Important Guest Details
Tickets & Vaccination Requirements
Degree candidates must register in order to participate in SPS Graduation and tickets are required for guests over the age of two (2). Degree candidates are responsible for registering their guests and distributing tickets. Each candidate may request up to six (6) tickets. Tickets and proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or proper exemption documentation as detailed below, are required for all guests and must be presented for entry. All guests must abide by the university's COVID-19 policy, detailed below.
Guest Arrival and Entry
Entry for guests opens one hour prior to their graduates' assigned ceremony start time. Guests of degree candidates should enter the Morningside campus through either the Carman or John Jay gates on 114th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue). Please note these entrances have stairs and guests with disabilities should enter at 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
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
Children are welcome at SPS Graduation and all children over the age of two must be ticketed to attend. Due to space constraints, it is recommended that families leave strollers at home. There is no stroller parking or storage available and guests with strollers should enter at the accessible gate at Amsterdam and 116th Street.
Guests and graduates are strongly encouraged to coordinate in advance regarding a pre-planned meet-up point on or near upper campus after the ceremony.
Columbia University is committed to protecting the health and safety of its community. To that end, all graduates, visiting alumni, and guests (except children 5 years and under) must meet the University requirement of full vaccination status or comply with the unvaccinated policies detailed below, in order to attend in-person Graduation and Commencement events this May. Vaccination cards may be checked upon entry to all outdoor and indoor venues.
All students, graduates, visiting alumni, and guests who are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination(s) for medical, religious, or other reasons will be required to do the following:
- Wear a face mask during all events. This applies to all unvaccinated individuals over the age of 2 years old.
- Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, a same-day, at-home antigen test on the day of each event or PCR test within 48 hours of the first attended event. This is required for any unvaccinated guest over age 5 and must be shown at the entry for all indoor and outdoor events.
We recommend that all guests come prepared with masks, regardless of vaccination status, as they will be required in all university buildings.
Live Stream & Recording
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.
Water Stations and Bathroom Facilities
Touchless water stations will be available outside the tents on the South Lawn - please bring your own water bottles to refill while on campus!
Port-o-sans are located throughout campus. Indoor guest bathrooms will be available in Hamilton and Pulitzer halls. Please note, masks are required for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests in University buildings.
Please see the University’s Parking & Directions website for more information.
Parking in Morningside Heights is challenging and on-campus parking is not available to the general public during Commencement Week. Public transportation, such as a subway, bus, or taxi, is recommended. If you must drive, please leave plenty of time to find parking and allow time for walking to campus. There are only a few parking garages near campus that fill up quickly during Commencement Week and cannot be counted on for convenient parking.
City parking rules will be in full effect during Commencement Week; please take note of meters and other parking regulations.
For additional information, please review our frequently asked questions or contact the SPS Office of Student Life at sps-studentlife [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu