Additional Information for Graduates

Congratulations Graduates


All academic attire, including the cap and gown, is ordered through the Columbia University Bookstore.

Master’s degree recipients wear a cap and gown (no hood) and may purchase their regalia in-store or online. Master’s regalia is $72.

  • In-store: Regalia may be purchased beginning February 27
  • Online: Orders may be placed beginning March 4 and ending March 22, to be directly shipped to the student by visiting
  • Online: After March 22, you can order at


Tickets for both University Commencement and the School of the Arts Convocation will become available starting April 3. October 2023, February 2024, and expected May 2024 graduates will receive information by email. Graduates will be allotted up to two guest tickets for Columbia University Commencement and up to three guest tickets for the School of the Arts Convocation. A waitlist will be created for additional tickets for the School of the Arts Convocation, however, two guest tickets is the maximum for the University-wide ceremony.

Visas for Family and Friends of Graduates:

Please see this guide from the International Students and Scholars Office for instructions on how to apply for visas for guests of graduates.

Parking and Directions:

There are a number of considerations to take into account when traveling to campus during commencement week. Please see this page for more instructions.

Columbia University Commencement:

Please visit the Columbia University Commencement hub for a host of information regarding the university-wide ceremony for all graduates.

Updating Your Address:

Diplomas will be sent to the Diploma Address in SSOL. All graduates should log in to their account and confirm that the correct address is listed.

Joining the Alumni Community:

Graduates will receive a welcome email with information on how to stay connected with the School of the Arts, with the larger Columbia Alumni Community, and more!

If you have questions, please contact [email protected].