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SPS Graduation & University Commencement

SPS Graduation

Graduation Eligibility

Columbia University provides eligibility parameters for participation in graduation-related events. This ensures that students are completing degree requirements and participating in accordance with University policy. 


May 2023 Ceremony Eligibility

The May 2023 SPS Graduation is intended to celebrate the accomplishments of those students with a degree conferral date of October 2022, February 2023, and May 2023. 

The Master's degree is conferred upon a student who has satisfactorily fulfilled the requirements of the School of Professional Studies and the program. Each program sets forth the specific requirements for the degree, in addition to the School’s standards of satisfactory performance and progress. These standards are described in materials published by the School. To receive a diploma, students must fill out an Application for Degree and email it to diplomas [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

Additionally, Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. To that end, all graduates, visiting alumni and guests must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status in order to attend in-person graduation and Commencement events this May. Vaccination cards will be checked upon entry to all outdoor and indoor venues.

Application for Degree

Additionally, this year, we are happy to announce that students with a planned degree conferral date of October 2023 (those finishing classes in summer 2023) will also be permitted to participate in the May 2023 ceremonies under the following circumstances:

  • Students must register for their final courses, fulfilling all degree requirements, to be completed during summer 2023.
  • Once registered for final coursework, students must receive approval from their academic advisor to participate in the May 2023 ceremony. All approval requests must be submitted prior to Monday, March 27, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • Once approved, students will receive an email with instructions to register for graduation. October 2023 conferrals must still register before the school-wide deadline in order to participate in their ceremony.
  • Students approved to walk in their graduation ceremony are also eligible to participate in University Commencement.

Please note: Students who fail to register for summer courses or who are not an anticipated October 2023 degree conferral will not be permitted to participate in the May 2023 ceremonies.

View full ceremony details here