Convocation

graduates around a table

Speakers

PhD Keynote Speaker:
Nim Tottenham, Professor and Chair of Psychology at Columbia University

MA Keynote Speaker:
To be announced

We are pleased to recognize the recipients of awards given annually by the Graduate School and the University.

Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching

2024 Awardees to be announced. 

Columbia University Faculty Mentoring Award

2024 Awardees to be announced. 

Dr. Devon T. Wade Mentorship, Service, and Advocacy Award

The Dr. Devon T. Wade Mentorship, Service, and Advocacy Award recognizes an Arts and Sciences master’s or doctoral student whose work reflects the exceptional commitment of the late Dr. Devon Wade (’18PhD, Sociology) to scholarship, teaching and mentorship, and service and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable communities.

2024 Awardee to be announced. 

The Campbell Award

In 2016, the Columbia University Trustees and the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) established The Campbell Award, which is presented to a graduating student at each school who shows exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit as exemplified by the late Bill Campbell ’62CC, ’64TC, Chair Emeritus, University Trustee and CAA co-founder. 

2024 Awardees to be announced. 

All students who meet the criteria described below are also eligible to participate in University Commencement.

PhD/DMA students

If you are planning to participate in GSAS Convocation on Sunday, May 12, 2024, you must verify your eligibility and register for GSAS Convocation by Sunday, March 31, 2024.

You are eligible to participate in both the May 2024 Doctoral Convocation and the May 2024 University Commencement if:

  • Your degree is conferred in October 2023 or February 2024, or
  • You complete deposit of your dissertation by the deposit deadline for the May 2024 conferral, or
  • You expect to complete deposit of your dissertation by Friday, October 11, 2024, the deposit deadline for the October 2024 conferral. In this case, you may choose to participate in either the May 2024 or May 2025 graduation ceremonies. Please note: The names of students whose degrees will be conferred in October 2024 will be printed in the Convocation booklet in May 2025.

MA students

If you are planning to participate in GSAS Convocation on Sunday, May 12, 2024, you must verify your eligibility and register for GSAS Convocation by Sunday, March 31, 2024.

You are eligible to participate in both the May 2024 Master’s Convocation and the May 2024 University Commencement if:

  • Your degree is conferred in October 2023 or February 2024,
  • You expect your degree to be conferred in May 2024 and you file an application for the MA with the Registrar, or
  • You expect your degree to be conferred in October 2024 and you submit a program-approved Graduation Ceremonies Participation Petition to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs by April 1, 2024. (Note: This petition form does not substitute for the mandatory application for the MA degree, which you must still file with the Registrar by its deadline for the October degree conferral.) Please note: The names of students whose degrees will be conferred in October 2024 will be printed in the Convocation booklet in May 2025.

Note: Participation in GSAS Convocation and University Commencement does not constitute conferral of a Columbia degree.

GSAS Convocation

If you are planning to participate in GSAS Convocation on Sunday, May 12, 2024, you must verify your eligibility and register for GSAS Convocation by Sunday, March 31, 2024. GSAS uses this registration information to prepare materials for GSAS Convocation and to send you important details regarding the event, including how to ensure that your name is pronounced correctly during the ceremony, how to access the University Commencement ticketing system, and how to account for your guests.

University Commencement

All graduating students participating in University Commencement will need a graduate ticket to enter upper campus on the morning of University Commencement. Please refer to the University Commencement website to view Commencement Day instructions and information for graduates and guests.

All students who wish to participate in University Commencement on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, must register for GSAS Convocation by Sunday, March 31, 2024 (see above) to become eligible to access the University’s Commencement registration system.

You will receive an email from the GSAS Office of Student Affairs on March 19, 2024 with instructions to access the University Commencement ticketing system.

Once notified, ensure that your guests' plans are finalized before reserving tickets because you may access the University Commencement ticketing system only once beginning March 20, 2024. You may follow the instructions in the email from GSAS Office of Student Affairs to register for University Commencement and request up to two guest tickets, which will be distributed electronically. Please be considerate to your fellow graduates and reserve only the number of guest tickets that you intend to use.

If you have difficulty registering through the online system, write to [email protected].

Yes. Please refer to the Convocation FAQ page for more information.

    Name cards are required for GSAS Convocation and are used to announce your name as you cross the stage. After you register for GSAS Convocation (see above), you will be able to provide notes on the proper pronunciation of your name. Professional photographers will also use these name cards to identify the student in each photograph.

    You may pick up your name card in person in 107 Low Library the week prior to Convocation (May 8 and 9, 9:15 am - 6:00 pm; May 10, 9:15 am - 5:00 pm). If you are unable to collect your name card in advance, or have forgotten or lost your name card, you may obtain a copy at the designated table in Lerner Hall on the day of Convocation. Please note that you will receive instructions on how to confirm that your name is correct and to provide a preferred name or pronunciation notes before April 17, 2024. Any graduate who does not have a preprinted card with their preferred name when approaching the stage at Convocation will have their name read by a live reader, and their name will not appear on the jumbotron screens or the video of Convocation.

    Diplomas will be mailed following graduation to the "Diploma (DP) Address" that is on file, based on each graduate’s degree conferral date. Verify or update your DP address on Student Services Online (SSOL). Please contact [email protected] with any additional questions.

    A professional photograph of each degree recipient will be available for purchase from Island Photography, the official event photographer. Island Photography will contact graduates via email in the days following Convocation. To ensure that you receive your link to view and purchase your photograph, please click here to register with Island Photography.

    GSAS Convocations will be livestreamed by the University at this link on the University Commencement website.

    You can find information about Columbia University COVID-19 protocols for Commencement-week events here.