Social Media Engagement 

We encourage you to join us on various social media platforms by using the hashtag #ColumbiaSPSGraduation or tagging us on Twitter: @Columbia_SPS, Instagram: @ColumbiaSPS, or Facebook: @Columbia University School of Professional Studies

There will be various points throughout our virtual ceremony where the Dean will ask graduates to participate in capturing their special moment and we hope you will share it with us.  


Students who still wish to purchase regalia can still order online directly through Oakhall by Monday, May 4, 2020 to be directly shipped to students. The Columbia Bookstore has guaranteed that all regalia orders will be refunded upon request as long as it is unopened. Please contact the Columbia Bookstore to initiate this refund or if there are any additional general questions.


Students with a degree conferral term of October 2019, February 2020, or May 2020 will automatically be included in both SPS Graduation and CU Commencement. If you have an anticipated degree conferral date of October 2020, you are invited to participate with approval from your academic advisor. If you have already been approved to participate, you will automatically be included in the ceremonies. If you have changed your mind, please contact your academic advisor as soon as possible. 

Columbia Alumni Association (CAA)

We encourage graduating students to visit the CAA website to learn more about their alumni benefits and opportunities to get involved with the alumni network.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Life at sps-studentlife [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu

Announcing the Keynote Speaker for the 2020 SPS Graduation Ceremony

The School of Professional Studies is pleased to announce that Cory Booker, the United States Senator for New Jersey, will be our keynote speaker at next Saturday’s Graduation (5/16).  The senator will offer remarks supporting the core mission of SPS, provide perspective on a variety of professional paths, and offer inspiration to our newest graduating class.

A native New Jerseyan, Booker received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where he played varsity football, volunteered for the campus peer counseling center, and wrote for the student newspaper.  After receiving a Rhodes Scholarship, studying at the University of Oxford, and graduating from Yale Law School, he began a career of advocacy, which included creating a nonprofit organization to provide legal services for low-income families and serving the people of “The Garden State” as an elected official in various levels of government (including nearly seven years in the United States Senate).

In “U.S. Senator Cory Booker to Keynote SPS Graduation: 5 Things to Know,” a just-published article on the school site, you will have a chance to learn more about Senator Booker, beyond what information is listed in his bio.  The article link was also shared in today’s “SPS Features” newsletter.

Please stay tuned for several LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram posts, later this week and all next week, tied to Senator Booker’s role as graduation speaker.  Feel free to join the social media conversation using #ColumbiaSPSGraduation.  Additionally, send all questions, comments, and accounts to sharewithsps [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.   

Columbia University 265th Commencement

President Bollinger invites the Columbia Community to come together virtually on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 for official degree conferral. The ceremony goes live at 10:50 am ET, but you can watch it at any time on these Columbia channels:

Commencement Home | Columbia Home | YouTube | Facebook

Follow #RoarLions2020 and #ColumbiaUniversity. Then be sure to tag @columbia in your posts and download a Zoom background of campus icons. Also, graduates, don't forget to get your Instagram cap filter! Lastly, don’t forget to watch the Empire State Building light up for Columbia Graduates on May 20, 2020 from 9:00PM-11:00PM EDT.

The University intends to host in-person Commencement celebrations for the Class of 2020 at a time that will ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees. More information will be shared as soon as it is available.

For updates or questions on Commencement please see the Commencement page.

Office of Disability Services

For information regarding wheelchair accessibility and accommodations during SPS Graduation or Columbia University Commencement, please review this page. If you still have questions, contact the Office of Disability Services. Their email address is disability [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu. Their telephone number is 212-854-2388.