Commencement

Commencement: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
 
Congratulations to all graduates of Columbia University School of the Arts. Below are a few announcements regarding the Commencement ceremonies in May. The first is the University-wide Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 am on Low Plaza. The second is the School of the Arts Celebration of Graduates at 2 pm in Miller Theatre. Both ceremonies are on Wednesday, May 17.
 
Columbia University Commencement Website
 
Tickets for the University-Wide Commencement
All graduating students must register online to participate in the University-Wide Commencement. Information on reserving tickets will be emailed directly to students. Due to the number of graduates and space constraints, students will be limited to 3 tickets.
 
Tickets for the School of the Arts Celebration of Graduates
All graduating students must register online to participate in the School of the Arts Celebration of Graduates. Information on reserving tickets will be emailed directly to students. Graduates are allowed up to five (5)guest tickets: two (2) for seating in Miller Theatre and three (3) additional guest tickets for overflow seating in Dodge Hall (Room TBA), where the ceremony will be streamed live. Graduates must RSVP via the ticketing form to reserve their own seat for the ceremony as well. A physical ticket will not be issued.
 
Cap and Gown Distribution
Academic regalia (cap and gown) for all master's degree candidates will be available for purchase through the Columbia University Bookstore. No pre-ordering is necessary; simply go to the bookstore in Lerner Hall anytime beginning in late March. Regalia may be purchased up to the day of Commencement.  
 
Commencement Day Schedule
Columbia’s University-wide Commencement Wednesday, May 17, 2017
10:30 am–12 pm
Low Library Plaza
 
Graduates assemble at 9 am on the south end of the pedestrian overpass at 115th Street and Amsterdam.
Cap and gown is mandatory.
 
School of the Arts Box Lunch and Social
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
12–1:30 pm
Dodge Hall Plaza
 
Columbia University School of the Arts graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary box lunch on Dodge Plaza immediately following the Columbia University Commencement ceremony. Lunch tickets are required for graduates and their guests. Instructions for obtaining tickets will be forthcoming.
 
School of the Arts Celebration of Graduates Wednesday, May 17, 2017
2–4 pm
Miller Theatre
 
Graduates will be recognized by Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty, and program chairs Maureen Ryan, Timothy Donnelly, Christian Parker and Matthew Buckingham. Keynote speaker TBA.
 
Graduates assemble between 1–1:30 pm outside Miller Theatre.
Caps and gowns are optional.
 
School of the Arts Celebration Reception
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
4–6 pm
Dodge Hall Plaza
 
Columbia University School of the Arts graduates and their guests are invited to a reception in the graduates' honor immediately following the Celebration of Graduates. Please come and enjoy food, drinks and music.
 
The School of the Arts Celebration of Graduates will be broadcast live from Miller Theatre on Wednesday, May 17 at 2 pm.

Please contact soastudentaffairs@columbia.edu if you have any questions.
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