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At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Graduation Event Details

SPS Graduation 2021

The School of Professional Studies will host its 2021 SPS Graduation Ceremony virtually on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021.

How to Participate in SPS Graduation

All graduates received an invitation to register for SPS Graduation directly from Marching Order to their Columbia email address during the week of March 1st. Graduates must register for our virtual Graduation Ceremony by Friday, April 2, 2021, at 5:00 PM ET. If you have not received registration information from Marching Order please email the Office of Student Life at sps-studentlife [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu

How to View the SPS Graduation Ceremony

SPS Graduates:
SPS Class of 2021 Graduates are invited to join us on April 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM EDT for a live watch party via Zoom. The watch parties are intended exclusively for graduates to join their peers in watching the ceremony. Graduates will receive an email the day before Graduation with their designated watch party link based on their academic program. This link should not be shared with guests and is intended for graduates only

Guests of Graduates and all other viewers:
We welcome guests of graduates and all other viewers to watch the ceremony asynchronously by clicking the below button anytime after April 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM EDT. 

Click here to view the 2021 SPS Graduation Ceremony

*Please note, this button will go live on April 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM EDT. Until then, this will lead to an unpublished webpage. 

2021 SPS Graduation Ceremony Keynote Speaker 

Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. With decades of work, she is an experienced attorney and public servant with a long record of accomplishments. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General. 

In 2013, Ms. James was elected Public Advocate for the City of New York and became the first woman of color to hold citywide office. As Public Advocate, Ms. James served as a watchdog over New York City government agencies and as an advocate for the City’s most vulnerable communities. She transformed the Public Advocate’s office to be a formidable engine for change. 

A proud Brooklynite, she is a graduate of Lehman College and Howard University School of Law. James recently returned to her Executive M.P.A. program at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs as the William S. Beinecke Visiting Professor of Public Policy. She is teaching Rethinking Policing in the 21st Century. 

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Columbia University Commencement 2021

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021, 10:30AM EDT

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! The Columbia University Commencement ceremony of the 267th academic year will take place on Friday, April 30, at 10:30 AM (EDT), via web broadcast. All eligible April, May, and June 2021 degree candidates, and February 2021 and October 2020 graduates, from all schools and colleges affiliated with Columbia University, as well as family and friends, are encouraged to tune in to the celebration. An archived video of the ceremony and digital program will be available for viewing shortly after the live webcast.

The University Commencement Ceremony will be broadcasted here.